Producer, curator and artist-maker, currently Visual Arts Programme Manager at HOME (formerly Cornerhouse), Greater Manchester’s international centre for cinema and contemporary visual art. My background is a mix of arts production and development, including ten years with the BBC across a range of departments and platforms; incorporating radio, online, personal digital production, video journalism and latterly within live events and cultural programming.
In my current role I work alongside an international roster of emerging and mid-career artists to produce first run exhibitions and new commissions, specializing in – but not limited to – experimental film and video, performance and participatory work. Producer for HOME Artist Film, a unique development strand that facilitates, commissions, exhibits and distributes feature-length artist film.
Recent projects include Producer of Jamie Shovlin’s feature length hybrid documentary, Rough Cut, a co-commission with Toronto International Film Festival (official selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam), Producer for Al & Al’s mid-length CGI fantasy short The Creator for AND Festival on the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth (winner, Prix du Jury, Utopiales International Festival of Science Fiction), and Rosa Barba’s Subconscious Society (co-commission with Turner Contemporary, Margate, feature-length premiere scheduled for Berlin Biennale 2014).
My own practice explores collaboration, interpretation, creative compulsion and the championing of ‘outsider’ enthusiasm in the face of a dense, theoretical miasma surrounding the discussion of cultural activity. Awarded a grant from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation for Nicho Nativity (2013). Between 2009-2012 I received x4 Inspire Mark awards for cultural innovation from the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games for Places of Public Resort, Silent Night, DaDaVisions and Glastonbury Village Screen.
I actively seek opportunities to challenge, stimulate and engage audiences who might otherwise lack the confidence or knowledge required to access art in more formal settings. I try to do this through site-specific intervention, alternative methods of engagement and by inserting myself as a bridge or ‘Babel fish’* in the communication of opinion and intent, be that of others or myself.
*A literary invention of author Douglas Adams in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, specifically a small, peculiar creature that when inserted in the ear acts as a universal translator, decoding the most complex and alien of languages.