Twenty years of experience in the Arts sector both in the UK and abroad and has an extensive client list, including the Arts Council, British Council, the National Trust, English Heritage and the Australian Arts Council. She offers marketing planning, facilitation, evaluation, qualitative market research, event design & management and ambassador programmes (harnessing the power of word of mouth). In 2000 she set up the Streatham Festival and in 2003 she published a practical guide to working with Arts Ambassadors.
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Gregory Parsons has a background in woven textile design and began his career as Artist in Residence at Ruthin Craft Centre in the early 1990’s. From there he went to the Royal College of Art where he completed a Masters in Constructed Textiles. Subsequently he worked for the Crafts Council’s Trading division before taking a position as a fashion fabric designer in Switzerland after which he worked in the interior fabrics industry, gaining experience of working in India, and the fashion industry as Senior Product Developer/Design for Burberry Ltd. He has lectured at Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins and University of Brighton. Most recently he has been working as a freelance curator and exhibitions and retail consultant, working closely with Ruthin Craft Centre – The Centre for the Applied Arts.
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Michael is the Executive Director of Sheridan & Co, a brand identity development company of some twenty-five years standing. Michael and his team have worked on some of the most prestigious and iconic commercial brands, including Gucci, Lacoste, Urban Decay, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss. He has a personal interest in contemporary craft and has been keen to apply his brand development knowledge to these smaller profile companies.
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