CLAYGROUND COLLECTIVE 2007-present
Founding Co-Director with Duncan Hooson, subsequently joined by Claire West.
Collective are creative producers combining participatory public art, education and research. In response to an acute decline
of clay studies in schools and colleges and of hand skills more widely in society, we embarked on a series of creative projects
to re-engage the public with this universal and abundant material.
Working in over 14 cities since 2007, the company
has engaged over 100,000 people in clay and making. Commissions to poets, musicians, other clay artists, collaborations
with scientists, surgeons, environmentalists, schools, libraries, museums and galleries, has extended interest in clay and
the significance of hand skills beyond the studio.
Following my role as producing
Co-Director, I currently focus on work with Clayground Associate, Thames Archaeologist, Mike Webber.
Link to Clayground Collective.
LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE (LIFT)
LIFT is London's biennial international festival of theatre. Every two years since 1981, LIFT has commissioned
and presented theatre from around the world and the UK "that is daring, relevant and unforgettable. The festival
advances contemporary thought, introduces new forms and ideas and offers new ways of experiencing art." Link to today's
Director, Business Arts Forum 1995-2006
role as Development Director, I led an experiment over 10 years to discover what
people in business might have to learn from the theatre and the young people involved in LIFT's learning programme.
This was the starting point for the LIFT Business Arts Forum, set up in association with the Financial Times, which brought
business leaders, young people and artists together to learn from the theatre on equal terms. Rather than looking for direct
commercial benefits, business and public sector participants sought to learn about the rapidly changing external world which
would come to impact their own. The programme influenced many individuals, LIFT as an organsation and generated significant
funds for LIFT.
I joined LIFT
at a point when free market ideology was in the ascendancy. Arts organisations were encouraged to look to business sponsorship
to diversify income. With colleagues, I set up the business sponsorship campaign from scratch and evolved it over
10 years. We primarily built on companies' directly commercial motivations to generate sponsorship for the programme
in exchange for publicity and entertainment benefits.
Awards and Fellowships:
Collective: National Craft Skills Award 2013
of commitment to excellence in craft skills, success, ambition, exemplary and imaginative approaches in passing on craft skills.
National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts: Fellowship 2001-2003
Writing and research into cross-sector, intergenerational and intercultural
arts collaborations in India, South Africa, USA. Programming LIFT Lecture series: Imagining a Cultural Commons.
Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship 1997
Research in USA into cross-sector collaborations, complexity theory and role
of arts in learning.
Garrett Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Business 1987