Visual Artist, Participation and Engagement Consultant, Workshop leader, Audience Development.
Debbie has been working in arts participation for over 13 years, working with Creative Partnerships, MuBu, galleries, museums, schools, colleges and individuals. Specialising in Mass Participation she currently holds the post of Participation Curator at QUAD and FORMAT International Photography Festival, and sits on the Arts and Health Steering Group for Derby City Council. Passionate about audience development and participation Debbie recently spoke at Engage Conference on the state of participatory arts sector and at NEPAN in March 13 about digital v’s analogue engagement. In 2012 she was invited to work in Australia to share participatory art methods and approaches in Britain. Author of Shine A Light project, a film project and festival for the over 60’s; a QUAD project funded by Esmée Fairbairn aiming to create contemporary high quality short films to be comparable to non-community made professional dramatic films.
In a freelance capacity she works as a Public Art Consultant and Participation & Engagement Consultant working on city regeneration projects and supporting artists with public engagement to ensure that projects have a wide reach and use best practice.
Debbie is also a practicing artist and curator, exhibiting photography and installation in a range of museums, galleries and festivals including Glastonbury, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Whitechapel London, Vibe Gallery, Vault gallery and many more. Debbie’s work has also been commissioned by a range of private individuals and the NHS, and she has also been artist in residence for Sheffield Children’s Festival and National Trust.
Prior to working in the arts she worked in advertising and marketing.
She is also a Director of Matlock Live.