Creative Development Manager (June 2023)
Alison came to us in 2022 as Emerging Artist Coordinator and covering the Arts and Wellbeing projects for 12 months, offering support to those with high talent and potential but who are less likely to develop through existing/formal pathways due to challenging circumstances, low prospects/attainment, age and other barriers. From June 2023, Alison now manages two Project Coordinators and oversees the creative aspect of our delivery.
Born and bred in the area, Alison was a primary teacher until a Master’s in Creative Writing - and redundancy - gave her the chance to try a new career as a freelance writer. Since then, she’s written articles, poetry and children’s books, run heritage projects, taught creative writing, made digital films and helped others make them, and run creative workshops in the community, all the while following her creative interests and building a broad spread of artistic skills.
‘It took time to get to the point I’m at now and I made some wrong turns on the way,’ she says. ‘But just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to make an artist, and there’s a long list of people who’ve given me a hands-up and passed on their wisdom to me over the years.’
Still a teacher at heart, Alison is looking forward to drawing on her many experiences and connections to support others navigating the journey to a meaningful and fulfilled life in the Arts.
Email Alison directly using: firstname.lastname@example.org