WHERE WE IMAGINE/ 27-05-2015
The last event will focus on what part culture plays in the regeneration of our city. Championed by Steve Connor, Chief Executive of Creative Concern.
Booking: 4x4's are free to attend and open to all, but please let us know you are interested via eventbrite.
Speakers: Helen Palmer, Dave Moutrey, Stephen Snoddy and Phil Griffin.
Helen Palmer M.A., B.A. (Hons), DipM, ACIM, FInst TT, MTS, FRSA
Helen is a Director of Palmer Squared (arts marketing consultancy) with her twin brother Andrew and Creative Tourist Ltd. Based in Manchester but working across the UK, Helen has been part of the founding management teams for: Manchester International Festival, Cultureshock (Commonwealth Games Northwest Cultural Programme 2002), The Lowry, Asia Triennial Manchester, British Ceramics Biennial and Creative Tourist. From 2007-9 Helen also led Marketing Manchester’s Marketing Coordination Unit as the Director of Strategic Marketing.
She has a BA (Hons) Tourism Studies, Masters with Distinction in Humanities and is studying part-time for a PhD in Film History.
Stephen Snoddy was born in Belfast, N. Ireland in 1959. He trained as an artist at Belfast College of Art where he graduated in 1983 with an M.A. in Fine Art. He graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery & Museum Studies from Manchester University and then moved to Bristol in 1987 to become Exhibitions Organiser at Arnolfini Gallery.
In 1991 he became Exhibitions Director of Cornerhouse, Manchester, where he was responsible for bringing The British Art Show 4 to Manchester, as well as such shows as the John Baldessari Retrospective, a Bruce McLean film commission, Edward Allington, Rose Garrard, and Jochen Gerz exhibitions.
In May 2005 he was appointed as Director of The New Art Gallery, Walsall where he has reviewed policies, restructured the organisation, enabled an acquisitions budget and increased visitor figures annually since 2007.
Dave Moutrey is Director and Chief Executive of HOME, Manchester’s new international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film. He oversaw the successful merger of Cornerhouse with the Library Theatre Company to form HOME, and is currently delivering the move to HOME’s £25 million purpose-built venue, which will open on Sat 25 April with a celebratory HOMEwarming weekend taking place from Thu 21 – Mon 25 May.
Throughout his career, Dave has been involved in the leadership, management and marketing of arts organisations. He played a leading role in establishing the Cinema Arts Network, a national network of cross artform venues; spent eight years as Chief Executive of Arts About Manchester (now The Audience Agency); worked for two years as Marketing Director for City of Drama; and managed Abraham Moss Theatre for six years. Dave is also a qualified drama teacher and was until recently a practising artist and theatre producer, with experience of over 30 community productions with Greater Manchester-based groups.
Dave is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. (Photo credit Graeme Cooper)
Phil Griffin is a writer, broadcaster and curator with a special interest in architecture and urban issues. He worked for Piccadilly Radio and Granada TV and began writing about architecture in the late 1980s. He wrote the weekly column Archisnap for City Life for eight years. In 2002 this formed the basis for the exhibition, Look More Slowly, at Cube. In 2006 he curated Every Cloud, an exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of the Manchester IRA bomb, at Urbis. In 2009, also at Urbis, he curated Ghosts of Winter Hill: Fifty Years of Television Production in Manchester.
Phil has curated exhibitions for popupgallery Manchester for a number of years. These are exhibitions in borrowed spaces, and have included This City Wall, with photographer Len Grant, and Night and Day, with photographer Jan Chlebik, on Platform 12 of Piccadilly Station. Two large-scale drawn panoramas by Neil Dimelow, HOME and TOWN have been shown in The Mall at City Tower in Piccadilly Manchester and St Mary’s in the Market Place Stockport.
Phil writes for a number of architecture publications including AJ, RIBA Journal, A Magazine and Prospect. In September 2014 he and Jan Chlebik launched their book MANCHESTER at Central Library. Phil was born in Ancoats and has lived overlooking Wythenshawe Park for the last 26 years, the last five of which he’s shared with Poppy, a long legged Jack Russell, and a Fiat Panda 4x4. (Image Credit: Peter Seal).