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I have 30 years experience of designing, managing and evaluating cultural and creative programmes. Since 2006 I’ve been director of Flow Associates, am establishing a Climate Museum for the UK, and have a growing reputation as a leading thinker in culture, ecology and the future.

Follow me on @bridgetmck

Work experience

March 2006-present: Founding Director of Flow Associates

I founded Flow Associates with Mark Stevenson, and since 2010 helped form a sister branch in India. Since 2015 my co-director is Susanne Buck. We bring teams of excellent people together to support cultural organisations with learning and digital strategies and research. Small selection of typical projects:

  • Future Views: Research and creative consultative workshops for three Bridge organisations to imagine the future of cultural learning
  • Evaluation of the Happy Museums Project
  • Mapping the use of technology in the heritage sector to inform HLF policy
  • Research to inform ACE strategy on commissioning digital services for children, young people and the education sector
  • Evaluation of the National Museums Online Learning Project
  • Advising English Heritage on collections, education and outreach strategy
  • Advocacy for Open Culture digital strategy with Collections Trust & MLA
  • Delivered the National Collections Online Study for national museums & Culture24
  • Facilitation of schools creative enquiry projects for Creative Partnerships.

2002-2006           Head of Learning at the British Library

As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, I was responsible for an organisation-wide learning strategy, I set up and managed the British Library Learning team, who ran workshops, major projects and websites based on principles of ‘creative enquiry’. The role included: Chair of Public & Learning Web Group; negotiating joint projects with BBC; developing new public exhibitions; partnerships with universities; representing BL on national education policies. I also devised three Strategic Commissioning projects for DCMS/DfES, including Campaign: make an impact, a successful nationwide project.

1999-2002           Cultural learning consultant, including:

  • Teaching, training teachers and evaluating projects for many galleries and museums, including Tate Modern & Tate Britain
  • Lead consultant for Clore Duffield Foundation (especially for The Artworks Awards)
  • Co-ordinating museum partnerships for the Workers Educational Association
  • Writing books & articles, published by engage review, The Art Book & Heinemann & editor of engagements, printed newsletter for gallery education

1998      Young at Art Coordinator, University of the Arts

I set up 40 courses, 12 awards, teacher training & careers initiative for 5 art colleges, for the first widening participation programme at the University of the Arts (previously the London Institute).

1993-1998           Education Officer, Tate Gallery

I managed the Tate Education programme for 100,000 school visitors, including teacher training, special projects, study days and education resources. This role included: Curating 15 project exhibitions; co-devising programmes for families, youth, art students and community groups; representing Education on the Displays Committee; helping to develop Tate Modern and www.tate.org.uk

1985-2000           Formative work experiences & traineeships, including:

  • 1995-2000 engage (National Association for Gallery Education), executive for London organising training events, research projects and newsletters
  • 1993: Brighton Hospital Arts, Cross-arts work with disabled people
  • 1991: Brighton Museums & Art Gallery, Voluntary education assistant
  • 1991: Teaching Art History at Brighton College of Technology
  • 1990-1991: Sussex Archaeological Society, 1 year as a trainee and 3 months as Education Officer
  • 1987: Brighton Museums & Art Gallery, voluntary exhibitions assistant
  • 1985-6: Norwich Castle Museum, 1 year FT as curatorial assistant.

Creativity and advocacy

  • CREATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM: I’m a Creative Climate Leader. I’m setting up Climate Museum UK, a pop-up touring museum to stir and collect creative responses to the climate & ecological emergency. This work includes initiatives such as: Culture Declares Emergency, encouraging and supporting the cultural sector worldwide to declare emergency, Everyday Ecocide, calling out eco-blindness in the media, and Beuysterous, promoting creative actions for trees & forests.
  • SPEAKING: Talking and facilitating at conferences internationally on museums, ecology, learning and digital futures. I use tools and models developed through Flow Associates, or ecological thinking I’ve developed in Possible Culture.
  • CREATIVE ART AND WRITING: Creative ecological projects. Painting and illustration. Developing a visual handbook called Find Your Flow and Change the World. Many articles, blogs, personal research and creative writing.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: See on Flickr and Instagram
  • MUSIC: Singing with guitar. Classical training in violin (grade 7), recorder (grade 8), early music instruments and bassoon
  • GOVERNANCE: Trustee of ONCA; Advisory group of Culture Unstained; former Parent Governor of the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology.

Qualifications

  • 1998-2002: Chelsea College of Art & Design, MA in Art History
  • 1991-1992: University of Brighton, Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • 1990-1991: BCT, City & Guilds Certificate in Further & Adult Education
  • 1986-1989: University of Sussex, BA Hons in History of Art

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