Patrick is an experienced producer, commissioner and senior arts leader who supports artists to engage with diverse communities of place and interest to create contemporary work that reflects the politics of our times. He has commissioned and supported projects by some of the world’s leading artists in this field of practice. He is former Director of Create, Ireland’s national development agency for Collaborative Arts, supporting artists to work in a range of social and community contexts. He is the Founder of CAPP, the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, which is a nine-organisation, four- year programme of transnational work, funded through the Creative Europe programme, focusing on shared learning and models of social arts practice throughout Europe. Patrick is a regular contributor to publications and journals related to participatory arts, and is interested in expanding critical discourse and supporting the development of policy and infrastructure around this field, including the development of new models of arts education. Patrick is also former Head of Collaborations and Engagement at FACT Liverpool (Foundation for Art + Creative Technology), leading the acclaimed tenantspin (a 12-year Arts and Older People project) as part of his portfolio. He is passionate about the role of art and artists in civil society and the engagement of communities of place and interest in high quality arts processes.

KATHRYN DEMPSEY Lead Producer Kathryn is Lead Producer at Heart of Glass, joining the team from FACT (, where she shaped and led the renowned Collaborations Programme as Head of Engagement. During her time at FACT she produced work for leading digital artists. She has a broad expertise in managing artists, programmes and projects from working as a producer for the Abandon Normal Devices programme, to her role as a director of the Chester Performs, Screen Deva programme where she developed large-scale productions, transforming non-arts spaces to present the best of film and digital work to new audiences. She produced significant projects as part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture programme, such as the £1.5 million artistic initiative, Cities on the Edge, which brought together leading artists, filmmakers and musicians from nine European cities. Kat has extensive experience of work with quality artists within a social context at differing stages in their careers. Her thinking and practice has influenced practitioners - and as importantly, non-arts commissioners - enabling quality artists to have an impact on audiences outside of arts venues.

As well as our Steering Group of partners, we can also count our experienced and committed Staff Team as a core asset.

GREG PENNINGTON Communications Greg Pennington is a communications professional with 13 years’ experience in media and marketing. After qualifying at Aintree College in Newspaper Journalism, Greg joined Champion Newspapers covering news for five years as the group grew to five weekly titles.

Greg moved into Public Relations with Warrington Wolves Rugby League, before joining Hull FC and St Helens RFC. He joined Heart of Glass in 2014 after four years in St Helens working on community, heritage, health and well-being projects with Saints Community Development Foundation. Greg writes and talks on sport, European travel, disability awareness, healthcare and art.

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