Rebecca Blackwood founded Of Many Circles, a creative team working to transform places, communities and people. She is a cultural strategist and curator delivering transformative projects from Lincoln to London, the USA and the Middle East.
Rebecca is a board member of Arts Council England funded Primary an artist-led space that supports creative research through artist studios, residencies, public exhibitions and events as well as an Advisory Board member of The Attenborough Arts Centre (University of Leicester). She was Executive Director for Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence 3-year funded Mansions of the Future in Lincoln.
Rebecca advised collaborating organisations on their campaign to raise the profile of renowned artist commissions during the London 2012 Olympics and was instrumental in securing the funding and commissioning for Hull City of Culture 2017’s of Linda Brothwell’s Tool Appreciation Society as well as securing the commissioning of BBC
Four’s Handmade in Hull documentary. She has advised upon strategies for the Mayor of London (Fourth Plinth Commissioning Model) and the British Council (Maker Library Network).
She has been commissioned by Arts Council England (her advisory work has encompassed Turning Point – a 10-year strategy for the Visual Arts, Artist Insights – a pioneering programme of artist residences in corporate settings and Arts Council England’s 60th anniversary campaign), the V&A Museum (advising the board, director and architect during its Exhibition Road renovation project), the Royal Academy of Arts (on numerous strategic and capital developments and exhibitions). She has also devised audience development and other strategic projects for Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, National Museums Scotland, British Museum, National Poetry Day, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Rebecca has devised creative approaches to regeneration developing strategies, arts centres and workspaces, programmes, artist commissions, exhibitions and products on behalf of local authorities, housing associations, non-departmental government bodies and regional regeneration agencies. She has worked with many leading visual artists, film makers, sculptors, and actors including Bonnie Wright, Sean Bean, Samantha Morton, Juliet Stevenson, Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and Laure Prouvost.
Rebecca has advised on a number of significant cultural and corporate partnerships including Waitrose and National Poetry, the BBC and National Poetry Day, Sainsbury’s and Arts Council England, the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a wide range of corporate partners. Rebecca was formerly a corporate advisor to FTSE100, 250 and Fortune 500 companies. She has led campaigns to grow organisations by IPO, share issues and mergers and acquisitions.
Through stories we learn, entertain, communicate and socialise with each other. A story always leaves you feeling something.
– Rebecca Blackwood