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Evaluation and research

I'm a seasoned researcher, with a track-record of producing readable reports, backed up by solid evidence, careful analysis and practical recommendations. Current and recent projects include evaluation of ARTIST ROOMS for Tate, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Ferens Art Gallery, and a national review of formal learning in museums for Arts Council England. My research often focuses on work with children and young people.

Strategic planning

In the current climate many organisations are looking for new routes to sustainability. I can help you analyse your needs, test ideas and set out your priorities, in the form of a well evidenced strategic plan. If required, I will also bring other skills into the mix, using a network of experienced and expert freelance colleagues. 

Image: Hannah Leighton-Boyce, The Event of the Thread, 2014

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Writing and Mentoring

I write for many different purposes and audiences, from professional reports and guidance documents to opinion pieces about art and cultural policy. There is nothing I like better than discovering how artists think and and finding the right words to explain their motivations and processes to other people. I'm also committed to helping individual artists and artists' groups prosper in a hostile funding environment. 

Image:  Bernard G Mills. Installation view, In Praise of Renewal at The New Immortals, Phoenix Brighton, 2016. Artist: Judith Alder


People I work with

Felicity Woolf

Felicity has worked for the National Gallery, Arts Council England and Creative & Cultural Skills, where she was Qualifications and Operations Director. As an arts education consultant, she played a key role in the development of both Artsmark and Arts Award. 

She is Chair of The Mighty Creatives, a Sector Support Organisation and the Bridge for the East Midlands, and also chairs Upstart Projects, an organisation that encourages young people to get involved with the arts as leaders and activists. From 2012 to 2015 she lived in China, where she gained an MA and learned Mandarin.


Sarah Boiling

Sarah is a London-based consultant who specialises in research, training, facilitation, advice and evaluation with arts and heritage organisations in the UK and internationally. She was  formerly Deputy Director at the Audience Agency and has also held senior roles at Tate and the Barbican.

Since setting up as an independent consultant in 2015, she has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from the BFI’s Film Audience Network, the British Council, Arts Council England, and East London Cultural Education Alliance to Wardown House Museum, Creative People and Places, London College of Communication, Circulate, Tate, the Roundhouse, Matt’s Gallery and Phakama.


Phoebe Walker

Phoebe is a graduate of Leeds University/ Cause 4’s Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellowship programme, and holds a postgraduate certificate, with distinction, in fundraising for the arts sector. She started her career in the Development Department at the Bush Theatre in West London, fundraising successfully for the theatre’s community outreach projects, and for its successful £4m refurbishment campaign.

She has since worked in education and fundraising across the arts and cultural sector, including full-time roles at The Poetry Society and Toynbee Hall, an anti-poverty charity in London's East End. After two years working freelance from the Hague in the Netherlands, she is now based in Manchester. 

Becky Palmer

Becky is a digital producer with over 20 years’ experience of producing factual and playful content for family audiences. She worked for 10 years at the BBC (Science and Nature and CBeebies) and has been freelance for the last eight years, making games and apps for Peppa Pig, Teletubbies, Horrible Histories, Elmo’s World and Sky Kids. She has wide experience of testing ideas and products with user and non-user groups.


Sheffield, UK

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