Who we are
Founder Directors Anna and Jessica have over 35 years of project and event management between them, including a diverse range of high profile and nationally significant initiatives.
We are determinedly partnership spirited, always looking for ways to share ideas, resources and opportunities. Our work is built on collaboration, often encouraging and enabling others to do the same, and together finding shared values and new directions to deliver innovative and exciting work. .
We are also leaders; organisers; facilitators; producers; innovators; communicators; campaigners; marketers; mentors; problem solvers; doers; and social entrepreneurs.
We are Arts Award advisers, trainers and moderators, covering Discover through to Gold.
Our team is an extended team of experienced and responsive freelance associates, artists and professionals. We also have a number of young people who work with us in the office and on various projects and events.
Together, we offer a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise gained through designing and delivering an extensive and varied portfolio of work since 2002.
We hold Public Liability Insurance, have Disclosure and Barring Service checks, are trained by the NSPCC in Safeguarding and by the British Red Cross in First Aid.
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Anna is one of the founders and Directors of Creative Junction.
Anna believes in the power of art to enable us to understand what it is to be human – to empathise, be curious and appreciate each other and the world around us. She is also a realist and pragmatist with extensive arts, culture and heritage project and event management experience.
Anna is a creative producer, working for over twenty years to design and deliver a diverse range of arts-led projects, programmes, events and festivals. She has worked in partnership with many people and teams to lead and support regional, national and international cultural and creative activity.
Anna is a writer and theatre maker, connecting words, places and people to create art, ideas and change. annanotherthing.live
Anna has strategic and operational experience in theatre, including seven years as part of the Production team at the National Theatre in London. Other previous theatre experience includes Chair of Rifco Arts, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation based at Watford Palace Theatre and a Theatre Assessor for Arts Council England, London. Anna has directed and produced theatre that has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury Festival.
Anna is a trainer and an adviser at all levels for Arts Award, a national qualification for young people to develop their creativity and leadership. www.artsaward.org.uk.
Anna is a trustee of Slough Museum and a member of the Britwell Youth Theatre Management Committee.
Anna lives in Slough with her partner, their daughters and the neighbours’ cat.
Jessica is one of the founders and Directors of Creative Junction. She is proud of the opportunity to establish, shape and develop the organisation and lead lovely, committed and passionate people. Her particular interest is in active participation and she is passionate about young people finding their confidence and growing their self esteem to become happy and healthy individuals. She is a strong believer that the skills and attributes you develop through the positive things you undertake in life are equally important to your future and wellbeing as good grades. Through Creative Junction she takes pleasure in finding ways to use the arts and creativity to help others realise this for themselves. Jessica has extensive event and project management experience with and for a variety of clients across a number of sectors, including in the leisure and corporate sectors. She has worked independently and in collaboration with others on a broad range of initiatives, from imagination to delivery, of varying scale and each with their own aim and purpose. She is particularly proud of her involvement in work which engaged thousands of young people in the UK and reached international partners as far flung as Australia, India and the Americas, in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, She is driven through working with people, building fruitful relationships, and finding ways to support everybody’s ambitions. She is an Action Learning Set Facilitator, a Mentor and has over 12 years experience in leading teams. She considers herself a trouble shooter and lateral thinker and loves a bit of problem solving, preferably with a cup of tea! She has over 10 years in operational and financial management, working with modest budgets to budgets in excess of £1million, and making sure that what happens ‘behind the scenes’ and in the office is as successful as what happens ‘front of stage’! Jessica has always dabbled in dance, music and amateur dramatics. She is a practiced dancer, completing an intensive year with a community dance centre in Wales and teaching young people, particularly those with special educational needs. She enjoys visiting other countries and cultures and is partial to a bit of adrenaline inducing activity. She is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do, and loves reading, baking, singing and walking. She lives in Bracknell with her husband and since having their daughter spends her free time engrossed in picture books, singing nursery rhymes or up to her elbows in paint, glue or flour! Jessica is currently on maternity leave.
