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Who we are

Who we are

The Lights of Leamington team consists of a small steering group, our delivery partner – Curated Place, and a variety of project partners who have pledged to support the concept.

THE STEERING GROUP

We are a strong, passionate and credible team, drawing on a wealth of knowledge and experience from Leamington’s business, creative and community sectors. BID Leamington, which promotes business and enterprise in the town centre, is leading the feasibility study and is supported by a wide variety of project partners

Stephanie Kerr is BID Leamington’s Executive Director. She is a leader in advocating & modelling the social role of BIDs, recently receiving a MPA in Global Diversity Governance. Alongside business support, she has delivered collaborative, community placemaking & skills sharing events, workshops and festivals for 11 years. She is also a board member of Creative Leamington.

Carole Sleight is Warwick District Council’s Arts Officer. She is deeply connected to the creative community supporting the professional development of artists through engagement, skills support & advocacy. From 2014-19 Carole grew the Art in the Park Festival to 250+ participating artists and 45,000 attendees.

David Clargo is an award-winning radio producer and brings extensive creative leadership experience. In his spare time he supports creative initiatives such as being event producer for Art in the Park and director for Leamington Sings. He works at the BBC.

Sidney Syson supports inclusivity & relevance through her broad links to Leamington’s lower socio economic, elderly, youth, ethnic and vulnerable communities. She is a Councillor, Leamington Night Shelter trustee, and member of the Leamington Society and Leamington History group.

CURATED PLACE

Curated Place has been appointed to support the delivery of the feasibility study. They were chosen after a comprehensive process as they were the most impressive and able to deliver our objectives.

They are a creative arts production company who specialise in strategic cultural, economic development and community driven arts experiences at all scales. Their board experience includes cultural strategies, festivals, events and training for bodies such as Aberdeen City Council, British Council Central Asia, Manchester City Council, The City of Reykjavik, MIDAS and Creative Scotland. They also work with BIDs, city branding teams and developers.

 

 

 

Curated Place’s particular expertise is in co-designing and delivering major light festivals, bringing together business acumen and creative integrity. Aberdeen’s Spectra light festival attracts 100,000+ visitors with £1m+ economic impact while Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Púca Festival’ demonstrates their understanding of destination events and audience development.

The team includes Andy Brydon Director, Linary Pienaar Technical Producer, Kate Wyatt Royal Opera House Creative Producer & David Dolan Martin Creative Economy Expert.

You can read more about them at curatedplace.com

Project Partners

As part of our ACE Arts Council funding application we identified a number of local organisations who pledged their support to the idea of the study.

Letter of support were provided by:

Warwick District Council Head of Leisure, Tourism and Culture (incl Green Spaces and Arts).

Warwick District Creative Compact

Royal Leamington Spa Town Council

Matt Western – MP for Warwick and Leamington

In our application we also identified various local artistic, creative and technical organisations who we hope are willing to support the feasibility study with their knowledge and / or technical expertise in some way.

This includes a wide range of talented local people and organisations such as:

…. and more.

In the course of delivering the study we hope to identify more organisations and people who wish to get involved and who support this idea – so please let us know and we will add you to this growing list!

Please take our survey, drop us a line by email or register for our updates if you wish to find out more or get more involved.