We deliver exceptional arts projects locally and nationallyWe deliver dance & arts workshopsReaching local communities is part of our mission

We deliver exceptional arts projects locally and nationally

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We deliver dance & arts workshops

Image courtesy of The Mighty Creatives-Emerge Festival

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Reaching local communities is part of our mission

Image courtesy of First Art © Lamar Francois 2019

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Management

MANAGEMENT

Project Management, Consultancy and Cultural Leadership

FIRST ART

First Art is an artistic programme that inspires communities in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and NE Derbyshire to experience and get involved in the arts by bringing exceptional cultural experiences within reach of everyone. Vanessa’s role is to manage and provide support for the First Art programme, supporting the Director in the day to day running of First Art programme including festivals, events and activities working with a range of communities and stakeholders.

email: vanessa@firstart.org.uk

CAPTIVATE -CULTURAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP 

Captivate is the Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) for Nottinghamshire, with an initial focus on the areas of Ashfield and Mansfield. My role is to work with colleagues from the partnership board to develop a cultural education offer, lead on writing applications to funders and facilitate the Captivate key objectives.

email: vanessa.oxspring@inspireculture.org.uk

www.captivateed.org.uk

MADE IN CORBY January 2018- December 2019

Made in Corby is the Creative People & Places (CPP) programme for the borough of Corby, Northamptonshire. CPP is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating, and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. VCreate’s role is to work with the Programme Director and the team to achieve income targets to support the Made in Corby programme. This includes identifying sources of funding, preparing funding bids, creating just giving campaigns, creating sponsorship packages, developing their offer to the private sector, and working with community groups.

“In the time that Vcreate has been working with us, we’ve met our funding targets and have developed significant new relationships to take our work forward”. Helen Willmott- Made in Corby

www.madeincorby.org.uk

THE MIGHTY CREATIVES -PROJECT MANAGEMENT- EMERGE PROGRAMME Sept 2016-May 2019

Emerge is an arts festival model which has over £1m worth of investment from Spirit 2012. The Emerge Programme involves over 1000 young participants in the production of up to 24 verbal arts festivals on April 23rd in 2017, 2018, 2019 to mark the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and is delivered in 12 Midland locations by 24 young artists with a community based collaborative commission. VCreate’s role was to lead a project management team and support each location with the skills to deliver their festival.

People Dancing-May 2015- February 2018

FREELANCE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AND CONSULTANT FOR 11 MILLION REASONS TO DANCE 

People Dancing: the foundation for community dance – the UK development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance. My role as Associate Director was to work with the Executive Director and a team of Producers and Managers on the leadership of the next phase of the organisation’s programme development and delivery and forward planning. The emphasis of this role was to be outward facing, ensuring that quality dance practice continues to sit at the heart of People Dancing’s work. My role as Consultant for 11 Million Reasons to Dance- ACE Strategic Touring programme has been to fundraise and establish a two-year integrated offer of performance, participation, development and training opportunities to six locations across the Midlands and North of England, all aimed at engaging Deaf and disabled people in areas of low engagement within the arts. 

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PEOPLE DANCING-ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR May 2015- February 2018

People Dancing: the foundation for community dance – the UK development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance. My role as Associate Director was to work with the Executive Director and a team of Producers and Managers on the leadership of the next phase of the organisation’s programme development and delivery and forward planning. The emphasis of this role was to be outward facing, ensuring that quality dance practice continues to sit at the heart of People Dancing’s work. My role as Consultant for 11 Million Reasons to Dance- ACE Strategic Touring programme has been to fundraise and establish a two-year integrated offer of performance, participation, development and training opportunities to six locations across the Midlands and North of England, all aimed at engaging Deaf and disabled people in areas of low engagement within the arts. 

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