Lorna is the ArtReach Creative Director with over 25 years of experience in curating, developing, leading and delivering high profile cultural programmes and festivals. Her previous work includes delivering the Cultural Olympiad in the North East with artists as diverse as Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon (The End of Civilisation) and New York based digital collective yesyesno (Connecting Light). She further worked as Creative Producer of Enchanted Parks in Gateshead (an after dark light trail in Saltwell Park) and as Event Producer for Freedom on the Tyne (a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King receiving his honorary degree from Newcastle University – the only University to do so during his lifetime).
More recently, Lorna was Co-Artistic Director of Brass Festival in Durham and Head of Middlesbrough Town Hall, where she brought shows such as Paul Weller, The Specials, Paul Smith (Maximo Park), Sleaford Mods, Don McLean and PP Arnold to the venue. Lorna was also Festival Director for SO Festival in Skegness and East Lindsey – a festival of outdoor arts. During her tenure, audiences increased year on year and a broad range of new commissions were delivered – including Carousel (Southpaw Dance) with Stockton Festival and Without Walls as well as site-specific large scale shows such as And Now’s Shoal, attracting audiences of 10,000.
Lorna is also Artistic Director of Lathe Revival, which is building a living archive of contemporary roots music on restored vintage equipment, including a 1938 record lathe and wax cylinder recorders.