Director of Peninsula Arts
Peninsula Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
Director, Peninsula ArtsBringing the highest quality international cultural names and events to Plymouth whilst providing a platform to support emerging artists, with the aim of inspiring and engaging a wide range of audiences and fostering an appreciation and understanding of the Arts. Skills: Direction, curation, major festival and event management, partnership working, relationship building, business development, fund raising, implementing change, problem solving, communication, mentoring, strategic planning and creative thinking.
Roles on external bodies
- The history and the continued development of public art galleries / collections associated with Universities
- Exhibition interpretation and how to enrich the experience and understanding of contemporary art for a diverse audience
- Arts administration - curation - adapting to a new funding climate
- Critical cultural writing / reviews and commentary
- Book design - magazine design - the artist book
- Drawing - the line in space - graphic intervention - early 20th Century through to the present
- Artists who alter the photograph through graphic means
- Found photographs
2012-2013 Public Arts as Extra-Curricular Learning
Creative practice & artistic projects
2012 - 2013 Executive Producer www.mobydickbigread.com
Working with curators Philip Hoare and Angela Cockayne the Moby-Dick Big Read aimed to represent and reinvigorate the classic 19thCentury novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville for a 21st Century audience. Hugely ambitious in scope the project invited well known luminaries, from arts and science, stage and screen, to contribute a reading, and included: Tilda Swinton, John Waters, Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Simon Callow, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Blake Morrison, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Christopher Frayling, Tania Kovats, China Mieville, Dorothy Cross, Will Self, Benedict Cumberbatch, alongside an equally illustrious list of artists who also contributed or made new work specially for the project: Gavin Turk, Richard Long, Michael Landy, Frank Stella, Susan Hiller, Marcus Harvey. Under the banner of 'making great literature accessible to everyone' the Moby-Dick Big Read reached an audience of over 3 million and receiving world wide critical reviews.
- Moby Dick Big Read launch, 16 September, Plymouth Hoe (part of the Plymouth Marine City Festival and the Plymouth International Book Festival). Featured an introduction by author Philip Hoare, a chapter reading by Simon Callow and a new music commission inspired by Moby-Dick.
- Moby-Dick Big Read on tour, featuring in Aquatopia at Nottingham Contemporary (20 July - 22 September) and TATE St Ives (October 2013 - January 2014).
Art Direction / Design
2012 Author and Art Direction: Crowley, D., Dan & Lia Perjovschi, The Art of Marginalia (Plymouth University Press).
2013 Winter J & Chapman S 'Public Arts as extra-curricular learning' Vice Chancellor's Conference on Teaching and learning. Plymouth University, UK 28/06/2013
2013 Winter J & Chapman S 'Public Arts as Extra Curricular Learning' The 8th International Conference on the Arts in Society. Budapest, Hungary 24/06/2013
Other academic activities
"Does Integrated Medicine Make Sense?" Great Hall, Dartington, 26th May, (organised by Jo Torres and supported by Peninsula Arts and Social Justice, Dartington)