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Irons, Jennifer
Jennifer Irons is a multi-award-winning dance artist who works internationally in
theatre, film, large-scale site-specific and arts for social development projects. Her
work celebrates inclusivity in dance in all its forms and explores who and what it is
for. She regularly collaborates with a diverse range of people and is currently
Associate Artist with dancedigital, East London Dance and Candoco Dance
Company. She has an extensive teaching practice and has been a guest artist at
several higher education institutions worldwide including Royal College of Music,
University of Hawaii and Makerere University in Kampala; Uganda. Jennifer is CoArtistic Director of dance and technology company makeAMPLIFY with audiovisual artist Zach Walker. She is Director of arts and cultural exchange program
ironINC in Africa and has recently received the Artists’ International Development
Fund for her work with EECDS in Egypt.
Jackson, Paul
Paul Jackson trained in dance and music and has worked internationally in both
areas. He is currently Reader in Choreography and Dance at the University of
Winchester. Before this, he was Head of Music and Dance at Northumbria
University, having worked previously at the Arts Educational Schools, Islington
Arts Factory, Central School of Ballet and the CFPD in Poitiers, France.
Throughout the 1980s Paul was a member of the education teams of London
Contemporary Dance Theatre, Extemporary Dance Theatre and Ballet Rambert.
He has written extensively on dance and music and in 1997 was awarded the Chris
de Marigny Dance Writers. Paul is the author of The Life and Music of Sir Malcolm
Arnold: The Brilliant and the Dark and The Last Guru: Robert Cohan’s Life in
Dance from Martha Graham to London Contemporary Dance Theatre. He is
currently working on a book on British ballet music.
Jalland, Stephanie
Stephanie Jalland has been Artistic Director of Hoodwink, company in residence at
Salisbury Arts Centre, since co founding the company in 1997. During that time
Stephanie has created original theatre and performance events for indoors,
outdoors and site specific locations and toured extensively nationally and
internationally. Hoodwink’s work encompasses major commissions by venues,
international festivals, libraries, National Trust, museums, local authorities and
projects in hospital, care home and community settings. Stephanie is committed to
creating high quality experiences whose form is determined by the subject matter,
context and setting rather than a pre-determined form. This means the work is
accessible to audiences across the age range who may not normally partake in arts
activities as well as already engaged audiences.
Jancovich, Leila
Leila is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and coordinator for the
knowledge exchange network on participation and engagement in the arts, which
is also her main research focus. She has recently completed a phd on participation
policy and has published extensively on the subject. Previously Leila worked for 20
years in the arts sector as a producer, researcher and policy maker in theatre,
during which time she reviewed an average of four productions a week. She has
worked for the Arts Council in the London and Yorkshire offices and was an
assessor in the Eastern region. She is also currently on the national evaluation
steering committee of the Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places Fund
and a critical friend to Doncaster’s Creative People and places programme.
Jefferies, Lucy
Lucy studied film at Queen Mary University and started her career working for
Encounters Short Film Festivals in Bristol. Since then she has worked extensively
for local authority arts teams in Brighton & Hove and London specialising in
developing and producing participatory work and creative programmes for
children and families. She has also worked as an independent producer and
curator for organisations across the UK including a yearlong secondment as Visual
Arts Participation Producer for Southbank Centre. Currently Lucy is setting up a
new organisation in Brighton called Quiet Down There which offers bespoke
audience development and creative participation support to creative organisations
across the South East.
Johnson, Judith
Judith has been writing for the stage, radio and screen and teaching/lecturing
Creative Writing and Writing for Drama for over 25 years. She has taught and been
produced in diverse venues, from the Royal National Theatre to young offender’s
institutes. Judith is a playwright and writing advisor for Theatre of Debate, which
produces plays and educational programmes exploring issues of health and
science. She is also patron and playwright for Razed Roof Inclusive Theatre
Company, which works with people with severe learning difficulties alongside
‘mainstream’ teenagers. Judith has advised a number of companies and writers
over the years on issues of new writing, including Arcola Theatre and Y-Touring.
