Hi, I’m Lisa.
I live in Leicester at the minute with my partner and two young kids. I have worked in the arts for 2 years and have worked with non-profit organisations for the last 11 years. I am passionate about the arts and social change. I want to make a difference in what I do.
The first thing we did when we found out we were having a baby was buy and renovate a camper van. We have been travelling to festivals and going on adventures in that van ever since. I really love live music and performance art and love taking my kids to experience these too.
I am a massive feminist and believe strongly in equality and addressing privilege. I am teaching my two young daughters the power of their voice on a daily basis (which often bites me in the bum). I really want to use the arts to support social change, inspire people, and bring communities together.
I think that one of the art experiences that had the biggest impact on me was when I visited Amsterdam with university and saw a social housing project which used multiple architects to design beautiful individual housing. They also commissioned a piece of public art that showed a giant stack of chairs with real beehives on top to represent the social housing and the importance of working together and community. I’m from a council estate and a one parent/low income family. I was in my 20’s at the time and it was the first time I’d got the feeling that these people mattered to a government. We all matter and we all deserve beautiful, loving homes, art, and culture.
I’m really excited to be joining such an amazing team at Live & Local.
What was your favourite live event or a memorable live event that you attended?
I remember the first time I went to Glastonbury Festival in 2001. I’ve always loved live music, adventure, performing arts, meeting new people and exploring. This seemed to combine everything! I was in awe and I’ve been almost every year since. My eldest daughter went for the first time when she was one year old and my youngest daughter went at 9 months... she crawled for the first time at Glastonbury!
Do you have any podcast recommendations?
Modern Love. I like the TV series but the podcast is good too.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I once had a dream I went on a date with Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, Never mind the Buzzcocks) and then the following week I surprisingly met him at a gig. I thought it was fate and we were meant to be... needless to say, that didn’t work out as originally expected.
What is a positive that you’re taking away from the past two years?
You are stronger than you think.
What are your favourite aspects of rural life?
The slower pace and the proximity to nature.
What do you enjoy most about working in the arts?
The thing I enjoy most about working in the arts is being able to support social change and inspire communities. I love how the arts can bring people together and create change.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a vet from quite an early age right up until A-Levels. I studied Biology, Chemistry and Maths for A-Levels and got as far as completing a year’s worth of modules. I then made a switch and decided to do a HND in Events Management and then a degree in Arts management! Bit of a change. Now, age 43, I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up... still thinking about it.
Who is your hero?
At the minute, a few feminist women on social media spreading the word of the mental load and domestic labour (Eve Rodsky, Laura Danger). Also, my partner Caspian is my hero... taking on parenting with me and helping us have an adventurous life.
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