Development Director 
BACKLIT Gallery, Studios & Projects Nottingham, UK.
October 2013 – December 2014
Advising/consulting on the overall development for Backlit – an independent contemporary gallery, artist studios and project space.
Researching, preparing and contributing to funding applications (learning, improving the building) liaising with the Director.
Heritage Lottery Fund application
The Samuel Morley Programme – Learning (Oct 2013 – May 2014)
Creating a unique integrated engagement and outreach programme in consultation with local community groups inspired by the little known Nottinghamshire Victorian textile manufacturer Samuel Morley.
Achievement: Developing the Learning programme directly secured the £56,700 in Heritage Lottery Funding for Backlit to deliver the entire heritage project (Spring – Autumn 2015).

“We are the Community” – Developing and writing a new community engagement programme for Backlit’s Arts Council application (2015-17). Awarded £77,545 (October 2015).

 

 

Critical dialogue & talks programme
Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester, UK.
5th December 2014
“Mark Devereux Projects supports visual artists through mentoring, critical dialogue and curatorial production. Each practitioner’s artistic and career development is paramount, as the organisation provides bespoke guidance, information and opportunities.”

The Backlit team have been invited by the Director, Mark Devereux to contribute to MDP’s Critical dialogue and talks programme. We will be leading free one to one tutorials with MDP Associates and networking with industry professionals from the artist-led and gallery sector in Manchester.

 

 

 

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X Marks the spot public debate. Photo by Craig Proud.

Import X port – inspired by Samuel Morley’s life and beliefs
5th September 2014
Import X port was a live tattooing performance piece by international artist Traci Kelly. The performance draws on the history of slavery and the suffragette movement, who fought for the right for women to vote.

X marks the spot – Find your voice, stand up for what you believe in!
13th September 2014 hosted by Traci Kelly
A public debate, exploring the performance and the issues raised such as current employment rights, what is slave labour today and how do we to express our political voice and feel empowered?
Key tasks: Organising and co-hosting the debate. Promoting and approaching local community and youth groups (18 to 25) to participate in the event.

 

 

 

Digital Camera

My Neighbourhood Nottingham 2014. Image by Kornelija from Catch 22-Girls.

My Neighbourhood Nottingham
January – July 2014
Curator/Project Manager
Lead artist: Jo Dacombe
A collaborative project with Sian Stammers, Director of LandLiesFallow – an artist led project involving community groups in Nottingham.

A unique offsite multi-media project exploring neglected urban or rural spaces. Young people(12-18) living in these areas will reflect and respond to these ‘forgotten landscapes’ through photography, film or text creating a contemporary archive.
Fundraising: Co-writing funding application for Awards for All/Big Lottery Fund. Grant award – £7,100.
Participants: Young people from three areas of Nottingham City, UK. Featuring the images by Bulwell Girls Club at The Bulwell Academy (January to March 2014), Catch 22/Hyson Green Youth Club Girls Group (April to May 2014) and The Greenway Centre, Sneinton (May to June 2014).
Young people’s blog: MyNeighbourhoodNottingham2014

My Neighbourhood Nottingham 2014.

My Neighbourhood Nottingham 2014.

Celebration event: A night of large scale projections of photographs by all participants.
Tuesday 8th July, 6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Hall, Bulwell Academy, Bulwell. Shown as part of the Bulwell Arts Festival 2014.
Event screening: By Urban Projections with additional promotion and support from Plug Promotions, an organisation lead and run by young people from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

 

 

 

Primary  Studios, Nottingham UK. 
January 2013 – January 2014
Board Member – Advising on the development of a new learning/engagement programme suitable for an artist-led organisation.