She has written two musicals with composer Karl Lewkowicz, including Goodbye
Barcelona, winner of two Spanish Theatre Awards. Judith has a particular interest
in the process of developing new musicals and in applied theatre, particularly
young people’s theatre and theatres of learning disability. She has been a Royal
Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellow for the University of Greenwich and
University of East London since 2007 and is now also an RLF Reading Round
Lector in Harlow and Tower Hamlets. Judith is Creative Writing Tutor for Idea
Stores, Tower Hamlets.
Jones, Penny
Penny Jones is a visual arts participation and learning specialist with extensive
experience in galleries, museums and healthcare sites. She has worked as a
programme manager for engage, National Society for Education in Art and Design
(NSEAD), the National Gallery and two East Sussex hospital trusts. Her freelance
clients include the Crafts Council, the National Trust, local authority and national
galleries. She has special expertise in the history of craft and contemporary craft
practice. Penny has edited and coordinated publications for engage and has
contributed articles to the arts and education press. She currently works at the
National Portrait Gallery managing the activity programme of a UK wide touring
Jones, Susan
Susan Jones is a researcher, writer and expert on artists’ matters within the
ecology of the contemporary visual arts. She currently contributes to The Guardian
and Arts Professional and has edited or written in the past for a-n The Artists
Information Company, A&C Black and Thames and Hudson. A passionate
advocate for the value of artists and the artist-led to cultural life she has provided
insight to commissions and inquiries locally, nationally and internationally and is a
visiting lecturer at a various centres and universities. In 2015, she was awarded an
MBE for her services to the arts. Alongside mentoring for individual artists and
consultancy for artist-led and small-scale initiatives, she is a Board member of
Redeye: the Photography Network and has been a researcher adviser to East Street
Arts. Whilst Director of a-n The Artists Information Company until 2014, she
worked with the AIR Council of artists to develop the Paying Artists research
programme and advocacy campaign. Her current research through PhD study at
MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art addresses the relationship of arts policies to
artists’ creative practices and their livelihoods and will generate a new rationale for
conducive environments which can better foster the talents of artists in future.
Kaplinsky, Helen
Helen Kaplinsky is an independent curator based in London, specialising in public
collections and commissioning emerging artists. Collections work includes as EastCoast Fellow with the Contemporary Art Society producing an exhibition at the
Whitechapel Gallery in 2013 and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in 2014.
Working with the Arts Council Collection she curated ‘Image as Witness’ for the
European Commission (2013, London) and ‘British Modern Remade’ at Park Hill
Estate (2012, Sheffield). She has showcased emerged artists internationally
including ’Self-Interruption’ at Jack Chiles Gallery (2013, NYC), ‘When Platitudes
Become Form’ public programme at Mercer Union (2013, Toronto), ‘I Did It My
Way Way’ (2011, Ceiling Space, China), ‘Thrall’dom’ at LIMAZULU and ‘Auto
Couture’ at a bespoke automotive showroom (both London 2012). She lectures in
Art and Design history at the City Literacy Institute (London) and is currently cocurating a set of residencies based at Islington Mill (Salford, UK).
Keys, Geof
Geof Keys is Artistic Director of Queen’s Hall Arts, based at the arts centre in
Hexham. He has over 30 years’ experience of touring and building-based work,
including stints with Orchard Theatre Company, The Stephen Joseph Theatre,
Chipping Norton Theatre and Wildcat Stage Productions. Recent directing credits
include Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Aesop’s Fables for Mad Alice
TC, Stuff and Bottling It for the Bite Size Theatre Programme, and the
dance/visual arts collaboration Talking Without Words. As well as his
specialisation in drama, Geof has a keen interest in dance – commissioning
residencies at the Queen’s Hall, monitoring for Arts Council England (1999 to
2002) and researching international work under the DanceXchange programme.
Geof is currently leading a number of county-wide developments in
Northumberland, including youth dance, small-scale drama and mobile cinema.
Khan, Yasmin
Yasmin Khan is an independent cultural advisor, curator, producer and freelance
writer. Her multi-disciplinary work practice stems from a deep interest in the
cultural intersections of science, art and identity. She originally trained as a bioscientist and has a Master’s degree in Science and Culture from Birkbeck College,
London. Previously she was Interpretation Manager at the British Library and the
Curator Team Manager at the Science Museum. In 2011 Yasmin was awarded the
Wellcome Trust Creative Fellowship on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme.
