University of Lincoln – Project Director 1215.today 1215 to present
Overseeing an online virtual house of culture where young people from across the world can discover, debate and create art whilst exploring human rights and the legacy of Magna Carta http://1215today. The project continues until November 2017 culminating in an artistic commission marking 800 years since The Charter of the Forest.
Overseeing Lincoln Voices Artist Residency programme for City of Lincoln and University of Lincoln.
Victoria and Albert Museum 2007 – present
ArtProjects and Solutions have used their knowledge and global network to work with the Victoria and Albert Museum in developing The Jameel Prize, a coveted international award for artists who reference Islamic traditional art and craft in their work. The Jameel Prize is awarded every second year in the context of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition then tours internationally. www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/jameel-prize/ The fourth Jameel Prize will open in Spring 2016.
The V&A in partnership with ArtJameel and co-ordinated by ArtProjects and Solutions will launch a new initiative later in 2015.
Museums Association 2014 – present
Assigned coach for participants on the Transformers Leadership programme.
Lincoln Cultural Arts Partnership 2014-2015
Appointed Magna Carta Creative Programme Co-ordinator to work with and support strategic and cultural partners in Lincoln and nationally in devising and delivering an ambitious programme of events around Magna Carta and The Charter of the Forest anniversaries.
Creative Somerset 2012 and 2015
Ann evaluated Creative Somerset’s performance against its GfA programme 14/15. In 2012 she evaluated a series of cross disciplinary participatory arts events that saw several Somerset organisations collaborate for the first time. The projects were part of the Jubilee and Olympiad celebrations and involved young adults, emerging leaders and early years participants, the projects were evaluated for the strength of collaborative practice and quality of opportunities afforded.
Contemporary Glass Society and International Festival for Glass 2013-2014
Undertaking research funded through Catalyst into ways in which both organisations can strengthen their business models.
Visual Arts South West Network 2013
Undertook research into the feasibility of holding a sustainable and ambitious visual arts event in the South West of England. The research resulted in recommendations for a capacity development programme using innovative digital tools.
Qatar Museums Authority 2012/13
ArtProjects and Solutions undertook the development of an artist residency programme for a new museum in Doha. APS scoped potential artists able to undertake a residency and deliver a site-specific commission.
Norske Kunsthandwerke 2010 – 13
Ann has worked with Norske Kunsthandverke since 2010 on curating and delivering conferences exploring issues relating to contemporary crafts. In 2010 the conference looked at Craft and National Identity; in May 2012 Museum of Skills and in 1213 Craft and Social Change.
The speakers were of an extraordinarily high standard, with fascinating content to their talks.
The mix of attendees was excellent, and I had some very fruitful conversations. The fact that the event was free of charge was fantastic – thank you for organising such an inspiring day
Turning Point South West 2012
Ann has been working with Turning Point South West in delivering mentoring to organisations looking to work collaboratively with others.
“The mentor was very good at coming back all the time to the question you are avoiding without realising it.” Studio Manager
“We have been on a long journey. What was useful is that the mentor took us back to basics.” Reveal Somerset
Double Elephant Print Workshop 2008-12
ArtProjects and Solutions have delivered a variety of contracts for this dynamic printworkshop including organizational development, a board away day and latterly a training day on how to be a mentor.
ArtProjects and Solutions have delivered many contracts for The Arts Council England below is a list of those contracts in chronological order
The Arts Council England (National) 2008-11
Forming Ideas was a professional development programme devised and delivered by an ArtProjects and Solutions team for Arts Council England’s national craft strategy. The programme broadened and strengthened debate around contemporary craft practice and helped establish new national and international networks.
The programme offered curators of craft and visual arts international research opportunities in Cairo, all five Nordic countries and Brazil. Curators were then asked to disseminate their research findings with peers through debating events. Information about the visits and subsequent debates can be found on the programme’s dedicated website www.formingideas.co.uk
Arts Council England (South West) 2010
Ann worked as part of a team of researches with Audiences South West to scope opportunities for and the needs of the visual arts sector in the South West (in the context of Arts Council England’s Turning Point strategy).
Arts Council England (South West) 2007-2009
ArtProjects and Solutions collaborated with Kurator.org Curatorial Network in the delivery of a professional development programme for curators living and working in the South West of England. The programme included incoming international residencies for curators, seminars, outgoing international group research visits and an interactive website.
Arts Council England (National) 2007
ArtProjets and Solutions was commissioned to research into the feasibility of a three- year programme to build capacity and strengthen curatorial practice in contemporary craft. Following research and needs analysis a programme was be designed to include curatorial research residencies, outward international research visits, seminars and networking opportunities, this became Forming Ideas.
Arts Council England (North West and West Midlands) 2006
Ann was commissioned to research, plan and deliver a research visit to Japan for curators of design and craft. The visit included 100% Design Tokyo and visits to makers, designers and curators in Tokyo, Kanazawa and Kyoto.
