The role of Arts Manager involved delivering a commissioning programme of public art and participatory and youth projects for homeless and vulnerable people in London and the South East.
Look Ahead Hoiusing and Care was a unique Housing Association as they believed in the power of art to build confidence and skills, as well as understanding the importance of high quality architecture and public art.The programme often worked in partnership with outreach organisations such as ENO, ENB, NLO. Staff training was offered to help enable staff to develop their own projects using the Look Ahead Arts Reserve Fund.
Positive Places is a programme of five public art commissions for supported housing, organised with the support and participation of the residents.
Each commission was organised to maximise resident participation, with the aim of evaluating the most successful route to engaging residents and legacy.
The five commissions were:
Laura Ford Bevan House garden
Seamus Staunton Earls Court Loop
Richard Woods Floral Repeat No 19
Common Room Productions
A project made for 64 Campbell Road, London E3 from March-May 2007, by Ella Gibbs in collaboration with residents, staff and invited guests.(DIY customize, DIY Garden, DIY Publish). www.commonroomproductions.org