I co-founded Monkfish because I wanted to create opportunities where artists from a variety of disciplines could collaborate and make new work, and in doing so generate audiences for this approach. As a practising artist myself, I was frustrated in 2007 by the lack of opportunities in the North East of England to do that. So with the support of many great people, I set the ball rolling. I have over 20 years of professional experience in arts and cultural management.
I am a visual arts and creativity adviser and consultant, an artist, creative coach and active advocate for visual arts in education. A past president of NSEAD and a world councillor for INSEA, I am also secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft and Design in Education.