Current position since September 2009 – The Brand Company.
Merchandising, auditing and promotional displays
February – August 2009. Manager for Carlisle Arts Festival.
Music, dance, film written and spoken word and visual arts
Booking artists and venues for the visual arts section.
Press and publicity.
Coordinating the event on a daily basis
Instrumental in moving the Festival forward in terms of finding sponsors and partners.
I have set up a bank account and accounting system for the festival
I have introduced new ideas with regard to marketing and audience development
2006-8 Coordinator for FRED (The Cumbria wide Art in the Landscape Festival)
Drawing from local, national and international artists it is the largest event of this kind in Europe
Sitting on selection panel
Presentations at site visit forum
Liaising with site owners and artists
Liaising with press
Advising on Risk assessments and Insurance
Generally developing the festival and organisational procedures with the rest of the team over a 3 year period
2007. 1055 Project
Having secured £10k of Lottery Funding I designed and ran a project to facilitate artists to create workshops in their chosen field and present them to the public.
The funding was used to set up capital purchases and initial running costs eventually leading to self sustaining workshops.
2003 -2007 Eleventh Hour Studios. Studio manager
Finding funding sources
Administration, dealing with supplier and customer accounts and correspondence, book keeping, filing of invoices and receipts, invoicing customers, taking deposits for new studio artists and setting up standing orders, liaising with banks and reconciling two bank accounts and producing financial reports.
Several successful funding applications to the value of approximately £18000.
Representative of the studios in a number of artist run initiatives including the Cumbria network ( founder committee member), The Carlisle Hub (founder member and Treasurer), the Carlisle Art Auction (Committee member), and maintaining links with Cumbria Institute of the Arts (now University of Cumbria) through their outreach program.
2006 -9. Lecturer in Life Drawing at Cumbria University part time.
Student and progressive Life drawing
2005. Founder member and Treasurer of the Carlisle Artists Hub. This is a networking forum for artists to discuss ideas, exchange information and collaborate. The result has been a number of exhibitions and a leading role in the visual arts aspect of the Carlisle Arts festival. The Hub is part of the Cumbria Network
2000- 2005. Road Show Manager for The Ski Warehouse, Carlisle.
Running shows and sales of ski ware and equipment at venues around the country.
PAST CONTRACTS AND WORK
2001. McCann Erickson Guiseley, Leeds.
Working on the Bentley Motor Cars account. A promotional push by the company to encourage prospective clients to take, test-drives. The main areas of work were researching prospective client suitability and building personal profiles on each. Input at creative meetings, organising and directing photo shoots. Other duties were designing packaging, buying, and co-ordinating creative and copy writing departments invMay –June 2001. Worked with children with learning difficulties at the school in Gdynia, Poland. The work was aimed at getting the children to engage with basic colouring in paint, pen and collage
1997 - 99: Bien Ski, London. Manager and part ownwer of Ski Chalet Company in Meribel, France
This was a high end company providing the best in ski holidays.
Overseeing the smooth running of 6 chalets with up to 50 guests.
Staff training for cooking and ski guiding.
Sourcing and building relationships with suppliers and local service providers.
1993-5: Campus Centres. 1996-1999: PGL Adventure (who bought out Campus in 1994). Manager of Outdoor Activity Centres in the Ardeche, France.
Training of staff and implementation of NVQ program
All aspects of running a centre for up to 150 clients and 50 staff
1989 – 1991 The Outside In Restaurant, Horsforth, Leeds. Employed as a chef
1988 – 1990. Freelance Photographer. Mostly working for advertising companies
1982 – 1987. The Outside In Restaurant, Horsforth, Leeds. Employed as a Chef .
1977 – 1979. J.C Studios. Horsforth, Leeds. Employed as a silk screen printer
Cumbria Institute of the Arts. MA Contemporary Fine Art. 2002 - 2004
Cumbria College of Art & Design. BA (Hons) Fine Art. (1st) 1999 - 2002
Kitson College of Technology. Leeds. B.Tec Diploma Photography 1986 - 1988
Jacob Kramer College. Leeds. Art Foundation Course. 1982
Leeds College of Building. TEC Diploma in Building Studies. 1979 - 1981