In 2012, Yasmin worked with the Mayor of London's culture team during her
secondment to Big Dance which formed a central part of the London 2012 Festival.
Yasmin is the founder of Sindbad SciFi: Re-imagining Arab Science Fiction which
is an evolving creative movement initiated in partnership with the Nour Festival of
Arts. Her research interests include gender mainstreaming, cultural diplomacy and
soft power. She is a blogger for the Guardian Culture Professional Network and
exhibition reviewer for the Museums Journal.
Kiernan, Anna
Anna Kiernan is a partner at Thread, a training and creative agency
( Anna is also a Senior Lecturer in Writing at Falmouth
University. Previously, she was Course Leader of the MA in Publishing at Kingston
University. She is a writer and editor with research expertise in contemporary
publishing and reading practices, life writing and arts journalism. Anna has
worked as an editor at publishers such as André Deutsch and Simon & Schuster.
Her publications include the anti-war anthology Voices for Peace (Scribner 2001)
and Bit on the Side: Work, Sex, Love, Loss and Own Goals (Parthian 2007), as
well a book about literary drinkers. She has also contributed to academic books
and journals and to publications such as The Guardian and The Times Literary
Supplement. Anna was a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded oral history project
Museum Lives at the Natural History Museum. She is a National Advisor at Arts
Council Wales and her first poetry chapbook, Pick Me Up, will be published by
Atlantic Press this year.
Laird, Kate
Kate is a freelance producer specialising in combined arts, outdoor arts, carnival
and theatre. She is founding Creative Producer with site specific video mapping
artists ‘Shared Space and Light’, who believe that every building has a story to tell
and so seek to reveal these hidden narratives through unique site specific
projection events using a combination of moving image, sound and light. She has
produced events across the country with Shared Space and Light collaborating
with Wild Works, The World Famous and Zap Arts as well as the companies own
commissioned work. Kate is also Co- Producer of Copperdollar, an immersive
theatre company who place the audience at the core of their work. They explore the
possibilities of art and technology within a theatrical setting. Copperdollar’s work
has toured extensively in the UK to Festivals including Glastonbury, National
Theatre ‘Watch this space’ festival and venues such as The Spiegeltent and The Old
Market. Kate has worked at regional and national level within Combined Arts and
Theatre for Arts Council England. Following five active years on the Board of
Brighton Carnival Association, programming and assisting with the running of the
carnival, she is involved with Kemptown carnival and is on the board of Directors
of Mandinga Arts. Kate has recently been working ‘Saltlick Theatre’ and The
Karavan Ensemble on two solo pieces of small scale theatre.
Lane, David
David is an award-nominated playwright and dramaturg and has been making and
developing new plays in a wide variety of contexts since 2002, including long-term
associations with Goldsmiths College (Co-Convenor, MA Writing for Performance
2006 – 2013) and Exeter University Module Leader in BA Dramaturgy and BA
Playwriting. He has written over a dozen plays for young people, including with
Half Moon Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Chichester Festival Theatre, British
School of Beijing, Salisbury Playhouse, Cheltenham Everyman and the egg.
Commissions for adult audiences include productions at Theatre 503, Theatre
West and Tobacco Factory Theatres. As a dramaturg he has worked with awardwinning devising companies and facilitated writer development programmes and
workshops. He is the author of Contemporary British Drama (Edinburgh
University Press, 2010) and a series contributor to the Modern British Playwriting
series (Methuen) as well as having published articles on playwriting and
dramaturgy featured in Studies in Theatre and Performance and the Exeter
University Research Seminar Series.
Lane, Hilary
Hilary Lane an independent curator and writer. As a senior Arts Officer at Arts
Council England she worked with galleries and artist-led organisations nationally.
Hilary has devised and selected a number of exhibitions based on the Arts Council
and other public collections and has worked as a gallery director and writer on the
visual arts. Hilary was the Cultural Strategy Manager for a county authority putting
particular emphasis on and supporting gallery development. She has a specialised
knowledge of 20th century constructivist art. Currently researching the role of
childhood obsessions in the development of artist’s practice.
