DJ, Music & Photography Curator, Gallerist with over 100 successful exhibitions across Europe. Director of the UK’s biggest annual photography festival HIPfest AKA Hull International Photography Festival. Also Curator of HIP Gallery & PhotoCity London. Currently also in 17th year as a multi-award-winning BBC DJ, Presenter, Producer & Live Sound Engineer. On Saturday nights 8 – 10 UK time on BBC Radio Leeds, Humberside & #BBCsounds. I work at many events as a photographer, speaker/ panellist & chair. I’m also proud to be Graduands Marshall at The University of Hull.
I DJ at #360RAW in The Lending Room Leeds, supported by Denon and I’m a Session Drummer/Percussionist & Tutor supported by RhythmTech, RegalTip & Dream Cymbals.
In my day job, I’m CEO of The Creative & Cultural Company; this includes developing & facilitating arts groups, exhibitions & events, training, studio/exhibition space & creating partnerships internationally. As a Coach & Mentor, I work with young & old Individuals, communities & businesses. Developing self-directed groups, addressing needs by providing coaching. I coach creatives entrepreneurs, CEO’s, speakers, performers, arts groups and people who just want to get control of their creative lives. I am lucky to have been trained by amazing people like the late great David Grove. I use Counselling Skills, Clean Coaching, Emergent Knowledge and my experience of the arts, to communicate and create new happenings.
Specialities: Curating, choosing good music, creating solutions, creative & cultural industries, photography, music, arts for social education. Experienced Social Enterprise CEO developing sustainable businesses.
Previously: Produced & location managed for MTV, BBCi, BBC2 and taught Camera Skills for BBC LearnXpress. JNC Youth & Community Arts Facilitator. In social & formal education, youth service and charities. Outreach Coordination at an Arts Council NPO, Managing Creative People & Places projects including Music Industry Yorkshire. Award-winning short film & BBC documentary producer.
Awards: My teams radio work has been recognised with awards including the BBC Frank Gillard Award for my show, a Gillard Award for BBC Radio Humberside Station of The Year, a Sony Radio Academy Award for BBC Introducing, a Gold Radio Academy Award for BBC Radio BBC Humberside Station of The Year, BBC Leeds Station of The Year and a Royal Television Society Award for our website video content. I also have 4 Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards for Outstanding Media and Outstanding Contribution To Music. Plus a local government Community Pioneer Award, a Fuji photography prize & a short film prize.
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