We are delighted to announce that Stephanie Fuller has been appointed as Creative Enabler for Creative People and Places: Swale & Medway. Stephanie, who is currently senior manager, regional planning at Arts Council England South East, will start her new role on 20th May. Stephanie, who lives in Lewes said: “I’m looking forward hugely to starting my new role as there’s so much potential for exciting new activity in Swale and Medway. There’s lots to do and I can’t wait to get started.”
Stephanie’s background is in visual arts and as well as 10 years in various roles at the Arts Council she has worked for the Crafts Council and British Healthcare Arts and worked as a Freelance Consultant and Creative Producer.
We are currently finalising the business plan for sign off by Arts Council, but one of Stephanie’s first tasks will be to oversee the launch of the “small experiments” strand of the programme, where members of the public will be encouraged to come forward with ideas for experimental projects they would like the group to support.
The small experiment strand is scheduled to launch at the beginning of June and will be an opportunity for members of the public to ask for financial and practical help in setting up small-scale experimental projects. Individuals, organisations, voluntary groups and anyone else who wants to test out new ways of working, whether they come from an arts background or not, are eligible to apply. The projects must explore new ways of involving local residents, including those who would not normally consider taking part in an arts event.
Community Catalysts continue to be nominated via the group’s website and Stephanie will also be involved in selecting successful candidates. The group will work with the Community Catalysts and help them encourage a greater number of people in their local area, both from arts and non-arts communities, to get involved with community activities.