Who we are
Creative Leicestershire works to develop new and existing small creative enterprises across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The programme provides access to a range of advice and support in order to help them survive and grow and is a vital catalyst connecting people through networking opportunities, strengthening supply chains and retaining knowledge.
Our Vision: The creative economy in our area becomes valuable, confident, stimulating and beautiful.
Our Mission: Creative Leicestershire provides services for artists and creative enterprises in the sub-region to encourage growth and deepen knowledge. We make connections, support aspiration and create opportunities.
Our Values: Quality, Diversity and Ambition
Creative Leicestershire is core funded by a partnership of local authorities including Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Blaby District Council and North West Leicestershire District Council.
CREATIVE LEICESTERSHIRE TEAM
Catherine Rogers – Creative Leicestershire Manager
Tel: 0116 305 4117
Catherine Rogers currently manages Creative Leicestershire which supports artists and creative enterprises in the East Midlands. She is Chair of Trustees for Junction Arts, and a director of Community Interest Company, The Generator, creating a creative community space in Loughborough. Catherine also works as an Arts Quality Assessor for Arts Council England which includes visiting National Portfolio Organisations and writing reports assessing the quality of the work for ACE.
Catherine has a particular interest in researching and developing best practice in creative industry hubs. In 2016 she worked with the Studio Manager at Loughborough University’s commercialisation hub and developed an exchange project with AdeSampa in Brazil, and more recently worked with them again to co-develop a knowledge exchange workshop for hub leaders.
In 2017 she applied successfully to the European Creative Hub Network peer to peer exchange programme and spent a week researching the success of the Rotterdam creative housing experiment, Stad in de Maak. Her blog was published on a-n the artist newsletter website.
Sam Kitson – Creative Leicestershire Officer
Sam looks after the E-bulletin, website, social media and emails for Creative Leicestershire. She has a Visual Communication degree in Graphic Design, 15 years experience in media, arts and health and galleries and was the Cultural Arts Officer for Melton. She also runs a small arts business – ‘Electric Kitty’, teaches art part time and is training to be a children’s yoga teacher.
Cath Pilling – WebinArt Co-ordinator
With a background in Fine Art (BA) and Museum and Gallery Studies (MA), Cath has worked in Arts Consultancy and Curatorial Research for several National Arts Organisations. She’s also a former Gallery Owner and Artist, and now divides her time between Webinart, painting and family.
Ruth is working on development plans for taking Made in Leicestershire forward and runs networking and consultation events for Creative Leicestershire.
Ruth has been working as an artist-maker in textiles for 13 years. Prior to setting up her own studio practice, she worked in museums for several years following a Masters Degree in Museum Studies. She now combines her creative practice and her project development experience and specialises in creating arts projects with partners including heritage and community organisations, universities and galleries.
Recent projects include a centenary quilt for an NHS hospital, a public art project with young people funded by a charitable trust, a residency in Leicester University Genetics Department and a current residency with Staffordshire Record Office and Wolverhampton University.
She has exhibited widely in the UK and has won awards for her practice including the Fine Art Quilt Masters prize 2016 and has funded 6 major projects through Arts Council England applications. Working with and supporting makers is really important to Ruth and she runs training, professional development and mentoring activities in partnership with a wide range of organisations.
Natalie has over 20 years’ experience in marketing some of the world’s most recognised brands, including ITV, Pepsi, McLaren, Warner Bros, British Film Institute, BBC Worldwide and Save The Children. Her marketing credits range from Coronation Street, Cold Feet and Spooks to Bridget Jones’s Diary and The King’s Speech. She sits on the board of the Haymarket Consortium, as PR and Marketing Director in the team bringing Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre back to life.