Creative People and Places project Flux appoints new programme director and chair

by | 11 August 2021 | Local Charity, Rotherham, Social Group

Rotherham’s Creative People and Places project Flux is a four-year programme of targeted sector support and development to strengthen the creative and cultural sector, increase participation and engagement, and build a legacy of social infrastructure in Rotherham.
They are delighted to announce the appointment of the initial Flux team members: Ben Walmsley as the Flux Chair and Helen Jones as the Programme Director. Helen has worked in the arts for over 20 years, most recently as Assistant Director at darts, Doncaster Community Arts. Ben is Professor of Cultural Engagement at the University of Leeds, where he also directs the Centre for Cultural Value.
The Rotherham Flux partnership consists of five independent organisations: Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance, Grimm and Co, Rotherham Borough Council, with Voluntary Action Rotherham as lead.
Helen said: “I’ve always believed that the arts are an essential part of life. People draw, sing, dance and tell stories to celebrate, share and communicate ideas.
“I’m looking forward to going on a journey of artistic discovery with people, co-creating and commissioning outstanding creative experiences at the heart of Rotherham’s communities.”
Helen will be joining the team at the end of August.
Ben added: “As a passionate advocate for the arts and culture and for genuine co-creative practice within it, I feel a close affinity to Flux’s mission to develop cultural democracy and broaden access to high quality art and culture.”
Ben joined the team in July.