Vanessa Oxspring – founder of VCreate
Vanessa Oxspring: VCreate Founder
The participatory arts and the cultural sector has been part of Vanessa’s professional life for over 20 years. She’s worked for well-known dance companies and organisations including People Dancing, Gary Clarke Company, and Rosie Kay Dance Company, together with Dance4, Made in Corby CPP), and Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries. As well as leading her own projects through her business Vcreate.
Vanessa is currently the Partnership manager for Captivate- Nottinghamshire Cultural Education Partnership as well as working for First Art (Creative People and Places Project) as a freelance project manager.
Often found twirling, swirling and shakin’ it, Vanessa is a professional dancer; she decided on a career in the arts at the age of 15 when she was chosen to be part of a tour round Russia with Leicestershire Youth Dance. She said this “opened her eyes to how the arts could take you to different places, experience culture and how dance could reach diverse communities”.
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.
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.
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, The Mighty Creatives, Turned on its Head and leading a range of dance activities.
Michelle Sewell: VCreate Partner
Michelle has been working with Vanessa since 2017 supporting the after-school clubs at Ladybay Primary. We both met through the school, as our girls have been in the same class since Foundation (2013).
Since then, we have worked together to support the delivery of Arts Award at the school and running holiday clubs through the school holidays. And we have lots more planned……