CURRICULUM VITAE

Twenty-five years experience of working with a wide range of museums, galleries and heritage sites.  Extensive experience of development and management of arts/heritage and learning projects, programmes and resources for adults, families, schools and young people. Excellent organisational and management skills.  Experience of recruiting and training volunteers.

 

Freelancer Creative Producer
Currently developing art and heritage project in collaboration with Birkbeck’s MA Victorian Studies course and the Salvation Army’s Heritage Centre. This project will include a public engagement segment and commissioning a contemporary artist to respond to research about vulnerable women in the Hackney/ Clapton area who were housed in Knitting Homes in the late 19th Century.

 

London Borough of Newham

December 2019 - present 

Heritage Producer

Working with communities to celebrate Newham Heritage Month 2020. Developed bespoke training sessions  and in response to Covid -19 restrictions adapted live programme to online events through project website. https://www.newhamheritagemonth.org

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew 

January 2019 - August 2019

Family Consultant

Development of a Family Tour (Kitchen Garden)

William Patten Primary School, Hackney

September 2015 - present

Creative Producer

Clean Air project. Devised and managed a whole school project to create a soundscape that gave voice to a children’s concerns and anxieties around air pollution in their area.

Young Lungs Soundscape

Freelance Arts Producer 

Advising and arranging artists residencies for KS1 and KS2 in animation, sculpture and installations.

 

 

New Unity Church

Jan - Feb 2019

Volunteer Adviser 

Working with New Unity on their HLF interpretation plan which explores the heritage of the Meeting House in Newington Green where Mary Wollstonecraft attended.

 

 

Bow Arts Trust

Sept 2017 - Jan 2019 

Project Manager for Raw Materials: Textiles 

 

Key Responsibilities:

Managing a  project exploring the heritage of the textile trade in the Lower Lea Valley.  Recruiting a community steering group and supporting them in their research. Organising training in oral history techniques and editing text for blogs and essay writing.  

Working with two commissioned artists and co-curating an exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery.

Collated data and wrote evaluation report for HLF.

 

 

Wellcome Collection

April - August 2018

Youth Programme – Artist / Facilitator 

 

Key Responsibilities:

Managing a  family resource development - youth co-production project.  I worked with a group of young people on work experience to make a family resource for the Teeth exhibition. This also included commissioning and managing an illustrator, writing for a family audience, presenting and pitching ideas. I edited the student’s work and prepared the resource for print.

 

 

Foundling Museum 

2016 - 2019

Freelance Arts Educator 

 

July - August 2018

Schools Co-ordinator (cover for sick leave)

 

Key Responsibilities: 

Managed the school's provision through a period of change at the Foundling Museum.  

Ran sessions for KS1- KS3 in citizenship, history and literacy

Managed a large-scale event which featured author Jamila Gavin.

 

 

The National Portrait Gallery

Sept 2005 - Nov 2017

Family Programmes Manager

 

Key Responsibilities:

To devise and manage a programme of activities, events and resources for families linked to the Gallery’s displays and collections. To diversify and expand audiences through engaging events  Devise and develop resources for families to explore exhibitions and collections.

August 2004 - Sept 2005 Maternity Leave

 

2002 – August 2004

Public Programmes and Adult Education Manager

 

Key responsibilities:

To devise and manage a Public Programme of talks, events, study days and conferences linked to the Gallery’s displays and exhibitions.

 

 

The Geffrye Museum

1997 - 2002

Community Education Coordinator

 

Key Responsibilities

Devising a series of activities and events for the Public Programme, as well as developing community-based projects for families and adults with limited access to the arts.  Developed a series of workshops using the herb garden as a resource for the local community.

 

 

Flashback - Islington Local History Project

1986 -1990

Assistant Supervisor

 

Researched and wrote copy for trails, education packs and displays on local history topics including Dickens in Islington, LGBT writers and Famous Women.

 

 

Education

BA (Hons) Visual Theories   (Grade 2:1)

University of East London 1993 -1996

 

Other Skills and Training

Deaf Awareness Training with RNID,

Arts Administration Course with Islington Theatre Group. 

Makaton level 1,

Dementia Awareness course 

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