Arts Council England (London) 2006
Commissioned to research, plan and deliver a research visit to compare the contemporary arts sector in London with that of New York. The programme was designed by Ann for the first cohort of the Inspire Programme and offered Fellows an opportunity to network and meet leading individuals of the New York arts sector.
Arts Council England (National) and British Council China 2006
ArtProjects and Solutions was commissioned to evaluate the financial and operational performance of the UK/China Artists Links 2002-2006.
Arts Council England (Yorkshire, North East and North West) 2002-5
Ann was commissioned to research, plan and deliver international research visits for curators across the Greater North region. Visits included going to the Czech Republic to research the application of glass in studio glass, contemporary art and work for the public realm; a visit to the Venice Biennale and a 15 day visit to China to include the Guangzhou Triennale, Beijing and Shanghai.
Bridgwater Arts Centre 2011
Ann designed and led a visioning and action planning workshop with staff and board.
The Poetry School 2011
Ann designed and facilitated visioning and planning days for projects delivered by Poetry School staff and freelance poets.
Somerset Arts Promoters 2010
Ann undertook an observational evaluation of collaborative working practice across sixteen arts organisations in Somerset.
Bacardi Global Brands 2001-2010
APS was the consultant advisor in establishing the Bombay Sapphire Foundation and Academie Noilly Prat and delivering the associated initiatives. The Bombay Sapphire Foundation ran a high profile campaign between 2001-2009 including the annual £25k Bombay Sapphire Prize. Between 2008 and 2010 Noilly Pratt ran an international competition for emerging sculptors working with natural materials and offering a commission worth 30,000 Euros. Between 2008-10 two site specific works were created for the brand’s headquarters in the south of France.
Groundwork South West 2010
Ann undertook the evaluation of Groundwork South West’s Arts Programme to assess how well its activities met the strategic objectives of the programme. The report presented qualitative and quantitative data, observations and recommendations.
Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2008-10
ArtProjects and Solutions advsed Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival on transition to an independent company, this included conducting group and individual one to one consultations with key individuals and recommending a range of organisational options. Further work was carried out for the recruitment of an Artistic Curator/Director.
Creative Industries Network 2008
ArtProjects and Solutions designed and delivered a visioning day for the staff and board.
Derby Quad 2008
ArtProjects and Solutions worked with Derby Quad’s on the development of its board within a context of management change. We worked on system modelling and visioning through to board recruitment.
The British Council China 2006-8
Ann worked with the British Council China, advising them on the format and delivery of curatorial exchange visits that were part of their Connections through Culture programme.
The Works 2007/8
ArtProjects and Solutions facilitated sessions for The Works as part of a Creative Skills Council initative Safe Hands. APS worked with Swamp Circus Trust and the Bernard Leach Trust to build effective governance of each organisation.
Picture This 2007
ArtProjects and Solutions worked with Picture This staff and board on the delivery of a plan for the organisational growth and capital development. The work focussed on diversification of income and partnership building and the preparation of several major funding bids attracting £63k.
Sherborne House Trust 2007
The ArtProjects and Solutions team facilitated visioning and planning sessions with board and key staff, undertook a board skills audit and the developed of a route map to achieve the aims of the Sherborne House restoration project. APS also successfully submitted a £67k Grant for Arts application to support a two-year artistic and learning programme.
Spike Island Printmakers 2006-7
ArtProjects and Solutions with the Board and Director on the organizational development of the workshop that involved growing its membership, income generation and leadership succession.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2005-6
An ArtProjects and Solutions team implemented and managed the transfer of Creative Partnerships Phase II into the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The brief included negotiating the funding agreement with ACE East, working with the festival on re-structuring its staff and setting out terms of reference for a new board of Trustees.
Northlands Creative Glass 2005
ArtProjects and Solutions undertook a funding feasibility study for North Lands Creative Glass which underpinned their ten year strategy. The study explored the core funding base and development of new revenue, project and capital funding and investment strategies. The study proposed and costed a new organisational structure and all recommendations were implemented and the organisation received 70% uplift in revenue funding
The National Glass Centre2004
ArtProjects and Solutions conducted a feasibility study for the National Glass Centre into the development of their exhibition spaces and programme and provided a fully researched funding strategy
The National Glass Centre 2001-3
Ann Jones was Associate Creative Director at the National Glass Centre between 2001 and 2003 during which she expanded the exhibitions programme into contemporary art and design, established international working partnerships and residencies and touring partners.
Visiting Arts 2000-5
Ann Jones was Associate Head of Visual Arts at Visiting Arts from 2000, a post she shared with APS Associate camilla canellas. Over this time they designed and delivered international professional development programmes for artists and arts managers, alongside awarding funding support to organisations in the UK bringing international work to British audiences. Ann and Camilla initiated and ran management projects and research visits in Cuba, Colombia, Russian Federation, Middle East and Iran, China and across Europe.
The British Museum 2000
Ann advised on establishing a central Exhibitions Department for the Museum and worked on the development of touring exhibitions.