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Arts and Culture launches new Assistant Producers programme

Great Hall Queen MaryQueen Mary has long played a central role in London’s cultural landscape, extending back to its origins as the People’s Palace in 1887. Today, our world-renowned expertise in cultural and arts programming draws from collaborations across East London and internationally. Events with artists, cultural changemakers, and community organisations make our campus a space for exchanges with members of the public, politicians, business leaders, alumni, students and staff alike.

This April, Arts and Culture launches a unique programme for Queen Mary students and recent alumni to receive specialist training and professional experience in producing and managing arts and cultural events in Queen Mary’s Great Hall, Octagon and other venues on campus, including in Arts and Culture’s online Virtual People’s Palace.

Working on a variety of dance, music, poetry/spoken word, and visual arts events at Queen Mary, the new team of 15 Assistant Producers will receive wide range of experience in:  

  • Arts and cultural event management, including project management, client liaison, artist management, audience engagement, and administration of professional arts events.
  • Technical training in sound and lighting for large and small-scale events.
  • Programming for Queen Mary’s spaces, including the soon to be launched Bloc cinema and gallery space in ArtsOne 

In partnership with Queen Mary Careers and Venues teams, this project is led by the ethos of Queen Mary’s AiR Supply programme, established by QMUL School of English and Drama’s Professor Lois Weaver.  AiR Supply focuses on skill sharing, event production and the creation and development of original work, acting as a support network, sounding board and source of opportunities for early-career artists and arts professionals.  The new Assistant Producers will benefit from AiR Supply’s approach toward working with artists and audiences. They will further benefit from Arts and Culture’s rolling programme of conversations with producers (and associated career paths) from across the spectrum of the arts and cultural industries, and the opportunity to work with professional organisations throughout London. 

We will announce more detail on the programme as the Assistant Producers begin their work on various events May and June 2022. For further information please contact Dr Molly McPhee, Arts and Culture Strategy Officer:

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