CultureLink enjoys the cooperation of its international associates, further widening its access to global contacts, knowledge,and information, and facilitating project management on international fronts.
Business of Culture
Business of Culture was founded in 2003 as an independent, specialist, service consultancy to the cultural and creative industries, covering project and business development, strategy, marketing and research across all the arts, design, heritage, media, museums, and entertainment fields. It has also developed expertise in cultural planning, culture led regeneration and the cultural and social element of sustainable communities and place making. From its base in London, BoC work throughout the UK and internationally. We are renowned for our creative and evidence based solutions to our clients’ challenges and for working closely with them to understand their aspirations.
Graeme is a founder Director of Business of Culture. He is a former director of proArts consulting and of the pan European design and planning practice, DEGW, in London and Milan. He remains a founder shareholder in an innovative start-up company, Smartslab. He has extensive experience in the development of cultural, arts and heritage projects and leads for the company on cultural planning, business and organisational development and capital projects. Graeme was one of the first assessor / advisers appointed by ACE and Heritage Lottery Funds and he has been adviser to local, regional and international organisations including DCMS and the British Council. Currently he is directing the stabilisation and development of the Africa Centre in Covent Garden and advising several local authorities and independent cultural organisations on mergers,transition, and asset and income diversity. He was the leading enabler for CABE on arts and culture projects including being part of their Thames Gateway ‘think tank’. Graeme was educated at Humberside and Cambridge Universities and is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the RIBA.
Festivals and Events International
FEI is a UK-based organization that provides advice and project management for festivals, public events, the performing arts and venues worldwide. CultureLink is also an Associate Director at FEI, joining other international associates from around the world who have many years experience of organising and leading some of the world’s great festivals and venues and all have held senior positions in their respective fields.
Nick was Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival from 2000 to 2008 where he was responsible for the artistic and commercial operation of both the annual Festival and the year round venues. He is also past Chairman of the British Arts Festivals Association, and previously the Administrative Director of the Edinburgh International Festival working with Festival Directors Frank Dunlop and Brian McMaster. He was responsible for its financial, legal and operational success between 1990 and 2000. Over this time the Festival grew considerably and Nick established the Hub – Edinburgh’s Festival Centre – a highly successful Lottery funded project, which was opened by HM the Queen in July 1999.
Nick has recently completed an assignment to LOCOG helping to deliver the final year of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival – the largest UK-wide festival ever staged.