Alison Unsworth is a creative producer, project manager and design facilitator.
She has worked with multiple partners to realise art and design projects including architects, arts organisations, local authorities, galleries, museums, healthcare providers, community groups, artists, designers and illustrators,
Alison has recently managed art and design in healthcare programmes on behalf of Ginkgo Projects and Wide Open. She coordinates the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award on behalf of Engage, the national association for gallery education.
Alison is a qualified project manager (Prince 2 Practitioner)and action learning facilitator (accredited by ILM).
Her experience builds on a strong track record as a visual artist, having successfully delivered exhibitions, commissions for building interiors and temporary works in the public realm.
Alison worked as an artist educator for over fifteen years. She has delivered over 200 sessions with children, young people and adults in galleries, museums, schools and community settings, facilitating practical activities such as drawing, sculpture and animation; leading gallery visits and group discussions; and using the methodologies of enquiry led learning, philosophy for children, and the development of creative and critical thinking skills.
Alison worked as a freelance artist for the learning team at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art from 2002 to 2017. She delivers arts continuing professional development training for teachers and others involved in gallery education.
Past and present clients include: Ginkgo Projects, Engage, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Gateshead Council, Tyne & Wear Museums, South Tyneside Council, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Northumberland County Council, Creative Partnerships, CCE, New Writing North, The Forge, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Hatton Gallery and Northern Architecture.
Freelance services can be delivered independently or as a member of a project team and include:
+ Creative engagement and consultation strategies
+ Activities and workshops
+ Displays and exhibitions
+ Learning resource design
Project management and delivery
+ art & design for built environment / capital projects
+ multidisciplinary and cross sector creative projects
+ managing project delivery
+ Research and development of cultural strategies.
+ Curation and creative direction.
+ Defining creative practitioner brief / scope
+ Managing selection process
+ Supporting creative practitioners
Design delivery and consultation
+ Art, illustration, graphics & digital print for interiors
+ Product design specialising in digital print
+ Resources for learning and engagement
+ Action learning facilitation (endorsed).
+ Design facilitation with stakeholders
+ Activities with children and young people
+ Delivery of arts continuing professional development training.