It’s great to be back at ArtReach, particularly as a permanent member of the team.

You can find out more about me here but I initially discovered the excellent work of ArtReach through Night of Festivals South Asia in 2017 before I joined the team as a Marketing and Communications Assistant in July 2018 on a freelance basis.

This was mostly to help with the marketing and delivery of the 2018 edition of Journeys Festival International across the three cities of Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. 

It’s really easy to get stuck in with ArtReach events as there’s so much going on. From catching snippets of the fantastic films screened at Leicester Cathedral to chatting with audiences at the Weekender events, I had such a brilliant time that they couldn’t keep me away.

Although, it’s even more exciting to be part of the friendly team now as there’s been plenty of changes in my absence.

The organisation has settled firmly into its status as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and with this, they – or rather, we – have become even more ambitious in growing our local, national and international work. 

From recently working in smaller, more grass-roots organisations like Heaux Noire or Gaysians, this offers a new challenge and the chance for professional growth.

This is also really helpful when working on marketing as it gives the Marketing Manager, Gary, and I plenty to share online including the fact that ArtReach now manages a certain gem in the heart of Leicester – All Saints Church.

A Grade I Listed Building, it’s awe-inspiring to see something old enough to be referred to in the Domesday Book filled with laughter and song as part of our Sofar Sounds event.

There are plenty more events planned for this space but I have to admit to most looking forward to Night of Festivals Hounslow from 15 to 16 June. While 2019 has lots of lively and vibrant events in store, I only just missed out on the colour and buzz of ArtReach’s other key festival strand in the UK capital last year.

Still, I’m more than planning to make up for it this year.

As well as learning more about areas that I hadn’t even anticipated. As a newbie to the arts world, I’ve benefitted from the expertise of Arts and Heritage Consultant, Lynn.

I’ve been lucky to live and work in a city with so many innovative arts and cultural activities as well as in the wider Midlands, but it’s inspiring to understand how ArtReach’s consultancy work is aiding other cities in building communities.

In short, it’s been a brilliant time to properly join the ArtReach team!