• About:

    I have developed and delivered exhibitions, programmes and projects in the visual arts, working for organisations and freelance in galleries, in public spaces, in a site-responsive manner and within heritage sites and festivals.

     

    I have also led organisations of varying sizes and kinds - some like Creative Partnerships working across sectors, and others like The Art House having buildings and studio space, with artist development at the core of their purpose.

     

    I have raised substantial funding throughout my professional career to support organisations and projects, from ACE through RFO/NPO, Capital and G4A Lottery funding, Trusts and Foundations, and sponsorship from private sector companies. Above all I am passionate about creating opportunities for artists. That is the primary reason why I do what I do, and what has motivated me for the last 20 years.

     

    My current work includes D-LAB, an online commissioning project for Derbyshire, working as Freelance Development Manager with Primary studios in Nottingham, and as Freelance Programme Producer for The Art House in Wakefield.

  • selected Exhibitions & projects:

    This is a small selection of recent projects. See my CV for full details.

    The Art House - Freelance Programme Producer

    Jamie Shovlin: Widows & Orphans, a month-long solo production residency in January 2017.

     

    Film produced by Axisweb.

     

    The Art House - Freelance Programme Producer

    Fiona Grady: Solo Residency, a month-long solo production residency in May 2016.

     

    Film produced by Axisweb.

    The Art House - Freelance Programme Producer

    Lizzie Hughes: 'Museum', a month-long solo production residency in May 2016.

     

    Film produced by Axisweb.

    The Art House - Interim Artistic Director

    International residency programme. This film by Simon Bolton-Gabrielson documents work produced by artist Jaimini Patel during her one-month SOMETIMES residency

     

    This was one of four annual residencies I established while at The Art House in 2013/2014, alongside graduate residencies, interventions in the public realm, participatory art projects and exhibitions.

    The Art House - Interim Artistic Director

    International Residency Programme. Film made by Polish artist Malgorzata Dawidek Grylicka during her one-month SOMETIMES residency, exploring the experience of migrant women.

     

    This was one of four annual residencies I established while at The Art House in 2013/2014.

    The Art House - Interim Artistic Director

    International Residency Programme. Film by Nick Singleton documenting a one-month SOMETIMES residency by Pakistani artist Ali Kazim.

     

    This was one of four annual residencies I established while at The Art House in 2013/2014.

    The Art House - Interim Artistic Director

    Home & Away, an International Artists' Residency in July 2015 led by Ivan Smith, with

    Chintan Upadhyay - India

    Florian Tuercke - Germany

    Lorena Espitia Torres - Columbia

    Achia Anzi - India/Israel

    Timid Elk (Becca Hoy) - Leeds

    Emily Simpson - Manchester

    Ann Balmforth- Wakefield

    Film by Nick Singleton.

     

    Home and Away Wakefield

    CAFE, Ilkeston - Project Manager

    Developed an Art in Empty Shops scheme during 2014, including a showcase of Derby and NTU Graduates in Fine Art and Photography, and secured £15,000 G4A for 12 month artist residency programme

    Images: Laura Clamp/Pat Gray/Peter Selway

    Abandon Normal Devices 2012 - Creative Producer

    Curated and produced Mobile Republic, five heavily modified caravans which toured the NW of England, pulled together to form a circle, creating a central ‘big-top’ social space designed by Bureau A with an artist’s studio, performance space and an indoor/outdoor cinema. Commissions by London Fieldworks, The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy, Julian Oliver and Hellicar and Lewis.

     

    www.andfestival.org.uk

    re:place - 2009/10 curator/producer - site-specific Derbyshire commissions

    Alec Finlay, white peak | dark peak

    A two year project which I delivered for Arts Derbyshire, delivering 2 major commissions (Alec Finlay and Philippa Lawrence) 4 intermediate commissions (Kate Genever, Matthew Smith, Charles Monkhouse and Flore Gardner) and 8 bursaries for artists and festivals.

     

    www.re-place.co.uk

    re:place - 2009/10 curator/producer - site-specific Derbyshire commissions

    Kate Genever, re:worked

    A two year project which I delivered for Arts Derbyshire, delivering 2 major commissions (Alec Finlay and Philippa Lawrence) 4 intermediate commissions (Kate Genever, Matthew Smith, Charles Monkhouse and Flore Gardner) and 8 bursaries for artists and festivals.

