Research | Concepts & Creative Direction | Curatorial and Programming | Arts Commissioning | Project Management | Festival Direction | Fundraising |Budget Control & Financial Expertise | Operations, Logistics & Planning | Design, Marketing & PR Direction
To plot the course of a project it’s important to understand its social and cultural context. We employ a number of means to achieve this – including public consultation, such as working with local residents and businesses to explore their aspiration for public spaces during our 'Art Park' project – and we always conclude by designing and delivering evaluation and assessment.
& Creative Direction
Places are full of possibilities and we like imagining what could be, what could make a difference, what could look and feel incredible. Our work with Burnley Canal Festival demonstrates our ability to develop an event toward a more culturally rich experience. With ideas in hand we develop work creatively and collaboratively, involving makers, artists and designers to realise a vision together.
We love to find ways of telling a story through our event programme, blending everything from dancefloor-filling DJs, mobile street theatre, making workshops, art installations, participatory dance, pop up fashion shows, street food, distinctive live music, performance and exhibitions to reflect and embellish individual site-specific narratives. Our work in creative programming was recognised at the UK Festival Awards with National Festival of Making being awarded ‘Best Non Music Festival’ in 2018.
In response to our sites, we develop place-conscious concepts for new commissions such as Art in Manufacturing and the Headlands to Headspace Landscape Art Programme. We prepare artists briefs, employ strategic selection processes, curate programmes, commission artists to make new work and deliver day-to-day management and producing for residencies and original new work.
The most important part of project management is being able to respond to unexpected changes in a project because places and people are always in flux. From inception to evaluation we specialize in cultural logistics - after launching the new National Festival of Making's Community Interest Company, we work with a team of experts to manage and realise this innovative and ambitious project.
We direct intimate and mass festivals with attendances of up to 45,000 and always work with a view to develop outcomes both in terms of economic impact, visitor numbers and local engagement in the arts.
Data revealed that the two-day Vintage by the Sea festival had an economic impact of just under £1,000,000 in 2016.
Working collaboratively or on behalf of clients, we support projects by identifying and raising funds through public grants, commercial sponsorship and income generation, making the sometimes daunting task of fundraising that little bit easier.
We have been instrumental in securing funding from such bodies as Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and foundations and local authorities.
Budget Control and
A successful project hangs on the hook of exceptional budget control. We produce successful global budgets for festivals and projects, effectively manage day-to-day transactions and deliver comprehensive financial reporting to funders and stakeholders.
Operations, Logistics & Planning
Great audience experiences are built on well-organised, fluid projects and we ensure our events have a solid foundation behind the scenes. Our team produce event plans, risk assessments, secure licenses and permissions, co-lead on health & safety, manage builds & installations and manage on site crews & delivery teams.
Design, Marketing & PR Direction
Articulating cultural experiences through design can guide public perception of a place, support visitor economies and develop cultural destinations. We brief existing design teams and engage new agencies to develop meaningful PR and marketing strategies, websites, brands and designs.
To talk about festivals, projects and collaborations get in touch with the Partners.
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