OUR HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM DELIVER MAJOR CULTURAL PROJECTS

We provide expertise across the cultural sector; visual arts, performing arts, design, craft, technology, and creative industries.

Mark Davy

Founder

Mark Davy founded Futurecity in 2007 (with offices in London and Cambridge) as a culture and placemaking consultancy and a platform for predominantly private sector involvement in culture-driven development of our urban centres. Under his leadership Futurecity has written over 50 cultural and arts strategies for large brownfield developments, regeneration areas and urban projects across the UK.

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Sherry Dobbin

Cultural Director

Sherry was appointed as Cultural Director of Futurecity in 2017. Sherry is an experienced cultural strategist and producer with significant experience within the public realm and non-traditional spaces. Her thirty years of delivery across the US and UK and past thirteen years leading programmes and organisations gives her significant context for establishing policy, strategy and implementation plans.

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Tim Jones

Head of Strategy

A member of the prestigious Placemaking Leadership Council, Tim develops our placemaking strategies and research and new business opportunities for the company. Tim is an award-winning cultural entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience as a senior arts director, consultant, producer and lecturer.

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Andy Robinson

Senior Strategist

Andy creates and leads a diverse portfolio of culture and placemaking programmes in Cambridge, working closely between clients and the local authorities vision for innovation and growth in the city. He transforms strategic thinking into deliverable programmes of public art commissions and cultural partnerships, building and integrating new communities across the city.

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Anna Haylock

HR Manager

Anna develops and enhances Futurecity’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating all HR and employee relations strategies, policies and practices. She works closely with the team to plan resources and ensure all HR practices are legally sound. Anna is a fully qualified HR professional with over 20 years' HR experience with 12 of those post-qualification (CIPD Advanced Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management).

Ade Hassan

Financial Controller

Ade is responsible for providing finance support to the project teams. This includes fee forecasting, project billing, cost tracking and reporting on the financial progress of projects. He has previously worked as a Project Accountant for a range of organisations including Property Developers, Building Contractors and Architects Practices.

Rachael McNabb

Senior Curator

Rachael specializes in the curation, delivery and installation of art and design commissions in the public realm, recently delivering the Vertical Shell installation by Tobias Putrih at the South Bank Tower, London. Previously Rachael spent over 6 years working for Damien Hirst’s studio (Science Ltd), managing projects such as The Miraculous Journey, Doha.

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Vicki Young

Senior Curator

Vicki curates and delivers major public art commissions in the public realm. She delivered The Optic Cloak by Conrad Shawcross RA and the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Arts Programme and is currently leading on high profile commissions both in London and Sydney. Previously, her work at the Architecture Foundation won a 2012 Regeneration & Renewal Award. She has worked across all art forms, spending 15 years in Documentary TV production.

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Alessandra Grignaschi

Futurecity Associate

Alessandra develops and delivers cultural placemaking strategies for Futurecity’s public realm projects. Alessandra has over 20 years of experience in Project Management in the culture, arts and media industries. Between 2010-2012, with exhibition-maker Judith Clark, she collected, designed and coordinated the delivery and installation of The Simone Handbag Museum in Seoul, South Korea.

Alice Cicolini-Strazzeri

Futurecity Associate

Alice is Futurecity’s strategic advisor for craft and design. Prior to this she was a design curator at the British Council, publishing The New English Dandy with Thames & Hudson, and curating a series of international touring exhibitions. As Director Arts & Culture India, she commissioned Tim Supple’s seminal Midsummer Nights Dream, managed 13 staff across the continent and budgets up to 1 million.

Jen Barnes

Curator

Jen works on project delivery and coordinates the exhibitions for the Gallery at Foyles. She recently managed the fabrication and installation of three commissions at Guy's Cancer Centre: Daniel Silver's "Boat", Angela Bulloch's "Radiance" and a wayfinding project with Karel Martens and Pentagram. In 2013, she completed her MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths.

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Dr Cara Courage

Strategist

Cara brings her placemaking academic and practice experience to the team, grounding project research and proposals in robust theoretical and practical frameworks. A placemaking author, Cara has worked in the sector for over 15 years, completing her PhD in placemaking in 2016. She is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council and Academy of Urbanism and continues placemaking research with universities internationally.

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David Micklem

Futurecity Associate

David is an experienced producer, cultural leader, writer and trainer with a demonstrable track record in supporting artists, delivering significant arts projects and influencing policy. From 2007 until 2012 he was Joint Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Battersea Arts Centre, a ground-breaking theatre in South London. He currently works independently for a range of clients including Futurecity.

Alyce Delbridge

Project Manager, Avenue of the Arts

Alyce manages the development and implementation of the Avenue of the Arts - a keystone initiative for FuturecityMassachusetts. She has delivered and developed viable opportunities for artists to share their work with diverse audiences in Boston and London, helping to raise the cultural profile of both communities. Currently based in Boston, she brings an intercontinental perspective and strong background in project and programme management.

Karin De Giorgi

Lead Researcher

Karin draws on her anthropological research experience to underpin projects with strong critical analysis and effective evidencing. She ensures Futurecity's thought leadership agenda is underpinned with relevant data and critical thinking. Previously Karin worked in project research roles for acclaimed arts organisation motiroti, Royal Anthropological Institute and Horniman Museum. She earned her Social Anthropology degree at Goldsmith.

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Rachel Hutchison

Strategy Assistant / Researcher

‘Hutch’ works within the strategy team to implement and support qualitative and quantitative research methodologies used in developing cultural placemaking strategies. Hutch holds an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths and her previous experience includes developing a strategy for a grassroots creative district and managing the development funds for small performing arts organisations.

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Sophie Forbat

Futurecity Associate, Sydney

Sophie Forbat is a leading curator and project manager in Sydney. Working with Kaldor Arts Projects for eight years, Sophie has undertaken a wealth of ambitious art projects across the city including 13 Rooms and Marina Abramovic in residence. She is a strategic thinker bringing fresh ideas and approaches to the development and implementation of Futurecity’s strategies and offers considerable experience in the delivery of complex projects.

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Christiane Keys-Statham

Project Manager, Sydney

Christiane Keys-Statham is an art administrator and curator with a strong background in project management. Bringing business and leadership skills, Christiane supports Futurecity across its project development and delivery. Christiane’s experience of working with leading public art studios includes her current role as Studio and Project Manager for Turpin + Crawford Studio.

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Dr Michael Cohen

Futurecity Associate, Sydney

As a practicing artist, academic and curator, Michael’s career spans over 25 years. He has extensive experience working in government and in private-public partnerships in Sydney and regional NSW. For many years, Michael curated and produced the cultural programmes in two of Australia’s most visited precincts, Darling Harbour and The Rocks in Sydney, with a combined visitation of over 40 million people annually.

Our projects

London

+44 (0)20 7407 0500 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB

Cambridge

+44 (0)1223 403364 http://cambridge.futurecity.co.uk Cambridge CB1 7GX

Sydney

+61 452 570 919 http://futurecity.co.uk/portfolio/futurecity-in-australia/