     

    www.re-worked.com

    re:place - 2009/10 curator/producer - site-specific Derbyshire commissions

    The Centre of Attention: The Pavilion Of Postcontemporary Curating: A Semi-staged Total Art Work

    A two year project which I delivered for Arts Derbyshire, delivering 2 major commissions (Alec Finlay and Philippa Lawrence) 4 intermediate commissions (Kate Genever, Matthew Smith, Charles Monkhouse and Flore Gardner) and 8 bursaries for artists and festivals.

     

    www.re-place.co.uk

    re:place - 2009/10 curator/producer - site-specific Derbyshire commissions

    Phillipa Lawrence: Darning the Land - Seam

    A two year project which I delivered for Arts Derbyshire, delivering 2 major commissions (Alec Finlay and Philippa Lawrence) 4 intermediate commissions (Kate Genever, Matthew Smith, Charles Monkhouse and Flore Gardner) and 8 bursaries for artists and festivals.

     

    www.re-place.co.uk

    Wirksworth Festival - 2009-11

    Curator

    The 2011 curated programme was diverse, with film, sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, found objects and
    other unclassifable, hybrid art forms. It featured Gordon Hogan, Olga Mesmer/Philip Arnold, Tim Shore, Matthew Conduit, Kathryn Nelson, Rachel Eite, Ivan Smith, Paul Collinson, Tony Kemplen, Nisha Duggal, Kyle Hands, Peter Murphy, Nick Hersey, Jennifer Ross, Rose Butler, Miles Halpin, Rupert Clamp, Tim Haynes, Rosalie Monod de Froidville, Inga Winson, Sam Robinson, Eileen Coult, Olivia Punnett and Claire Goddard.

     

    2011 Festival Brochure

     

    Wirksworth Festival - 2009-11

    Curator

    Art intervenes in buildings, public and private spaces throughout Wirksworth: sometimes in a harmonic rapprochement with the space it inhabits and at others in a dynamic tension with it; sometimes demanding your attention and at others concealing itself and asking you to be discover it.

    2010 featured Goh Ideta (Jpn), Caitlin Masley (US), BIBI (Fr), Flore Gardner (Fr) Tony Hill, Phillip Johnson, Ashley Howard, David Booth and Michael Miller, plus an international selected salon of artists’ film and video.

     

    2010 Festival Brochure

    Wirksworth Festival - 2009-11

    Curator

    Wirksworth Festival 2009 - 2011, Situation Critical, interrogated the commonalities, the contrasts and the conflicts in the relationship between Art & Architecture.

    2009 featured Matthew Houlding, Charles Monkhouse, Alec Finlay, Ben Cove, Raphael Daden, Michael Branthwaite, Kate Genever, Ghislaine Howard, Martyn Blundell and Lorenzo Madge.

     

    2009 Festival Brochure

  • Education work:

    Selected education work: three exhibitions developed through a co-curating process with young people

    An Emotional Journey, 2008

    Year 8 pupils from Queen Elizabeth School Mansfield worked with me on an exhibition at Mansfield Museum. The pupils created zones in the gallery which evoke and provoke anger, joy, envy, sadness, and other emotions. Each zone is colour-coded, associated with the emotion it represents, and contains contemporary artworks. The layout of the gallery takes the form of a maze, so that the visitor goes on an emotional journey.

     

    An Emotional Journey minisite

    media[tion], 2003/4

    This exhibition was the result of a collaboration between me and a group of pupils from Brinsworth Comprehensive School in Rotherham, who worked as the curatorial team putting the exhibition together at Doncaster Art Gallery. They selected an international mixed show including Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Ligorano & Reese, and borrowed work from the ACE Collection.

     

    medi[tion] minisite

    Tatton Park Biennial 2012 - Freelance Outreach Curator

    Worked with 'Save the Family', a charity supporting homeless young families, and Knutsford Academy, creating and co-curating exhibitions with them.

    Images: Photoshopped portraits and The Shed Gallery by Save the Family

     

    www.tattonparkbiennial.org

  • cv:

    Galleries and Organisations:​

    • January 2016 - Present | Freelance Programme Producer | The Art House (Wakefield)

    Planning and delivering four month-long solo artist residencies, with Aaron Williamson, Lizzie Hughes, Fiona Grady and Jamie Shovlin, four month-long collaborative graduate residencies for Fine Art graduates from Leeds College of Art, Leeds University and Staffordshire University, and an International Residency for 4 UK and 4 Overseas artists for May 2017, as well as mentoring and supporting artists in Wakefield District.

