ABOUT LOUISE

Louise has worked in Community Arts for thirteen years, since graduating from a degree in Sustainable Design in 2008. Louise has established a large thriving community maker space, has frequently worked on projects both as an artist facilitator and as a project manager, and has developed programs for adults, children and families. Louise also has extensive experience building partnerships and securing grant funding

 

Louise is currently managing director of Make North see our 'about' page for more info.

WORK HISTORY

HEAD OF LEARNING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
KINDRED STUDIOS
MARCH- SEPTEMBER 2018

Kindred Studios, in Shepards Bush, London, opened in September 2017 and housed 175 artists and makers. Louise was employed by Kindred in March 2018 to develop their new learning and engagement programs.

 

During her time at Kindred Studios Louise worked with resident artists, local schools and a community groups, to create a community garden in the former school yard. Over the course of three months 100's of planters were made from reclaimed materials, as well as seating and banners. The project through business sponsorship and a crowdfunding campaign managed by Louise.

Kindred Studios had a meanwhile lease with a local university and sadly the university was forced to sell the building just one year after Kindred took occupancy, they were unable to find another home.

MANAGING DIRECTOR
ABBEYMOUNT STUDIOS
SEPTEMBER 2012- OCTOBER 2016

In 2012 Louise established Abbeymount Studios (formerly Process Studios), a charitable community workshop and artist studio in Edinburgh. Louise raised over £50K in start-up funds through a Crowdfunding campaign and The Scottish Arts Council to launch the studios and over 4 years, with the help of a fantastic team and a dedicated board, built a thriving organisation. Louise handed over management of Abbeymount Studios to another charity 'Out of the Blue' in October 2016.

Abbeymount Studios has workshop facilities for: pottery, print, fashion & furniture, and space for 60 professional creative businesses, ranging from starter-spaces to private studios.

During Louise's four years as managing director:

  • Over 3000 people participated in courses

  • The studios supported over 200 professional makers to start or grow their businesses

  • Louise developed a number of long-term partnerships with community groups and higher education, working with these partners to deliver regular projects, including work with NEET young people and adults in recovery

  • The studio hosted four pop-up shops and 5 open studio events

"I have known Louise for three and a half years as director of Process Studios…Process Studios was a vital addition to the craft sector in Scotland providing essential facilities, support and mentoring...It was a unique model in that it took a holistic approach to the support makers needed to develop their creative practice. Studio holders could offset their rent or generate income by running workshops, helping to develop audiences and widening access.

The support network was invaluable especially to those early in their careers. But what made this venture really stand out was the concern for quality of work and professionalism." Fiona Logue, Director of Craft Scotland (the national development body for craft in Scotland)

 

" I have been consistently inspired by Louise’s commitment and drive building and developing Process Studios. Through her work she has successfully amplified the impact and value of craft...To build an organisation from scratch as Louise did you have to be incredibly motivated, have unwavering vision and possess resilience and tenacity in quantity. Louise has inner drive and determination that has seen Process Studios grow and develop over the years." Janine Matheson, Director of Creative Edinburgh

POP-UP SELLING SHOWS
EDINBURGH SUMMER AND CHRISTMAS FESTIVALS
ANNUAL 2014- 2016

ARTS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
WYRE BOROUGH COUNCIL & FREELANCE ARTIST FACILITATOR
MAY 2010-JULY 2012

During Louise's twelve-months as Arts Development Assistant at Wyre Borough Council she worked with the parks and coutryside team and community organisations to establish four new annual events, in order to reach new audiences and encourage new visitors.

 

All the events involved working with schools and youth groups on programming, developing content and producing artwork for the sites.


During this period Louise was also employed by Curious Minds to deliver six projects in primary, secondary and SEN schools; by PRESCAP (Preston Community Arts Partnership), to delivered four projects in partnership with community groups and also developed and delivered a summer program of workshops at Brockholes and Samlesbury Hall.

"Louise is very hard-working and user-focused, making sure that events happen well...Whilst with us she organised school sculpture workshops and a Family Sculpture Day at Wyre Estuary Country Park, which were very successful. She also organised an event for ‘The Big Draw’, which was shortlisted for a national award and a successful youth music event...Louise is much missed at Wyre, she is talented and hard-working and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to any future employer."  Jean Laurie, Arts Development Officer, Wyre Borough Council