I have developed strategies for cultural centres to deliver on purpose, created a programme of work to support artists to work internationally, raised significant investment from trusts, foundations, local authorities, regional and national government as well as through philanthropic giving and am always keen to build new partnerships:
Surrey Cultural Partnership
I co-chair of SCP as a new initiative involving the arts sector, local authorities, HE and FE, NHS and Police to collaborate on finding common purpose. We have three ambitions. To identify shared ambition, develop a cultural strategy for the county and attract new investment into cultural activity.
Over the past two years I have become curious about the possibility of using libraries as public places to attract a broader audience to cultural activity. I think there is an opportunity to learn how these spaces can be used for exhibitions, performance and workshops. There is certainly something in the air in terms of a national appetite to reinvent what a library might be.
Farnham – World City of Craft
This is one of the happiest achievements I have been a part of. Thanks to the support of an enlightened town council and the encouragement of the craft council Farnham has become the first town in England to gain World City of Crafts status. It offers a unique hook to hang a vision of Farnham as a distinctive creative community.
I developed house as a programming initiative that now works with well over 178 venues across the east and south east of England to ensure a greater range of theatre gets to more people. It has resulted in the south east moving from the least touring theatre happening in the region to the most. The idea is simply to better connect the ambitions of artists with those of our audiences.
Is a biennial 3 day assembly of new English performance at the Brighton Festival supported by British Council, ACE, UKTI, and others designed to enable the independent theatre community to connect, exchange and work internationally. The event features up to 25 companies and over 60 international festival programmers and producers. This has now evolved into a whole strand of work including programmes of exchange with South Korea and Canada as well as showcases in Shanghai and Vancouver
things to do before we die
‘things to do before we die’ is one small attempt to prompt small practical steps that might shift the status quo in relation to diversity and inclusion working with the regions non NPO venues. It has resulted in unconscious boas training, looking at other sectors actions – from the police to sports – and running paid intern programmes.
This is the realisation of a long held ambition to invest in rediscovering ‘a good night out’. Esmee Fairbairn invested in a five year programme to encourage the creation and building of audiences for working class theatre that is both popular and contemporary. Heaven knows we need to connect to a broader audience if we are to rediscover our usefulness to a greater number of people