Vcreate is an enterprise that designs, produces and delivers exceptional arts projects and experiences locally, nationally and UK wide. We work with schools, arts professionals and cultural partners to bring high quality dance and arts experiences to communities.
Our mission is to:
- create work with and for local communities
- work with partners to develop new and responsive arts opportunities for a wide range of audiences and people to participate
- support local artists to develop strong, sustainable and diverse business models
Vcreate prides itself on knowing what communities and schools want to experience and how professionals, artists, companies and cultural organisations can deliver a dynamic experience to those taking part.
Vanessa Oxspring, Director
Vanessa has 20 years’ experience of working in the community and participatory dance and cultural sector, particularly in learning and skills development; and producing dance and cultural programmes that engage with diverse communities and new audiences. Since April 2015 Vanessa has been working as Associate Director for People Dancing.
Vanessa studied at Coventry University gaining a BA (Hons) in Arts Practice and Cultural Policy. From early in her career she has worked across platforms from creative practitioner and performer to educationalist. As her career evolved Vanessa has developed strong partnership skills and an ability to work across all sectors from health, sport, media to youth services. In 2007 her partnership work was recognised by the Department for Health and received the Best Partnership Award. In 2008 she became national runner-up for Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the most innovative training course and participation programme for dance and sport, working with Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire Sport.
For 10 years Vanessa worked as Head of Dance Development at Dance4, having worked previously as Youth Dance Strategy Manager, Dance Development Officer for Northamptonshire County Council, and as a freelance dance artist and teacher. From 2015 until 2018 Vanessa worked as an Associate Director at People Dancing driving forward their future programmes, supporting partnerships and investment.
Since January 2015 Vanessa has been working as a freelance producer, consultant, teacher and manager for a range of cultural organisations including: People Dancing, Made in Corby, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Gareth Woodward, Inspire Youth Arts, Gary Clarke Company, Turned on its Head and leading a range of dance activities. In September 2016 Vanessa was appointed Project Manager for Emerge, a three year festival across the Midlands led by Arts Council England bridge organisations, The Mighty Creative and Arts Connect.
Michelle Sewell, Project Manager and Arts Facilitator
Prior to working for the after-school club I worked for many years as a Project Manager for a large financial services company. I took voluntary redundancy when my daughter was 2 years old, and then started our property development business when she started school. Through my daughters’ school I met Vanessa, the owner of the after-school dance club. Vanessa provided me the amazing opportunity to support her club which has allowed me to do what I am now.
Michelle started working alongside Vanessa in 2016 offering the Arts Award Discover and Explore programmes as part of Lady Bay’s after-school dance club. The club has since grown to over 70 members and includes year groups 1 through to 6. Since starting Michelle has acted as an Arts Award adviser for over 90 children all working towards their Discover or Explore Arts Award.
Michelle and Vanessa started to provide holiday club provision in 2018 within the Lady Bay area providing full days of arts, dance and drama activities for children between 5 and 12.
Recently Michelle has been working at Lady Bay school working with all Year 3 children to achieve their Arts Award Discover.
In her own words, Michelle wrote “Working with children is a great pleasure, they have heaps of enthusiasm and are so inquisitive. I am allowed a lot of creativity within my classes and the holiday clubs; I love working on large projects pulling together lots of the children’s work.”
Vikki Jones, Project Manager
Vikki Jones is a freelance engagement specialist. Over the past decade she has worked with theatre venues, exam boards, national arts festivals and community programmes, all with the focus of getting more people involved in practical arts and cultural activity. Vikki is passionate about enabling people to access and actively participate in creative activity. She specialises in delivering youth and community outreach programmes.
Vikki gained a BA(Hons) Dance and Professional Practice from Coventry University and has since spent 10 years in the arts education sector, working with schools and local authorities to improve arts and PE provision and managing youth and community projects across artforms. She spent three years working for Trinity College London on the Arts Award programme. Here she helped develop the Arts Award youth network, delivering youth consultations and residential activity and providing pastoral and training support. She most recently lead the Participation team at multi-arts venue Farnham Maltings, managing everything from animation clubs and youth theatres to community teas and outdoor dance programmes. Vikki is a trustee for Upstart Projects, a national charity supporting young journalists and media creators, and Surrey based dance development company, The Dance Movement.
Vikki strongly believes that creative and cultural opportunities make communities happier, healthier and safer and is passionately committed to getting as many people as possible to explore their creative selves.
Kirsten Tranter, Project Manager
Kirsten is an Independent Producer and Project Manager working with a number of artists and creative organisations including Vcreate, Autin Dance Theatre, Mercurial Dance and The Mighty Creatives (Emerge Programme). Kirsten trained in Contemporary Dance at De Montfort University leaving with a first class degree. Her early experiences saw her teaching in community and educational settings, alongside performing and making her own work.
Kirsten joined Nottingham based, Dance4, as Project Assistant and Graduate Ambassador before progressing to Assistant Producer. Her role focused on dance development in Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, Young People’s programmes and supporting Dance4’s Associate Artists. Kirsten then spent 7 months mixing her passion for culture and dance, teaching dance in Shanghai, China. There she worked with young people and adults from all over the world, teaching contemporary dance, break dance, hip hop and Zumba.
Since returning to the UK, Kirsten has worked at mac Birmingham on the Next Generation programme supporting young people into creative careers. She has also worked at DanceXchange in Birmingham as a Project Manager and later as, Programme Manager for Pre-vocational and Recreational Dance, managing the Centre for Advanced Dance Training in both Contemporary and South Asian Dance, as well as the class programme, and other young people’s and community programmes. Kirsten loves to work with lots of different people, share her passion for dance, and support people’s potential.