Laura joins BAC from Hope Street Limited in Liverpool where she is a currently the Projects Producer. Hope Street Limited is a major Arts organisation and part of the Arts Councils’ National Portfolio which has led on many projects in Liverpool and beyond. Many of these have been in partnership with Liverpool City Council and cultural partners in the North West. She has headed up the ’On the Verge ‘ Festival which is dedicated to developing new work and emerging artists. Among her other projects ‘Suitcase’ saw performances in 10 train stations across the country.
Since graduating with first class honours from Liverpool John Moores University in 2003 Laura has had a wide career in the performing arts. This even included 2 summers acting on Britain’s only touring theatre ship! Since then she has wide experience as a production manager and producer for a variety of theatre companies. Many of her projects have involved working with community groups and young people.
Laura commented on her appointment ‘I am delighted to be taking up post as Director of Bridport Arts Centre. It’s an exciting venue with an ambitious and varied cultural offer for the people of Bridport and beyond. I am looking forward to working with the team to further develop an inclusive artistic programme that connects with local people and ensures that the arts centre continues to offer people the highest quality cultural experiences.’
Laura follows in the steps of Polly Gifford who left her post as Director at the end of September to take up a post leading the cultural regeneration of Hastings.
Barry Bates new Chair of the trustees at BAC commented ‘We are thrilled at this appointment. Polly did a fantastic job as Director and the high reputation of the Arts Centre reflects the high quality of what we offer at the Arts Centre. The trustees were determined to appoint a worthy successor. Out of a strong field Laura shone out as the outstanding candidate. Laura will start her work on November 10th.’