Miranda has worked for Creative Junction for the past 7 years as a Creative Agent, Creative Partner and now as an Associate. In 2012, before going on maternity leave, Miranda managed part of the region wide Get Digital programme for Creative Junction working with Modern Art Oxford and is currently working with West Oxfordshire Schools on the Network Schools programme focussing on developing high quality CPD opportunities for teachers. Miranda runs her own consultancy in Arts Education offering services to schools, museums, galleries, universities, colleges and arts organisations offering a variety of services such as programme design, evaluation, interpretation, consultation, project management, education strategy, digital strategies, mentoring and consultation. In addition to being a Creative Junction associate other clients include: Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, engage, Modern Art Oxford, The Laboratory – Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University, The Institute of Education, The Oxford University Museums, Slough Museum, Langley Academy, Abingdon and Witney College and Dorchester Abbey. In 2013 Miranda co-programmed the engage International Conference – Extraordinary Change in Birmingham. Miranda has recently started working with OYAP (Oxford Youth Arts Partnership) as an associate. Miranda’s passions are contemporary art and museum learning and making them accessible to all with a particular focus on interpretation strategies and working with young people in formal and informal education settings. Through working with Modern Art Oxford and The Laboratory (Oxford University) Miranda has been able to work with artists such as Sonia Boyce, Mark Wallinger, Tania Kovats, Richard Woods and Stella Vine amongst others. Miranda is currently working for The Oxford University Museums managing Arts Award strategy and delivery across the four Major Partner Museums – The Pitt Rivers, The Ashmolean, The Museum of Natural History and The Museum of the History of Science. Miranda has contributed to a number of publications for engage, NSEAD and Tate and has written online interpretation for Modern Art Oxford’s 50:50 website celebrating 50 years of exhibition making at the gallery. Miranda has recently written a number of case studies for the Artswork website looking at how Arts Award can be embedded into museum education strategies. Miranda is based in Oxford currently divides her time between work part time and looking after her young sons. Miranda has a BFA (Hons) in Fine Art (Oxford University), a PGCE (Oxford University) and an MA in Museums and Galleries (Institute of Education, London University). Miranda is trained in Philosophy for Children Level 1 and is an Arts Award Adviser trained in all levels from Discover through to Gold.
Rosy is delighted to be working with Creative Junction as an Associate. She is currently leading on the Social Enterprise Qualification. Rosy Prue is a freelance coach, facilitator, trainer and consultant. She is passionate about the role that creativity and the arts have to play in unlocking potential and facilitating wellbeing. Rosy has a broad range of experience across the arts education and creative learning sectors. Previously Creative Partnerships Programme Manager at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts she has supported innovative learning partnerships between creative practitioners and schools and designed and delivered successful professional development opportunities. She has been a secondary school art teacher, has worked as Youth Arts Development Officer for a community safety organisation and has developed and delivered training courses for Artswork, the national youth arts development agency. She is an accredited Action Learning Set Facilitator and Relational Dynamics Coach. Rosy is interested in supporting people (individuals, organisations and communities) to ‘make sense of things’ – to ask questions, to make connections, to identify themes, possibilities and direction in clear, inspiring and tangible ways. As a trained artist/designer she is particularly interested in how visual and applied arts can be used to support and amplify these processes.
Alison has a passion for the arts as a vehicle for positive social change. After graduating in Fine Art and Aesthetics (Cardiff University, 1994) she worked as an artist in the community, primarily with young people at risk, before moving into the voluntary sector with organizations including NACRO and Women’s Aid. As Director of ITHACA (2000-07), Alison developed a reputation for innovative work in the fields of arts and older people, intergenerational practice, disability arts and arts and mental health. In 2007 Alison set up ALM Associates, a socially engaged consultancy offering services for public, voluntary, arts and cultural sector clients. She was one of 24 women nationally, selected for the UK’s first MA in Cultural Leadership at City University, London (2008). She is a Trustee for the LankellyChase Foundation, a national grant making charity, and on the Artistic Advisory Board of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. ALM Associates offers services including visioning, facilitation (Board and team strategic planning), action learning, mentoring, evaluation (programme and organisational) and project design, fundraising and development. Developing cross sector partnerships to promote engagement and participation is central to Alison’s approach. Alison finds herself working in a diverse range of settings – ranging from Diamond Light Source, the UK’s cutting edge science facility, to museums and galleries, theatres, residential care homes, schools, housing associations and other community settings.
