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A number of Arts Officers gave time and support to the development of this guide, including:
Heather Cooper, Newark & Sherwood DC
Chris Kirkwood and David Lambert, Lincs County Council
Mick Fattorini, Leics County Council
Cllr Wendy Golland, Rachel Wood, and Andy Bowers, Gedling BC
Janet Matthews, North Kesteven DC
Clare Freeman, East Lindsey DC
Doff Pollard, Teinbridge DC
Emily Harvey, Arts Action York.
Pete Bryan, nalgao administrator.
Members of the nalgao Executive
Officers of Arts Council, east Midlands

This report was commissioned by Arts Council, East Midlands, in partnership with nalgao, (the National Organisation for Local Government Arts Officers). It is written by:Tim Harris
Director of Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough from 1985 to 1991, he worked for Nottinghamshire County Council as Principal Arts Officer and then for seven years as Head of Arts.  His work with the County Council involved developing new programmes and partnerships in support of programmes addressing social inclusion, young people and the creative industries.

In his capacity as Head of Arts Tim has co-ordinated the Nottinghamshire Consortium of Local Authorities, working with the County’s District Councils and Arts Council England East Midlands to develop partnerships across a number of policy areas. He has been closely involved with strategy development, including A Cultural Strategy for Nottinghamshire.

Tim also has a long and practical track record in strategic developments of cultural programmes, including:

  • Scoping studies and toolkit development for East Midlands Development Agency.
  • Development of grant award schemes.
  • Successful programme and audience development programmes for small and middle-scale drama; includes touring by RSC, RNT and commissions for special sites
  • Developing joint agendas with Tourism sector to develop visitors on the strength of an area’s cultural activity.
  • Assessing and advocating for Economic impact of culture on jobs, visitor attractions, pride of place, etc – e.g. Regenerating through Creativity report, 2003.
  • Fundraising for cultural development, through National Lottery, ESF, Objective 2 and local authorities.

Since becoming a freelance consultant, his portfolio has developed into arts and health (for Hampshire Local Authorities), organisational development, creative industry impact assessment, Local Authority arts strategy, rural touring, international research, faith and culture and Creative Partnership project evaluation.

Tim is Chair of City Arts (a participatory arts programme for inner-city Nottingham), and a Board member of Southwell Artspace – a creative studio space for emerging artists.