Joynes, Victoria
Victoria Joynes has worked in heritage and museums for 9 years which has
included the Wordsworth Trust, Wilton House and Ragley Hall. She is currently
working in the library and archive at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust where she
has been working for the past 5 years. Whilst working in her current role she
completed a Masters qualification in Heritage Management part time by distance
learning with the University of Birmingham. The focus of her dissertation was the
creation of narrative in Social History exhibitions. She specialises in Modern
History with her undergraduate degree in Modern History and Politics from
Cardiff University. Her current role comprises family history, local history, early
printed books library, theatre archive collection and museum objects. She delivers
talks and tours and assists visitors with their research.
Law, Peter
Peter Law is producer who works with technology and people to create interactive
and playful experiences. He has worked on a series of award-winning games with
Hide&Seek and Somethin' Else, including Papa Sangre and the latest versions of
Tate Trumps, and he designed and facilitated games for Hide&Seek's Sandpit live
games events. Currently he works at the advertising agency adam&eveDDB and is
a member of the board of the Live Art Development Agency. Peter has also worked
with Mother London, Tate Kids, Artangel, Coney, ITV, BBC, Samsung, Royal Opera
House, kin Design, National Maritime Museum, Random House and Art of Digital
London, and is games editor of digital publishing website TheLiteraryPlaform. In
the past he has organised literary events and made programmes for BBC Radio 4.
Lee, Richard
Richard trained in Drama at Bretton Hall and subsequently taught in schools and
the Open University. He led the Outreach Department of the Towngate Theatre
before moving on to run the Holborn Centre for the Performing Arts and its Link
Theatre. After a spell as the Essex County Council Arts Officer, he was appointed
Director of Jerwood Space, a unique theatre/dance rehearsal facility with
contemporary art gallery, where he has worked since 1998, supporting and
advising a wide variety of theatre, dance and visual art practitioners. Richard has
been a trustee of essexdance, Pan Intercultural Arts and is currently a trustee and
Chair of Stagetext, responsible for captioning technologies and enhancing the
theatre experience.
Lewis-Crosby, Antony
Antony Lewis-Crosby retired as Managing Director of the London Mozart Players,
having previously been Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Society and Arts Director of the Barbican Centre. Antony began his career as a
concert agent and Deputy Entertainments Manager of Greenwich. He has acted as
consultant to the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, The
Royal Society, RTE in Dublin and the Association of British Concert Halls. He was
a board member of the Association of British Orchestras and recently chaired its
Chamber Orchestras group. Currently, Antony is General Manager of St Luke’s
Music Society, Project Manager of the Festival Chorus and Chairman of the Taylor
Art Trust for the Visual Arts in Dublin. Antony’s artistic interests are broad and,
beyond music, considers theatre, the visual arts and cinema important to him. He
is particularly interested in the development of artistic life in small and
disadvantaged communities.
Little, Henry
Henry Little is Chief Executive of Orchestras Live, the development agency for
professional orchestral music in England. He has worked extensively in opera,
initially as a freelance director with the English National Opera, Royal Opera,
Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Tour and Opera 80. Henry was General
Manager of British Youth Opera and worked as an Artist Manager with the Athole
Still International Artists Management. Between 1998 and 2008, he worked at Arts
Council in a variety of roles: Touring Officer for Opera and Music, Head of Opera
and Music Theatre and Interim Director of Music Strategy, leading the Council’s
2009–12 investment strategy for music. Henry is Chairman of the National Opera
Co-ordinating Committee, has worked as an adviser on opera strategy for the Arts
Council of Ireland and is a regular collaborator with Opera Europa, the industry
body for European opera for whom he has given speeches and written several
Lord, Frances
Frances Lord is a freelance consultant based in East Sussex whose specialism is in
the visual arts and crafts. Frances works with architects, developers,
environmental agencies, and directly with artists and arts organisations initiating,
developing and managing arts and cultural projects. She has a track record in
curating, public art and commissioning, policy and strategy development, training,
mentoring and evaluation. Recent projects include public art for City Park West,
Chelmsford, Essex; Art in the Public Realm Framework for Tunbridge Wells
Borough Council; and sessional teaching at University of the Creative Arts,
Farnham (MA Craft and Design theory and analysis).