Paul Hartley – Organisation and Engagement

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Paul has worked in a variety of settings in both formal and informal youth engagement and with in local authority arts development. Paul is an experienced project manager and youth and community facilitator; and has been instrumental in creative community engagement in Pennine Lancashire for 20 years.

Paul also won the outstanding achievement award at Art 08 for his work on the Channel 4 BIG ART project in Burnley.

As a specialist in community & youth engagement Paul’s past strategic work, including Creative Partnerships Lancashire, Elevate housing market renewal and BLAZE, Lancashire Cultural Olympiad programme, has enabled a solid foundation to develop some grass root creative interventions in developing a youth voice for Pendle.

Paul is a founder director of In-Situ founded in 2012 and based in Pendle

Andy Abbott – Environment Programme

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Andy is an artist, musician, writer and creative producer living in Bradford. He is interested in the socially transformative potential of art in unconventional contexts. He has worked internationally, as an individual artist and in the DIY art collective Black Dogs, including commissions and residencies for Tate Modern, MK Gallery, Gasworks and Museum of Oxford.

In 2012 he was awarded his practice-led PhD from the University of Leeds with a thesis on socially engaged art and postcapitalism. Between 2015 and 2018 he produced an exhibition and events programme to pilot a Centre for Socially Applied Arts for University of Bradford. He also plays and records music – mainly on baritone guitar – for independent UK labels and the occasional short film soundtrack.

Anna Taylor – Marketing and Communications

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Anna is an artist and writer based in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. She has worked  on communications and development at Redeye and LOOK: Liverpool International Photography Festival and in exhibitions at Art Sheffield, S1 Artspace, Ikon Gallery and MK Gallery. She studied MA Arts Criticism and Management at City University, London.

Kerry Morrison – Lead Artist

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Since 2001, Kerry’s practice has merged art with ecology to produce intriguing interventions in urban and rural landscapes. Her methodology is collaborative, interdisciplinary and socially engaging. Through a conspicuous process of walking, talking, listening, drawing, data collection, and performance, she explores human impacts on the environment and people’s connections with nature. Her approach is durational and transitory whereby art is a verb: a process of action, dialogue, and performative patterns resulting in new shared experiences and unfolding narratives. In 2015 Kerry completed her PhD in Environment and Life Sciences: Exploring The Cultural Ecosystem Services Associated With Unmanaged Urban Brownfield Sites: An Interdisciplinary (Art and Sciences) Approach. University of Salford. Kerry is a founder Director of In-Situ and is currently based between Todmorden and Dumfries.

Sophie Skellern – PhD Evaluation

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Sophie Skellern has worked with the arts in Lancashire since 2012 as an artist, project manager, producer and more recently as a researcher.

In 2017 she received an MA in Cities, Culture & Creativity’ at Liverpool John Moores University. Her dissertation won the LJMU ‘Research Excellence’ prize, and it studied three small-scale, community embedded arts organisations and the teams behind these, one being In-Situ. This study unpicked some of the motivations, challenges and threats felt by these organisations.

Sophie will now be spending the next few years working alongside In-Situ completing a PhD. She will study how NPO Arts Council England funding affects the growth and sustainability of In-Situ. The role and value of community embedded arts practice is currently at the forefront of academic and policy debates in the UK, and so this research is beneficial for informing developments within the arts sector and will add to the discourse needed as part of a healthy, reactive and growing arts ecology.

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