    • October 2017 - Present | Freelance Development Manager | Primary (Nottingham)
    Developing partnerships, NPO application, and working on the feasibility stage of a major Capital redevelopment for Primary, an artist-led space that exists to support creative research and to develop new ways of engaging audiences. Offering dedicated artists studios alongside more flexible spaces, both within and outside the building, where artists from around the world can meet and work in the heart of Nottingham, Primary is a place where artists and the public can share, experiment and learn about contemporary visual art through an ambitious programme of events and activities.
    • 2013 - 2014 | Interim Artistic Director | The Art House (Wakefield)

    I established an annual programme of four month-long residencies for emerging and international artists, and five collaborative graduate residencies for 16 recent graduates. I established an income generating artists' residency programme in empty commercial premises, including Poly-Technic, Wood Street Art Club, and secured continuing NPO funding for the organisation.

     

    I was festival Curator & Producer for 3 editions, 2009/10/11, leading on a curated programme of contemporary visual art for an annual festival in Derbyshire Dales, with a focus on new and emerging artists and interventions in the public realm. 2009 featured new work by 12 artists including Alec Finlay, Matthew Houlding, Ben Cove, Raphael Daden, Kate Genever, Charles Monkhouse and Michael Branthwaite. 2010 had new work from 13 artists including BIBI (Fr), Tony Hill, Cailin Masley (USA) and Goh Ideta (Jpn), an outstanding selection of 12 graduates from Fine Art course in the East Midlands, and an international selected video salon. 2011 had an expanded programme of 25 commissioned artists, and again a selected show of the region's best graduates.

    • 2002 - 2004 | Manager | The Art House (Doncaster/Wakefield) 

    Responsible for Project management, Exhibition Curating, Staff management, Fundraising, Financial management for visual arts and crafts membership organisation, I developed a national residency scheme ,'More Than 12', placing 13 artists with a wide range of organisations including Bolton Metro, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Folly and Artsway. Participating artists included Ben Cove, Hetain Patel and Tabitha Moses.

    • 2001 - 2002 | New Media Curator | Pavilion (Leeds) 

    Curated major partnership projects with Leeds West Indian Carnival and The Royal Armouries, and commissioned Encyclopaedia Mundi, a national touring project with Tony Kemplen

    • 1997 - 2001 | Curator | Rotherham Art Gallery

    Developed a contemporary programme and increased the audience by 40% in the first year. Curated major exhibitions with William Stok, Dutton & Peacock, and a nationally touring retrospective of the work of Edwin La Dell.

    • 1994 - 1997 | Arts Centre Manager | NCA (Nottingham)

    Led on building and facilities management and development (including a £250k ACE Lottery Capital programme), gallery programme and commissioning, fundraising, management of staff and freelance artists, creative business development programme, project and budget management.


    Public Realm Commissions and Artists' Projects:

    • 2014 - 2016 | D-LAB - a digital arts project for Derbyshire
    • 2012 | Mobile Republic - touring project for Abandon Normal Devices throughout the NW Region
    • 2009 - 2011 | re :place - curating a 2-year programme of site-specific commissions thoughout Derbyshire
    • 2008 - 2011 | Festival Producer and Curator | Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
    • August 2007 | Bakewell CON[TEMPORARY] Art Trail
    • June 2003 | Brodsworth Hall, Barnsley Parish Church, Rotherham Museum | Cesar Cornejo/Dierdre Nelson/Benedict Phillips/Alison Unsworth/LEO
    • October - November 2003 | D-Frost Festival, Doncaster | Michael Pinsky/Mark Wallinger/Jonathan Shaw


    Education Work:

    • April - October 2012 | Freelance Community Curator | Tatton Park Biennial
    • February 2012 | Freelance Professional Development Training | SITE Gallery
    • February 2012 | Visiting Lecturer in Professional Practice | Staffordshire University Art & Design
    • 2011 - 2012 | SPARKS Research Project Freelance Event Coordinator | Sheffield University
    • 2006 - 2011 | Freelance Creative Agent | Creative Partnerships (BAM) and The Mighty Creatives
    • July 2008 - March 2009 | Freelance Secondary Programme Project Manager | Renaissance North West (North West Museums Hub)
    • June 2007 – March 2008 | ‘An Emotional Journey’ | Mansfield Museum, contemporary art show co-curated with young people
    • December 2006 - January 2007 | Freelance Education Programme Manager | Helen Storey Foundation 'Wonderland' project
    • June 2006 – March 2007 | Project Manager | East Midlands Creative Lab
    • March 2004 – February 2006 | Creative Director | Creative Partnerships (BDR)
    • September 2003 – April 2004 | ‘media[tion]’ | Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, contemporary art show co-curated with young people

    Education:

    • BA (Hons) First Class, History of Art, Design & Film, Sheffield Hallam University
    • MA (Distinction), Contemporary Curating, Manchester Metropolitan University

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