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 Projects, Where 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:
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
- Artistic Director of Evolving Words, a national poetry and science project for Darwin200 involving six cities, young people, poets, science academics, museums and arts organisations, in association with Wellcome Trust. June 2008-2011.
- Circus artist professional development for Crying Out Loud 2010
- Faculty member for The School of Life
- Audience development and education programme for successful Heritage Lottery bid.
- Beyond Playing for Success, a National Evaluation Report for Performing for Success (funded by DCFS)
- Youth Consultant for the award winning Sub21 programme on North Tyneside for the National Social Marketing Centre with the local PCT and produced by Lamerton Swales
- Creative Advisor for John Sorrel Foundation on the national Myplace programme.
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.