Made in Corby has announced the appointment of two new staff – Graham Callister as programme director and Marian Anderson as marketing and audience development officer.
Mr Callister is leaving his current role as Northamptonshire County Council cultural policy and planning manager to take up the Made in Corby programme director role, bringing more than 15 years’ experience in the arts and wider cultural sector.
He has been creative producer and manager for several major cultural projects in Northamptonshire including Changing Tracks, an outdoor visual and digital arts programme which secured the first EU Culture Programme funding into the county; and was co-producer of the spectacular Gunpowder Plot at Boughton House.
As programme director, Mr Callister will lead Made in Corby on behalf of the consortium.
He will be developing partnerships between Corby’s communities, businesses, artists, arts and voluntary organisations to deliver an ambitious programme of work in which the community takes the lead in commissioning and working with local and nationally recognised artists.
The programme director is central to helping the Made in Corby consortium to achieve its aim of ensuring more people than ever before see, experience and take part in arts activities and in realising the creative aspirations of local people.
Mr Callister’s focus will be on increasing engagement and participation in great art and in working collaboratively to develop and deliver a 10-year vision for Corby’s cultural offer.
Marian Anderson is appointed as marketing and audience development officer.
A University of Westminster graduate and past pupil at Tresham College, Marian joins from Connexions Northamptonshire where she was choices adviser.
A keen visual artist and founder member of the Rooftop Gallery & Workshops, she lives in Corby. In her new role, she will support Mr Callister to develop audiences for arts activity across Corby’s communities and to deliver sustainable involvement in arts activities across the Borough.
Simon Mutsaars, executive director of Groundwork Northamptonshire, which leads the Made in Corby consortium, said: “We’re delighted to confirm these two appointments and welcome Graham and Marian to Made in Corby.
“They both bring a combination of impressive experience and creative skill in developing audiences for arts and cultural projects.
“Having a dedicated team in place early in the year is a very positive step forward for our programme, and for Corby, and enables the consortium to take the programme forward quickly in 2015.”
Made in Corby has recently announced its major 2015 and 2016 Big Night Out events, a brilliant new production being developed by Frantic Assembly at The Core in July this year and a commission with Perfect Pitch to create a new musical for autumn 2016.
Made in Corby is funded by Arts Council England, as part of its national Creative People and Places programme.