Nicola WinstanleyNicola has worked in the West Midlands as a participatory artist and producer since 2009. She has headed up large participatory public art projects and advised on strategic arts programmes, as well as leading on creative consultation and evaluation for arts and heritage organisations, such as the Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places Programme and the UK Historic Buildings Preservation Trust. She is also a keen volunteer, acting as Secretary and general volunteer for the Friends of Spode Rose Garden - a voluntary group that maintains and programmes creative public events in a community garden in her home town of Stoke.

As Voluntary Arts Development Officer for the West Midlands, Nicola is passionate about supporting the everyday creativity that happens in her region and is keen to promote the contribution that creativity makes to the lives of individuals, communities and societies. Nicola will be working to get people involved in national festivals of creativity such as Get Creative and Age of Creativity, to showcase and celebrate the incredible creative work that is already happening across the West Midlands, and to encourage more people to try something new, meet new people and learn new creative skills.