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I specialise in rapid development of programme for clients, with a specific focus on inter-disciplinary project work and digital media. I am a practising artist with a live folio of commissions and projects. In particular I have worked with other arts organisations and clients to devise new programmes, enhance organisational development and on capital projects. I offer an in depth knowledge of the application of new technologies and commissioning, alongside practical experience of implementation. I have facilitated creative technology labs working with over 400 artists nationally and internationally through my work with PVA MediaLab, Metal and others. I have recent experience of working on architectural design teams and studio design. I am an experienced facilitator and work directly with active project development, as opposed to report writing (although I do this as well). I am able to offer a service to arts organisations that connects organisational development through to practical management and delivery of programme. Please contact me for testimonials if required. simon[AT]viral[DOT]info
Recent consultancy and curatorial work:
Associate Curator, METAL (Southend/Liverpool) - developing programme ideas, artist labs and projects. (ONGOING)
Digital Innovation, FACT (Liverpool) - working with FACT developing research and programme on digital innovation, establishing delivery of services and artist professional development programme. Supporting executive in business plan towards National Portfolio Organisation status with Arts Council England. (2011-12)
Advisor, AND Festival (Liverpool) - programme and brand development. (2011)
Consultant Advisor, DIGITAL EXPLORATION CENTRE (Southend) - programme development, branding, curatorial work. (2010-11)
Curator, MAC (Birmingham) - working with MAC on the opening programme and exhibition for the refurbished building due to open in May. (2010)
Lead Artist, Multistory - developing four day lab sessions in Handsworth and Lozells, mentoring artist projects, developing publication and documentation.
Organisational Review, Blind Ditch - developed two day planning sessions, business planning, artistic programme advice .
Lead Artist, Knowle West Media Centre - organisational development, IT and AV specification, design team on building, web development, fundraising, artistic programme, staff development and workshops, business planning.
Artist Advisor, Create Studios - organisational development, IT specification, programme development, business planning.
Project Mentor, Vivid Interdisciplinary Support Programme - artist advice, facilitation
Stroud Valley Arts Space - IT and AV specification.
Consultant Advisor, Gloucestershire Digital Arts Forum - county wide technology review, report writing, business planning.
Technical Advisor, Watershed Media Centre - organisational development.
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