We have worked in the arts and culture, together and independently, for five decade s. We share a concern for community and the ‘local’ and for the work of the contemporary artist, and we profoundly believe in the importance of local government. Christopher Gordon brings 25 years of work in the cultural policies and structures of Europe, East and West, North and South. David Powell adds a lifetime’s commitment to London and the experience of Docklands and coastal renewal. Peter Stark brings the experience of the regeneration of Tyneside and the fresh perspective of his recent return from 12 years’ work with the arts and culture in the inner city of Johannesburg and in the rural areas of South Africa. Steve Trow adds his long experience in cultural policy, research and brings particular expertise of patterns of Lottery distribution and in local government as an elected councillor.
Peter Stark’s work in researching, developing and delivering cultural policy and projects in the UK has ranged from his founding directorships of South Hill Park Arts Centre and Voluntary Arts to the culture-led transformation of his native Tyneside. In South Africa, since 2000, he has worked in inner-city Johannesburg and the former homelands of the Eastern Cape. Throughout his career he has been a teacher of cultural management and leadership. He was awarded the OBE in 1990 for his work as Director of Northern Arts and he was appointed Professor in Cultural Policy and Management at Northumbria University in 2000. His latest work was to lead a successful bid to HLF for £4.7m to secure the future of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, of which Royal Chartered Institute he is now an Honorary Fellow.
Christopher Gordon is an independent consultant and university lecturer in cultural policy in the UK and in continental Europe. Formerly Chief Executive of the English Regional Arts Boards, a local authority Arts Officer (LB Camden and Hampshire CC) and music festival programmer, he led and wrote the National Cultural Policy evaluations of Italy, Latvia, Cyprus and Turkey for the Council of Europe, and two UNESCO cultural policy publications. Sometime Adviser to the Culture Committee of the European Parliament, Treasurer of the European Forum on the Arts & Heritage and Chair of the European Diploma in Cultural Management, he is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Cultural Policy.
David Powell‘s independent research and development practice, DPA, has promoted the role of cultural practice and creative businesses in regeneration and community building, helping strong local cultures and economies to flourish since 1990. He is a Director of ACAVA, the artists’ studio development company, and is one of the initiators of the Camley Street Sustainability Zone in Camden, London. He was a Director of Inter-Action, the influential arts and community development charity, until 1985. He has been Visiting Professor at University of East London, Chair of Camden Arts Centre and Chair of Film and Video Umbrella.
Steve Trow adds his long experience in cultural research and policy development and brings particular expertise in analysis of Lottery distribution and in local government as a serving elected councillor and cabinet member for culture. His experience as a practitioner, as a local government and regional arts officer, and as a consultant, ranges from his early involvement as a founder of the community arts movement to the establishment of the WM Cultural Consortium as its first Executive Director.