Meet Culture Shift’s extended team of creative experts that both broker and deliver work. Each and every one is a passionate, skilled and responsive professional able to work alone or within teams.
Nicky is a creative, dynamic and experienced project manager and arts education consultant, able to calmly take an idea from inception to reality with humour, rigour and an analytical approach. Nicky has worked for a wide range of cultural organisations from the Bfi to Apples and Snakes and is passionate about the arts, especially theatre, film and spoken word. She has worked widely within arts education and the disability arts sectors and is an effective evaluator and clear communicator. Nicky has led evaluation work for Culture Shift on a number of projects including the Pantry Project, an arts and cookery project for young people with learning disabilities; and Open Sesame an innovative programme to develop creative learning provision for under 5’s with local authority arts and early years services in three counties.
Clare has extensive experience of developing and managing projects that create opportunities for people to learn and develop through their participation in the arts. With a background as a local government arts officer she is experienced in partnership working and has developed and led successful projects including the recent Open Sesame. Her skills also include fundraising, research and evaluation, and organising events, and she has been delivering Creative Café events across Sussex and Surrey. She also has experience as a theatre practitioner devising work with and for children and young people using shadow puppetry and other visual theatre techniques.
Adam is a Creative Producer and the Director of AudioActive, a pioneering regional youth music and arts organisation where he has worked since 2006. He has a background in youth work and alternative education. In 2009 Adam was one of only two people in the South East nominated to receive a BBC Urban Bursary in recognition of his work using contemporary urban art forms within youth development and education settings. More recently Adam has been a key player in developing innovative projects that use creative approaches to help young people to reduce violent & abusive behaviour or overcome extreme rural isolation.
An experienced and efficient project manager possessing excellent interpersonal and organisational skills gained over fifteen years professional practise for Same Sky. Sharon has particular expertise in community engagement and empowering young people. She’s a multi disciplinary artform practitioner experienced in large scale puppetry, lit sculptures, shadow play and large scale events delivery.
Hannah is passionate about the transformative impact of the arts. She has worked with a rich mix of organisations over the past 15 years including South East Dance, Creative Partnerships and the Brighton Dome & Festival. Her expertise lies in effective management, overseeing projects from initial idea through to final evaluation. Hannah has written and delivered a range of arts-related training courses and resources for Youth Dance England and Hampshire Dance. Her work with Culture Shift has focusedy on evaluation and research, including the development of impact and viability studies for Arts Partnership Surrey and Artswork; as well as delivering training courses to support creativity for children & young people. Hannah particularly enjoys projects that enable wider participation in the arts, and has worked in India and Sri Lanka, as well as in the UK. Hannah currently project manages Open Sesame for Culture Shift.
Katy is an experienced Creative Producer, manager and facilitator. She has been instrumental in planning and driving through the realisation of a new arts centre; leading multi Local Authority arts programmes; and building a successful creative learning theatre company now in its 14th year of business. She is an effective team leader and manager with experience of leading teams of 60 to small creative teams of three. Katy is Head of Culture for Tandridge Trust, a mentor for the National Theatre and works as a visiting lecturer and teacher at Hurtwood House School and Godalming College. Katy’s strengths include strategic thinking, actively making connections and ensuring validity and legacy for her work. She equally enjoys delivery, be it facilitating a meeting or a theatre rehearsal. Katy has carried out research for Culture Shift and championed and brokered partnership work with associates and partners in Surrey.
Sonia began her professional career in environmental conservation. After roles in local government and conservation charities, and most recently as National Programmes Manager for Learning through Landscapes, Sonia is now a freelance artist and consultant, using her own practice and project development skills in education, often with a broad ‘heritage’ interpretation. Sonia has an excellent track record securing Heritage Lottery Funding, most recently taking a cluster of schools through a creative process to interpret the local landscape and leaving a permanent sculptural legacy (A3D Legacy).