Established in March 2007 in response to a demand by the region’s artistic and cultural sector for bespoke advice and support, Cultural Solutions UK is working with a wide range of partners and organisations across the east Midlands.
David ‘s passion and dogged determination in bringing challenging art to the mainstream has seen him involved in some of the region’s most celebrated cultural events and projects of the past three decades. From Director/Curator of Ty Llen, the National Literature Centre of Wales in 1995 to Executive Producer of Golden Fables 2012, Lincolnshire's Cultural Olympiad funded contribution to the wider London 2012 Olympic celebrations - WATCH VIDEO
David’s vision and leadership has been contracted by a range of organisations and local authorities as a catalyst for change.
Cultural Solutions UK is currently developing a major international 2015 initiative.
Chris Konrath - Creative Writing Facilitator
Chris trained at Bournemouth Film School as a Screenwriter and went on to work for twelve years across a wide variety of film projects in both the UK and US.
In 2006, Chris began working as a freelance creative writing workshop facilitator and has been involved in numerous projects across Lincolnshire, including facilitating the creative writing element of Our World (2008, 2009), working with the Gainsborough Traveller Initiative on Bronze and Silver Arts Awards, working with the Participation and Inclusion Team at Lincolnshire County Council on mentoring creative young people, running song-writing workshops with SoundLincs, facilitating the Lyric Lounge Lincoln (2011, 2012) and the Alchemy Project.
Chris facilitatied workshops for the Alchemy Project, exploring identity, race and prejudice through a range of creative writing genres and processes including poetry, short stories, travelogues and blogs.
Chris also works as a family support worker, is married and has two children.
Joel Stickley - Lincolnshire Poet Laureate
Joel has undertaken various residencies and commissions over the last few years. He was Poet Laureate for Lincolnshire in 2011/2012 and a writer in residence for the Writers In Prison Network. His work has been featured on BBC One, Radio 4, Radio 3, Channel 4 and in various newspapers and magazines. He has been commissioned to create three poems for the Alchemy Project and today he will share his first creation.
Joel Stickley was Lincolnshire Poet Laureate when he was commissioned to write two poems about the challenges and opportunities of living in Boston, Lincolnshire in the early 21 century. Here are the two poems for you to read and hear.
Leanne Taylor - Project Co-ordinator
Leanne has worked in Arts Development for 14 years; the first 9 years were in local authority settings before moving into consultancy and Project Management. In that time she worked for a variety of local authorities, including Nottinghamshire County Council in the role of Festivals Officer and at West Lindsey District Council as their Arts Development Officer. She has a wide experience of rural arts development, and of working in Lincolnshire through a variety of participatory projects.
Lesley Stableford - Film Maker
Lesley researched and made Alchemy Project video one. She runs Transition Media Arts which is an artist-led arts organisation that collaborates with community groups across Lincolnshire. They have 22 years experience working with the community, especially with groups of young people, helping them shoot and edit their own films and gallery and projection based installations. They also undertake arts production commissions for Local Authorities, Arts Organisations and groups, and run one-to-one training courses on editing in Final Cut Pro.
Chris Searson - Film Maker
Chris is a film maker and photographer with over 10 years experience developed across multiple artistic disciplines. As part of the award winning creative team at Blueprint: Design and Multimedia, he produces engaging visual content for conventional and emerging media formats with a specific focus on documentary and promotional video production.
Sue has worked in journalism for more than 30 years and now divides her time between teaching the subject at the University of Lincoln and running an arts PR consultancy. She'll be the one responsible for letting you know what's going on with the Alchemy Project, where you can go to join in and about the triumphs (and tears!) we experience along the way.
Twisted By Design UK
Graphic design by Andy Farenden.
Twisted By Design UK specialise in print media making beautiful and unique design solutions. They have been working in the industry since the turn of the century and have worked with a wide range of clients from theatres and festivals to recruitment agencies and nightclubs and created the graphics for the Alchemy Project.
Web design and development by Roya Brehl.
Working alongside Twisted By Design UK Brehl Design developed the website for the Alchemy Project.
Wes Shelbourne - Just Lincolnshire
Wes is General Manager of JUST Lincolnshire. Wesley joined JUST Lincolnshire in July 2010 after working for 2 years with LEAP supported Housing, providing support and accommodation for vulnerable young people with complex needs at risk of homelessness. Prior to that he worked for seven years at the Shaw Trust providing support for adults with enduring mental ill health. During this time he was heavily involved in helping to establish a worker led co-operative. In a voluntary capacity he has worked in Ethiopia with an aid and development charity as part of a small team to establish and monitor community based projects. He is also part of a small local voluntary group called ‘Act Justly’ that seeks to raise awareness locally of global social justice issues. Wesley has experience of working with young refugees in Croatia after fleeing the conflict in the Balkans.