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, 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 encourage collaboration, write a cultural strategy for the county and attract new investment into cultural activity.
Over the past two years I have been exploring the possibility of using libraries as public places to attract a broader audience to cultural activity as spaces that can be used for exhibitions, performance and workshops.
Farnham – World City of Craft
This is one of my happiest achievements. Thanks to the support of an enlightened town council Farnham has become the first town in England to gain World City of Crafts status. It offers a unique 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 by better connecting artists with our audiences.
Is a biennial 3 day assembly of new English performance at the Brighton Festival supported by British Council, ACE. This has now evolved into programmes of exchange with South Korea, Egypt and Canada alongside training and in-country briefings.
things to do before we die
‘things to do before we die’ is one small attempt to prompt small practical steps to shift the status quo in relation to diversity and inclusion working with the regions non NPO venues particularly around ACEs four investment principles.
This is aimed at rediscovering ‘a good night out’. Esmee Fairbairn invested in a eight year programme to encourage the creation of working class theatre that is both popular and contemporary.