2008 – 2012 Learning and Access Officer
Nottingham Contemporary, UK

Get Involved 17  (13 to 17 year olds)
Project managing a creative/cutting edge youth led programme, attracting national and international recognition from venues for their unique approach to events and activities.
Session leader and ‘collaborator’ Associate Artist Sian Watson-Taylor.

“Quality moments” A mobile chat show 2011 – 2012

“Quality moments” Image by Jo Wheeler.

Plus Tate Learning Programme London 2011 – 2012
Get Involved 17 were awarded £5K  from J.P Morgan to design their own evaluation tool entitled “Quality Moments”, a mobile Chat Show created to find out what is important to young people in Nottingham today.  The group created a short film documenting their experience of the project working with film maker  Benjamin Wigley.

Plus Tate Learning Publication  2013
“Quality Moments” is featured as one of only four case studies from 20 UK arts venues.  Click here for more information and to download a copy.
Fundraising:  The young people’s programme/Get Involved 17 were awarded £400,000 from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation/Plus Tate Network for The Circuit Young People’s Programme.



Shrine to my heroes. Market of ideas.

Shrine. Market of ideas.

A Market of Ideas
27th April 2011 – The Space, Nottingham Contemporary.

Get Involved 17 set up their own ‘Market of ideas’ where each stall offered something creative in exchange for visitors ideas.  Activities included:
An interactive map where participants could comment on the ‘Market’ and the exhibition by Wael Shawky and Huang Yong Ping.
The Human Jukebox – A stall will present music of your choice in reward for creativity. Draw for a tune; perform for a song!
Create your own shrine about anyone or anything you admire.




March for Vote Art Take Over Day. 2010.

March for Take Over Day 
“ Bored with the election…well here’s something different!”
2nd June 2010 – Offsite
The group took to the streets to promote their forthcoming event Vote Art – Take Over Day taking place on Friday 4th June at Nottingham Contemporary. The public could come and hear the ‘candidates’ promote their art party and join the march!

Vote Art Take Over Day
Friday 4th June 2010 – The Space, Nottingham Contemporary
Inspired by the local elections the public could experience each ‘party’ representing a different style of art and vote for their favorite.  These included traditional art, performance art, surrealism, and multi media/film.




Young People’s Projects 
Devising and managing creative outreach developmental projects with vulnerable and hard to reach young people.

World Event for Young Artist (WEYA) 2012
1,000 Artists, 100 Nations, 10 days.

Community engagement project – Village of the imagination


Village of the imagination. Photo by participant.

Village of the imagination 2012  – Using the WEYA theme of  “Sharing my city” I created a digital photography project working specifically with young people from the Broxtowe Estate in Nottingham.  This outreach project ran during the Summer period (July to September) leading up to the launch of the WEYA festival in early September 2012.

The young adults (16 to 25 )were a brand new group, who had not had the opportunity to engage with contemporary art or visit a gallery. They produced stunning digital photography and a model of their ideal village in response to the natural beauty within their estate.

The project leads were Young Artist Heather Kirk (Get Involved 17) Associate Artists, Gillian Brent and Jo Dacombe.
Partners:  BEST Broxtowe Education Skills Trust, City Arts and WEYA
Fundraising: Awarded £4,000 from The Mighty Creatives (Leicester) to deliver the project.



Between the lines 2011 – 2012

“Free” Between the lines.

Between the lines is a text and spoken word digital project working specifically with vulnerable young people. Participants from Thorneywood Education Base and Denewood Learning Centre have been exploring their ideas and perceptions of ‘a Sense of Place’.

For the first phase of the project Associate Artist Gillian Brent developed and delivered creative sessions with the young people, constructing 3D words and phrases about where they live and how they feel about the place they are in. These were photographed and turned into slide shows of images.

For the second phase international renowned poet and playwright Rommi Smith worked alongside Gillian, to engage and support the young people in creating poetry and three dimensional ‘imaginary spaces’, linking reality and fantasy.



Power to the people! 
1st October  2011
4pm to 8pm, Nottingham Contemporary 
Co creating, promoting and managing a graphic design/poster-making session led by Emory Douglas (US).


Power to the people!  October 2011.

Emory Douglas is the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party (US) and absolutely integral to its development. The Black Panther Party was an African American revolutionary organization active in the US from 1966 to 1982. They achieved national and international notoriety through its involvement in the Black Power movement and U.S politics of the 1960s and 1970s.  Emory Douglas developed the powerful graphic identity that defined the movement and played a large part in its huge popular appeal.

For the Power to the people! creative session, young adults explored the current issues facing their peers (unemployment, rising university fees, body image and the recent riots) and created political posters. Although he lives in the US, Douglas was in the UK at the end of the recent riots. During the workshop he discussed the difference between being destructive and taking part in revolutionary protest, as the Panther’s did.
Participants:  Young people/adults aged 14 to 30, members of YARD (Youth Arts Research and Development) from New Art Exchange and Get Involved 17.



British Art Show 7 – In The Days of the Comet
23 October 2010 – 09 January 2011
The British Art Show is held every five years, presenting new and recent works by contemporary artists based in Britain. A Hayward Touring exhibition opened for the first time in Nottingham and shown at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle.

Digital dialogues
Creating the idea for a vocal digital map that led viewers on a journey around the city featuring responses to artwork shown in each venue.  This interactive ‘map’ linked together all the Nottingham venues showing British Art Show 7.

The film featured comments from people about a particular artwork they love or what they see on the journey through the city between the venues.  Participants included Get Involved 17, youth groups from all the venues and the general public.

Digital dialogues film created by Stevie-Jade Robinson and Daniel Thomas.
Partners: Working in collaboration with Learning teams from The New Art Exchange and The Castle Museum.



Diane Arbus inspired Learning Programme
July – October 2010


“Owl man” Image by participant.

Diane Arbus inspired Learning Programme – A six-week photographic outreach project working with young people from Bulwell and a free Summer School that included 5 free one-day sessions.

Using photography, young people explored the themes and subject matter of the acclaimed photographer Diane Arbus (US).  Participants were encouraged to explore their city and captured striking black and white portraits and urban landscapes. The project culminated with a slideshow of images on flat screen around the building and on the glass wall in the stairwell of the building.
Participants:  Young people aged 13 to 16 from the Bulwell Academy (Area of social deprivation) and 13 to 21 year olds from Nottingham.
Funders and Partners: The Art Fund/Artists Rooms on tour, Tate Modern National Galleries of Scotland.




2005 – 2008 Visual Arts Access Officer
Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.

Initiating, developing and managing activities for the Learning Programme.

Raw: The People’s Guide to contemporary art 2006
Produced in response to British Art Show 6

Co-ordinating workshops and group visits with APT Young People’s group (13 to 19 years at risk) a unique people’s guide to The British Art Show 6.

Nine community groups were recruited by each exhibiting gallery and worked with a local artist to explore a particular aspect of contemporary art practice. All groups visited British At Show 6 at The Baltic, Newcastle and at galleries across Manchester. Through discussion of what they saw and the creation of their own artwork each group provided interpretative material for the guide. APT focused on installation art.
Partners: Learning teams from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Bonington Gallery, Djanogly Art Gallery, New Art Exchange, local artists and over 80 participants.
Funders: Berryman, Arts Council of England, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University, Esmee Fairbairn, Hayward Gallery Touring.
Guide designed by Eskimo.