Educe add an unusual and valuable combination of skills and experience to the Creative Junction portfolio. The business/corporate sector is one of our key areas of focus. We have a high level of professional experience in business, fine art and academia where we have inspired and initiated projects that engage young people and business to think widely and creatively about their potential for development and change. We not only look at ways in which we can enquire but also how we can embed the enquiry into the hearts and minds of organisations we work with. Educe is Linda and Paul. Linda Linda is a practicing fine artist with a first class degree in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts and one of the directors of Educe. She has a background as a management consultant and chartered accountant for KPMG. Linda has worked with Creative Junction as a creative agent and creative practitioner to primary and secondary schools and feels passionately about using enquiry based processes to explore the world as life-long learners. Her own enquiries and practices focus on questions about environment, architecture, sustainability, social responsibility and global citizenship. Paul Paul is an artist whose practice has crossed many boundaries: from sculpture to drawing; from public art to painting; from academia to curating and writing. From 1990 – 2009 he was Head of Painting and subsequently professor of Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts responsible for the development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and PhD supervision in Fine Art. Throughout his academic career he has maintained his practice and he has exhibited widely in Britain and Europe as well as completing many public projects and residencies. He was also founder and director of The Small Mansion Arts centre, where he was responsible for the exhibition and education programme. Whilst continuing to exhibit widely, recent activities include taking part in the ‘Rothko 2009’ painting residency in Latvia; completing a major restoration of the Cable Street mural (which he painted originally in 1981/3) in 2011. Linda and Paul have recently worked withAllen & Overy and students from Bethnal Green Technology College on an Art, Literacy, Community and Justice project in 2010, and a follow up project creating a float for the Lord Mayors show in 2011. Educe have access to a rich network of people working creatively in the business and education sectors. As an associate of Creative Junction we explore opportunities for collaboration developing new ways for business and education to work together, explore ideas and support one another in developing the creative potential of young people. Educe raise awareness in the business and education sectors of the possibilities offered by the creative and cultural sectors and the arts – to give a sense that the arts are a serious career choice as well as a learning vehicle which will equip our young people with key transferable skillsof value to any organisation; developing enterprise skills; resilience and determination; ability to adapt to and embrace change; building communities and networks; valuing diversity and problem solving through creative thinking.
Vicky has worked on a number of projects with Creative Junction since 2006 and welcomed the opportunity to become an Associate. She is leading on the digital learning programme including webinars. Vicky Hope-Walker is a freelance Creative Producer whose work is focused on arts education projects from conception to evaluation. Much of her work addresses diversity. Vicky has worked for a wide variety of organisations ranging from national museums both in the UK and overseas, theatre and opera companies, local authorities and independent arts based companies. She has a background in both combined art, physical theatre and museum display, with a particular passion for digital media and education. This passion led to her setting up the Animation Station in 1994 which she still supports. She says “I see technology as an extended self and want to see it used in new and inspiring ways that brings people together from across the globe. I am interested in bringing together artists of varied disciplines and cultures to inspire and stretch young people beyond their boundaries”. Vicky has also carried out research into the creative sector in Buckinghamshire, encouraging networks between businesses, colleges and young people, and has worked closely with Pinewood Studios to create experiences for young people seeking media based careers. She is currently producing an animation involving, disabled animators, musicians, artists, 11 countries and 20 schools to celebrate the values of the Paralympics.