I have ten years experience of working within a local authority structure and deliver corporate objectives, strategies and producing business plans for long term projects. I was instrumental in the transition of the Irwell Sculpture Trail from a public sector partnership to a private sector Limited Company and Charity.

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Ongoing: Curator for Chester Public Realm

A 3 year role to identify and develop opportunities for public art in the City with Cheshire West and Chester Council.  The role includes artist selection and identifying and advocating for the role of artists in regeneration and interpretation projects.  To date three schemes are in development and a cross departmental steering group set up:

Artists Nayan Kulkarni – St. Johns Baptist Church Light project, Patricia McKinnon Day – Portico Thimbleys Tower installation. David Cotterrel working on the One City Plan.

Ongoing: Young Person’s Transport Research on behalf of Curious Minds

Cathy Newbery and Claire Tymon have recently been appointed to carry out this exciting piece of research to explore how public transport, youth arts services and providers can be better connected and provide greater access for young people to the arts in the North West.

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Ongoing: Cheshire East Council

Development of guidance, mechanisms, advocacy and delivery of public art aligned to the five ways to wellbeing. Focusing on two towns, Macclesfield and Crewe Station and their regeneration areas.

2012: CWAC Public Art Strategic Framework (PASF)

The PASF was written with the intention to give direction and consistency to the practice of commissioning high quality public art in the authority. The strategy sets out the parameters of how to achieve high quality work and follows what is nationally recognised as best practice. With a programme of change happening across CW&C there was a wealth of opportunity for public art to be identified and captured.

The strategy is being delivered in a number of ways, for instance, in Chester and Northwich a thematic approach has been appropriate when developing a cohesive programme for the town/city. Co authored with Carmel Clapson Arts Development Officer.

2009: Public Realm Design Guides for Chester & Kendal with Taylor Young

The Public Art section is included for information and was developed alongside a comprehensive Guide for the City that is now being implemented.

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2009: Former Corus Rail Works, Workington 

Public art plan as part of the sites Design Statement for a mixed use development site for hundreds of new homes and apartments, retail and new public access for Eatonfield Developments.  A audit of objects was also carried out and some historic objects kept for reuse or for artists to use as raw material.

2007 – 2009: Big Art Project Evaluation 

Channel 4, Big Art Trust. Using the ixia evaluation toolkit on the public art projects that form the Big Art Project to provide evaluation outcomes.

2009: Burnley Borough Council Arts Strategy 

Community consultation led update of Burnley Borough Councils Art Strategy with 4CC: Creative Collaborators.

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2009: Stockton Middlesbrough Initiative  – Green Blue Heart Public Art Plan

Action plan for public realm and interim use of brownfield sites as part of the SMi development plans for sites along the river including local research, case studies, artistic guidelines, funding analysis, commissioning structure, site identification, budgets and timescales.

2008: Wigton Town Centre Public Art Survey


2008: Weaver Valley Regional Park Cultural Strategy

with Taylor Young & Atoll

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2007/08: Vale Royal Borough Council

Public Art Strategy, Policy & Advocacy

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2007/08: Cheshire County Council

Public Art Guidance & advocacy programm

2006: Cheshire County Council

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2006: Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council

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2004/05: Eight Bridges Cycleway by the River Tees – Stockton Council & Middlesbrough Council 

To produce a vision for the project using comparative study of artists and projects from Northern European partners  local research, artistic guidelines, funding analysis, commissioning structure, site identification, budgets and timescales.

I have carried out comparative research of Landmark Art Projects in Germany (Emscher Park) & Norway (Artscape Norland) as part of completing my European Cultural Diploma in Project Manager, Marcel Hicter Foundation Council of Europe 2000.