Past

Independent Producer: June 2008-present

Director: Roundhouse Studios 2001-2008

Director: Tower Hamlets Summer University 1997-2001

Director: A Team Arts 1984-1997

Highlight projects 2012-2013

My evaluation of an artist-scientist collaboration for the Institute of Physics, the first project in their new programme Superposition is available on their website.

My evaluation of Glorious for Rajni Shah ProjectsWhere Will the Message Go? has been published as part of Dear Stranger, I love you. The publication brings together four ways of looking at Glorious: a short film made in response to six performances of Glorious; a music video shot in and around Lancaster and Morecambe; a critical overview of the process behind two iterations of the project; and The Glorious Storybook, edited and contextualised by writer Mary Paterson. The launch event was part of the Beyond Glorious Symposium at Birkbeck College 31 May-2 June.

Other highlight projects 2012- 2013: I directed Mortal:A Drama for  Wellcome Collection and produced research in to arts and culture for Royal Opera House Bridge; worked as a producer with People’s Palace Projects on Rio Occupation London; was lead artist for Oily Cart Theatre on Smallwood Galactic Olympics.  Began working with Rajni Shah Projects.

Highlight projects 2010-11:

Creative Learning Associate for McMcArts on BLINK Margate with Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Scanner and Pan Optikum; undertook research and evaluation for Royal Opera House Education

I have developed pioneering creative organisations that place young people at the heart of their vision, notably as a Director at the Roundhouse, 2001-8 and Tower Hamlets Summer University which I established as the brand leader for summer learning for 12-25 year olds, 1996-2001.

“Hearty congratulations for such a terrific project & performance. Mortal really has been a triumph both in terms of the process of development and final performances.”
Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes Wellcome Collection

Through working with Elizabeth I not only learnt about Darwin but about myself. Without her guidance I wouldn’t have achieved half as much or enjoyed myself as much as I did. She’s a fabulous mentor and a total inspiration to work with.” Ruth Hartnoll, Evolving Words

You  always  light up the  building   with your  spirit  and  presence.  You are  an inspiration. Kole Onile-ere, Roundhouse member

At the Roundhouse I took part in/witnessed many diverse and creative projects provoked, inspired, facilitated, allowed, created and managed under your tenure……and throughout that time you always showed a refreshing sense of genuine concern for the creativity of young people….. a lot of creative progress and delivery was achieved under your management. Jim Carey, Roundhouse artist-tutor.

Projects 2008-10 include

Director, Roundhouse Studios, The Roundhouse September 2001-May 2008

I was responsible for leading the vision for young people to be at the heart of the new Roundhouse, a national flagship for youth participation in the arts. As part of the SMT, I helped to develop policy and strategy for the whole organisation. The success of the Roundhouse Studios during this period was built on a clear vision, diverse partnerships, and productive community development with young people as collaborators.

Director Tower Hamlets Summer University 1996-2001/Director Summer Education UK 1997- 2001 (concurrent roles –now named `Futureversity’)

THSU promotes independent learning, community cohesion and encourages high aspirations. THSU developed rapidly within its first year, became ‘the brand leader’ in its field and inspired the creation of summer universities across London and the UK.

“I would like to thank you for being a positive person at “Summer University” This helped me to develop vital skills I now use in everyday life and distract me from the negativity of what so many in the urban scene describe as “Street Life”. ” Emmanuel Tamabang

Director: A Team Arts 1984-96 (Senior Lecturer), Deputy Director 1982-84

In order to grow during a decade of funding cuts, I generated capacity and resources through partnerships with national museums and festivals. Consistently high quality, bold and ambitious work inspired and engaged the community, attracted highly talented artists and embodied cultural diversity and internationalism.



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