Hi, I’m Tara, a Creative Producer (which means I think creatively AND create beautiful Excel Spreadsheets!) based in the East Midlands. My work spans all art forms, but I am primarily focused on the children and young people, and community arts sectors.
I specialise in developing and delivering programmes with an equality and diversity focus. My approach uses strategic thinking, reflective processes, and carefully considered collaborations to achieve far-reaching results.
The majority of my time is spent working with The Spark Arts for Children in Leicester on a 4-year programme called Vital Spark. The aim of this programme is to increase the diversity of artists working within the children’s sector in England. Through this programme I work with a wide range of talented artists and other National Portfolio Organisations to try and achieve real, long-lasting change.
Prior to this, I worked with the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN) on a series of artist and audience development initiatives that developed the organisations touring and education arms.
I also worked for a short time with Voluntary Arts England to develop their community contacts in and around the East Midlands, as well as volunteering with organisations such as Serendipity in Leicester and Baby People in Derby.
Prior to my work in the arts sector, I worked in PR & Marketing for large institutions as well as small independents. I have no doubt that my work as a Creative Producer is influenced in part by this time working in external and internal communications.
Over the years I have been lucky to receive mentoring and support from leaders in the arts and cultural sector such as; Jenny Williams (Project Director at Revoluton Arts and Founder of Take the Space), Tony Reekie (Executive Director of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and International Programmer for children’s work), Pawlet Brookes (Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Serendipity), and Hannah Fox (Project Director of Derby Silk Mill) to name just a few. It’s thanks to people like this that I am able to continue pursuing my passions within the sector.
Some of the projects I have worked on and artists I’ve supported include;
- Vital Spark (The Spark Arts for Children)
- Taking Flight & Flight of Fantasy (EMCCAN)
- Inspire Urself Carnival Troupe project grant
- DANCIVAL project grant (De-Napoli Clarke)
- British Dance of the African Diaspora (BDAD) research project
You can read some of the things I’ve written here;