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UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF MEDIA, ARTS AND EVENTS


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  • Kirsteen
    Kirsteen McNish
  • Frank Flynn
    Frank Flynn
  • Laia Gasch
    Laia Gasch

Kirsteen McNish works in arts and cultural management and is a consultant in the fields of literature, arts and music.

Kirsteen works on specially commissioned projects involving leading artists, authors, filmmakers and musicians; producing high calibre partnerships for arts organisations and promoting the work of creative individuals. Specialising in large scale and bespoke events, Kirsteen has extensive experience of generating wide reaching events exposure with accompanying PR and promotional campaigns.

Her latest projects under the moniker of new events venture Vine Collective include specially curating a programme of “Late’s” for the award-winning William Morris Gallery between 2015-2016, involving working with artists from various disciplines on cross-platform events attracting new and more diverse audiences to the venue. 

Kirsteen also devises campaigns and events with established organisations, working as curator and facilitator most recently on two immersive music and literature events with architectural giants R.I.B.A and band The Magnetic North. This one off event around their album launch "The Prospect Of Skelmersdale" was the first event of its kind for R.I.B.A. The event included collaborating with artist Bill Drummond on a limited-edition publication created for the event, and inviting writers Amy LiptrotJohn Grindrod and Laura Barton to read their own work.

Kirsteen also recently curated a show for singer Hannah Peel’s album launch "Awake But Always Dreaming" which featured a poetry reading of Faber New Poet Will Burn’s work by actor Christopher Eccleston, and films from Faber poet and writer Lavinia Greenlaw, and Shelly Love. This campaign was supported by a specially commissioned feature in The Guardian, a live session on BBC 6 Music with Lauren Laverne and various arts and culture publications in print and online, to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Kirsteen has also worked with Smith & Baxter PR and Hoxton Mini Press on press campaigns around a range of popular limited edition photography books, and PR with Smoke Creatives to promote Waterfront Magazine (Canal & River Trust) at music festivals and in the press.

Kirsteen directed Richmond Literature Festival’s 20th anniversary, which ranged from headliner Jeremy Paxman, art critic Andrew Graham Dixon, writer and poet Joe Dunthorne, poet Kate Tempest and a popular fringe festival which included a boat party with Caught By The River and Faber writer and filmmaker/broadcaster Michael Smith.

Previously a Campaigns Manager for the BBC, Kirsteen delivered several high-profile campaigns including the BBC Poetry Season campaign, which involved commissioning a selection of short films and viral films that inspired people to appreciate and re-engage with poetry and spoken word, featuring well known artists, musicians, comedians and actors.

She also project managed the studio's at BBC 21CC (BBC's 21st Century Classroom) where she developed a year-round training programme for schools and young people who were mentored to develop digital creative skills in workshops led by specially selected top media digital industry professionals, musicians and artists.

kirsteen.mcnish@thirdnature.co.uk


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RIBA worked in collaboration with Kirsteen/Vine Collectiveon a fantastic live event that brought the seemingly disparate disciplines of independent music, spoken word and the architecture of new towns together in the most imaginative way.  Enlivening the ornate space of RIBA’s Art Deco Florence Hall, Kirsteen’s creativity, humor and huge amount of energy made this live performance by the Magnetic North, a first ever event for RIBA, an unforgettable way of bringing new life and contemporary relevance to RIBA’s historical architecture collections.

Marie Bak Mortensen / RIBA

Bill Drummond / Artist & Writer

Smith and Baxter PR

Hannah Peel / The Magnetic North

James Gray / William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum

Katrin Owusu / Co-founder & Director / Smoke Creatives

Luke Turner / The Quietus

Lloyd Vaughan / Celebrity Manager / Alzheimer's Research UK

Frank Flynn has worked extensively in TV, radio and online. He is also an experienced educationalist and trainer, having worked in both formal and informal learning contexts across a wide spectrum of ages .He has also written for a variety of publications and journals and has had a number of books published.

During his career with the BBC, Frank commissioned and produced documentaries, dramas and a range of audio and online resources designed to support adults and children in their pursuit of learning. Posts held during his time with the BBC included: Controller of Children’s Education, Head of Learning, and Head of Commissioning C.P.T.

Prior to joining the BBC, Frank was a teacher, an adult education tutor and a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education. He has also been involved in a wide range of community learning projects.

A central focus of Frank’s interest is the use of creative “making” within work and learning structures, as a means of realising the latent potential of individuals and organisations, and building confidence and ambition.

In 2005 Frank Flynn won a Royal Television Award for his Contribution to Education.

frank.flynn@thirdnature.co.uk

Laia Gasch is a creative activist with an excellent track record for leading innovative, high-profile and complex projects. She has an extensive knowledge of the UK arts and media sectors with specific reference to arts participation and diversity engagement and has both experience in policy development and implementation of best practice.

Over the past ten years, Laia has devised and led major national and international projects which engaged thousands of people in the creative arts through meaningful participatory programmes.

She led and developed Blast into the BBC’s an award-winning youth arts portal brokering strategic partnerships across the UK. As SOWF’s Creative Director she led a partnership between Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and 20 other leading arts organisations (Southbank and Bankside Cultural Quarter).

Laia is originally from Barcelona and has lived in London over the past 17 years.

laia.gasch@thirdnature.co.uk