Based in North Yorkshire
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Manager for Keighley Arts and Film Festival 2019 and KAFF Intimate 2020. Full responsibility for all aspects of festival planning. Budgets, programing, artist liaison, volunteers, community engagement.
Consultant for development of Keighley Creative Space as they move towards charity status
Craven Arts House: consultant for studio provision and artists live/work scheme in Skipton. This project is in the early stages of seeking funding and devising strategy to achieve studio and living accommodation for creatives in North Yorkshire.
Threshfield Quarry Regeneration Trust - on the board of the trust who are working to both safeguard this huge space and develop it with regard for the environment.
My visual arts practice explores aspects of the natural environment. I am creating work through physical exploration, broadly covering geography, geology, scale, and change through human activity. I use sound, drawing and printmaking to record and create immersive works for exhibition.
East Street Arts
January 2013 - June 2018
Senior Project Manager with responsibility for strategic and tactical management of the national Temporary Spaces programme, comprising over 100 buildings of creative activity across England and Wales. I managed a team of 5 in the Space Team, covering both the temporary spaces programme and 4 permanent studio buildings in Leeds. The team generated substantial income for East Street Arts benefitting the core programme and supporting 19 partnership organisations and 300 artists annually who occupied the spaces for artistic use.
Position: Creative Programme Manager
October 2009 to December 2012
Creating artistic programmes and audience development strategies. Designing and producing complex immersive art events and multidisciplinary activities. Building and project management of Hand Made in Bradford craft shop and arts venue and Pop Up art space in 2009. Saltaire Arts Trail commissions and other external programming activities and events including sound walks and live events.
Regional collaborations with arts and educational organisations and member of Ways of Looking Photography Festival consortium (Bradford based)
Funding bids, budgetary control, reports and evaluations for funding bodies. Marketing both print and social media, devising marketing campaigns, press releases.
Management of networks: The Yorkshire Photography Network and Bradford Visual Artists Network, marketing and staging events
Supervision and training of staff and volunteers to run gallery spaces and events.
Managing of Future Jobs Fund and Inspire I programme, reports, evaluation and financial record keeping for Bradford Council, and Project managing ‘Move On Up’ a graduate transition programme for Bradford Council.
Previous Employment History
Rutherford Creative Projects (January 2007 to October 2008) Freelance project management and design, creating graphics and 3D environments, specialising in museum and gallery exhibitions, fine art catalogues and illustrated texts
Bradford College (March to June 2008) Preparation of course resources for Interior Design HND
Bradford College (August – November 2007) Project manager for Multi (professional printmaking facility) exhibition and seminar project management
JANVS Design (January to June 2007)– Museum exhibition design project management, Preston Hall, Yarm
Rutherford and Wheeler Ltd (1991 – 2006) Company Director
Business specialising in the design of display mounts and exhibition installations in international gallery and museum environments. Full responsibility for strategy, financial planning and programming, client liaison, tender writing, financial record keeping, marketing and employees.
Craven College (2000 – 2006)– Tutor of Art Foundation and Interior Design courses, Craft based courses, course design and administration
Redman Design Associates (1989 - 1992) Museum and Gallery Exhibition project manager and designer, design and project management of temporary and permanent exhibition projects in museums across the UK, including managing large capital budgets and complete museum and gallery refurbishments. Museums include Passmore Edwards Museum, Stratford; Farnham Museum, Hampshire
British Museum (1987 - 1989) Museum Exhibition Designer, design and project management of temporary and permanent exhibitions for the British Museum and Museum of Ethnography, including object interpretation and creation of interactive display elements and full gallery redisplay and refurbishment. Major exhibitions included ‘Living Arctic’ and The National Heritage Memorial Fund exhibition
Fine Art Printmaking practice
Specialising in collographs, etching and book making. Currently participating in projects with artists groups. Exhibited in numerous group shows; venues include The Crossley Gallery Dean Clough, Cartwright Hall, South Square Centre, and Yorkshire Craft Centre amongst others.
Grassington Arts Festival 2010 – ‘Field Day’ a staged outdoor gallery, funded by the Arts Council.
Mill Bridge Gallery 2019 - 'Into The Hills' - semi immersive drawn theatre of rock
Education and Qualifications
Common Purpose Meridian Leadership Programme, Graduate 2016
Bradford School of Art, 2004 - 2006
MA, Distinction, Fine Art and Digital Printmaking
Bradford School of Art, 2007, Post Graduate Certificate Photography
Huddersfield University, 2000 - 2002
Post Graduate Certificate of Education
University of North London, 1982 – 1985
BA Degree Interior Design
Other courses and funded research
Dr Jonathon Pitches (Leeds University) seminar on Performing Mountains
Chrysalis Arts - lecture series on environmental challenges for artists
Fit for Funding
Social Media and Marketing for art organisations Managing email marketing
Turning Point Seminar
Contemporary Craft Fair, Devon
Research trip Arles Photography Festival research trip (ACE funded) Ways of Looking Festival
Various p/t courses and certificates awarded in the following subjects: Adobe Photoshop
City and Guilds 7307 teachers certificate
University of North London (1982 – 1985) BA Degree Interior Design
Southwark College (1982) A level Art grade B
College for the Distributive Trades, London (1980 – 1982) Datec Diploma, Display Design, Exhibition Design, Graphics
Previously educated at Oxted County School, Oxted, Surrey
Boards and Voluntary Work
Settle Stories, Trustee since 2017
Saltaire Inspired, Selection committee for Arts Trail and Fair
Keighley Creative Space, Vice Chair
Consultant for Lothersdale Mill arts restoration project, including planning, funding applications, and design work
Karen Watson, Director, East Street Arts
Anne Mcneill, Director, Impressions Gallery
Jan Smithies, Director, Keighley Creative Space