Marian Downes

  • Director for rednile Projects Ltd since 2007
  • Present: Director of the event specialist company Blue Wire.
  • 2009 – 2010: Producer with Northern Lights Film Festival
  • 2009 – 2010: AV Festival Project Manager for the Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard event ‘Silent Sound’
  • 2009 – 2010: Production Manager on the 10 day Live Art festival Wunderbar
  • 2007 – 2008: Project Manager Enlightenment Festival a festival of public art installations from the UK and India
  • 2007 – 2008: Producer for the touring exhibition China Incidental
  • 2007 – 2008: Creative Producer for the Sunderland Aquatic Centre Launch Event
  • 2005 – 2006: Participation Producer for the flagship Enchanted Parks project A visual Theatre and Installation event commissioned by Cuture10
  • SHINE Festival (2006 and 2007) Festival Coordinator These festivals were part of a programme that aimed to bring newly commissioned art work to the North East
  • Project Officer with /slab a new-media curatorial research facility
  • Assistant Curator at the Reg Vardy Gallery
  • SEAS Partner/Consultant A pan-European project uniting artists around the Baltic and Adriatic seas.
  • D-Fuse Producer/Consultant London based international multi-disciplinary artists
  • 2005 – 2010: Event Manager with New York Productions an international PA and Production company working with artists such as the English Philharmonic Orchestra, Ronan Keating and BBC Music Live

To date I believe myself to have had a comprehensive career working within the cultural events and festivals forum producing a number of touring programmes and high profile projects spanning areas such as the installation of sculptural structures at World Heritage sites, vast mixed media presentations and film screenings in urban settings or ‘vogue balls’ in NCP car parks. And having worked extensively with national and international artists and arts organisations not only from a management point of view but also as an artistic partner, creative producer, curator and consultant.  I belief that I am well positioned to advise rednile on areas of event infrastructure and strategic planning with regard to the development of projects such as Factory Nights.

I share with rednile the wide-ranging database of knowledgeable contacts and trustworthy contractors that I have built up. And hope to be for them an advisor, sounding board and friend.

Sam Taylor

  • Director for rednile Projects Ltd since 2007
  • Present: Currently working towards a collaborative project with Suzanne Hutton at Sachaqa Centro Des Artes, Peru.
  • Present: Freelance project management and project evaluation for various arts organisations across North East
  • Nov 2008 – to present, Public Art and Design Assistant, Inspire Northumberland, a public art and design initiative working based throughout Northumberland, advising, advocating and delivering projects that are agreed as regeneration and development priorities.
  • Jan 2010 – to present: Working on Arts Award programme and arts development within SE Northumberland for Northumberland County Council.
  • Oct 2007-Oct 2008 – Assistant Officer, Resource Development, Arts Council England
  • Artist/Curator based within the region and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
  • 2008-09: Initiated and Curated a 10 month exhibition and event programme at The Cluny Gallery
  • 2008- Residency at Cyprus College of Art, Paphos
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and University of Sunderland with a BA Hons Fine Art and MA Fine Art in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

Sam’s work looks at the re-presenting and reinventing of materials as her core subject. Using materials for a purpose unrelated to their original intention, she creates ephemeral and changeable structures and drawings. Utilising locally sourced or readily available materials with a hands-on tactile approach is very important to her work.

Steve Wright

  • Supports his practice through work in the Visual Arts Department of Morley College, London, an adult education college. He also undertakes freelance commissions as an artist and writer.
  • Is a graduate of Wimbledon School of Art and Newcastle University: Master of Fine Art, 2001.
  • Has recently exhibited at Elysium Artspace and as part of Deptford X 2009. Forthcoming exhibition at the Morley Gallery, London in January 2010.

Steve returned to London in 2009 after ten years in Newcastle upon Tyne. He makes paintings that combine elements of observation and imagination to form highly individual images in which brightly coloured objects sit or float above the landscape. His drawings  have a bold, direct quality, favouring marker pens over more traditional materials. Current research interests include the architecture of the fairground and seaside.

Steve was appointed to rednile’s Board in 2007, soon afterwards showing in their Up to Now exhibition at the National Glass Centre. Maintaining a lifelong interest in architecture, he worked as artist on  projects with Mosedale Gillatt Architects in 2002 and has been an enthusiastic participant in rednile’s programme of Factory Nights.