I have an Artist’s Bursary to respond creatively to Southampton’s Creative City conference (thanks SCDT, it’s much appreciated). The main output will happen on Day Two, but so far it’s been unequivocally positive – yes, there are challenges and criticisms, but there is a genuine feeling that the city can make its cultural voice heard and, y’know, maybe become City of Culture in 2025… for now, here are some images from the first day. Should we ask what art people want? How can we support our artists? Should Southampton be more Hull?