Stella Hall – Symposium Faciliatator
Stella is a Festival and Events consultant with a passion for bringing people and place together through shared creative experiences.
Her early work included co – founding the innovative arts centre, Green Room in Manchester and she has since worked in a number of high profile roles including Festival Director, Belfast Festival at Queens and Creative Director, culture 10 pioneering programme of Festivals and events across NE England.
She was the first professional Festival Director for Preston’s Guild celebrations in 2012, an event occurring every twenty years since 1179. She was made an Honorary Fellow of University of Central Lancashire for her work in engaging young people, community and academics. She is also a Board member of ArtsAdmin, London and an industry member of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014 panel for Drama, Dance, Music and Performing Arts.
Director North and National director of Combined Arts for Arts Council England, Alison is responsible for arts council’s work across the north west of England and for the support and development of festivals, events, participatory arts, outdoor arts and cross artform venues nationally.
She designed and now leads the £35.2 million Ambition for Excellence funding programme, aimed at supporting ambitious and impactful arts programmes.
Alison is a 2016-18 fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in Washington DC.
She has previously worked as a regional director for arts council in the north east, and held posts in arts and festivals development, arts policy and arts education in Liverpool, Nottingham and Teesside.
In her spare time she is an irregular blogger, rower and runner.
As The Audience Agency’s Consultancy Director, Manchester, Oliver delivers bespoke marketing consultancy and research projects, using audience data to advise on marketing and strategic planning. He has previously worked in a variety of capacities within arts consultancy (for Audiences Yorkshire, &Co and as a freelancer), as well as in marketing roles for Sheffield Galleries and Museums.
For The Audience Agency, Oliver has worked with clients include Opera North, Northern Stage, Berwick Maltings, Queen’s Hall Hexham and Arts Council England (for research to inform their opera and ballet review), led on development of quantitative research for the Audience Finder benchmarking programme and facilitated benchmarking clusters in Newcastle, Yorkshire and nationally (for opera). He has delivered the Arts Marketing module at the University of Leeds and presents at Theatre UK’s Essential of Arts Marketing course.
With degrees in English Language and Literature (Oxford) and Cultural Policy and Management (Sheffield Hallam), his particular areas of specialism are audience research, segmentation, marketing strategy, opera and poetry.
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Tim Edensor teaches cultural geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of Tourists at the Taj (198), National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2002) and Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality (2005), as well as the editor of Geographies of Rhythm (2010) and co-editor of Spaces of Vernacular Creativity (2009).
Tim has written extensively on national identity, tourism, industrial ruins, walking, driving, football cultures, rhythms, and urban materiality. Most recently, he has focused on spaces of daylight, illumination and darkness. Minnesota University Press will publish his forthcoming book, From Light to Dark, in 2017.
Dave is a pioneering artist, director and inventor working internationally at the
intersection of art, science, business & technology across large scale interactive
installation and performance.
His work has represented the UK alongside Nam June Paik, broadcast on BBC 2, Radio 4 & the World Service. Selected press include New Scientist, The Guardian, The Smithsonian Mag, we-make-moneynot-
art.com, VICE & the New York Times. His commercial practice features clients such as BBC, Jimmy Choo, Vauxhall, Siemens, Phillips and the NHS.
His large scale light installations also include: the world’s largest indoor climbing
wall, a 20 storey cylindrical building and 360 car projections. Inventions include:
the laser zoopraxiscope & virtual graffiti system - Friispray.
Dave has been researching & applying models of collaboration since 2009,
between business, art, science & technology & has presented work at
conferences such as Thinking Digital, Shift Happens & more.
He is a founding member of collectives including:
The Superposition art science network, Frozen Music Collective (Creative
application of EEG) & digitalmedialabs.org - residential research labs. Dave has
recently produced a permanent artwork for the Centre for Life, Newcastle, as
part of their new Brain Zone exhibition opened in April 2016 Notably, Project
Nimbus  achieved the inaugural projection of moving images onto clouds
from aircraft using redesigned Muybridge projection technology from 1878. The
image [Horse in Motion - Muybridge 1878], is a shared cultural reference
between art & science. It has been nominated for the STARTS prize by ARS