ABOUT LAURA H DRANE ASSOCIATES
LHDA is lead by Laura Drane, an arts and cultural producer, consultant and project manager, based in Cardiff and working across the UK. Having started her own business in 2002, she has worked on a wide variety of projects across artforms and sectors; contracts have included programme development/ delivery, feasibility, research, consultation and evaluation. 
The business as it now stands is rooted in Laura’s experience, skills and ethos, and along with various associates (specified for each contract as required). The aim is to help every client and each project to flourish and achieve their potential. 
Current and previous clients include:
The Cardiff Orchestral Consortium on behalf of RWCMD and partners 
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic www.liverpoolphil.com
Nesta’s Digital R&D Fund in Wales www.nesta.org.uk/project/digital-rd-fund-arts-wales 
Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk 
National Skills Academy (CC Skills) www.nsa-ccskills.co.uk 
Manchester Science Festival www.manchestersciencefestival.co.uk 
Voluntary Arts Network www.voluntaryarts.org
Manchester International Festival www.mif.co.uk
National Museums Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
Welsh National Opera www.wno.org.uk
Festival No. 6 www.festivalnumber6.com
BBC Performing Arts Fund www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund

ABOUT LAURA H DRANE ASSOCIATES

LHDA is lead by Laura Drane, an arts and cultural producer, consultant and project manager, based in Cardiff and working across the UK. Having started her own business in 2002, she has worked on a wide variety of projects across artforms and sectors; contracts have included programme development/ delivery, feasibility, research, consultation and evaluation.

The business as it now stands is rooted in Laura’s experience, skills and ethos, and along with various associates (specified for each contract as required). The aim is to help every client and each project to flourish and achieve their potential. 

Current and previous clients include:

KEY SKILLS AND QUALITIES
Works flexibility and creatively, especially when under pressure
Capacity to both lead, and be part of, teams, with confidence to use own initiative
Experienced in building partnerships and working with stakeholders
Dedicated, enthusiastic and professional, with excellent communication skills
TRAINING
EFA Atelier for Festival Managers (April 2014)
Clore Leadership Short Course (summer 2011)
So You Wanna Be A Producer? Intensive course - SOLT, TMA and Stage One (2004)
Attended numerous conferences, training events and courses covering: communication skills; marketing; tour booking and production; time and deadline management; fundraising; cultural entitlement; child protection; disability, diversity and race equality; sector-specific events (eg engage conference, BA Festival of Science, UnConvention).
OTHER INFORMATION
£5m public liability cover
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) www.thersa.org
Advisory board member for UnConvention www.unconventionhub.org
Board member for www.theatriolo.com 
Continue to seek other opportunities to use my skills and experience in a voluntary capacity
References and testimonials available on request

KEY SKILLS AND QUALITIES

  • Works flexibility and creatively, especially when under pressure
  • Capacity to both lead, and be part of, teams, with confidence to use own initiative
  • Experienced in building partnerships and working with stakeholders
  • Dedicated, enthusiastic and professional, with excellent communication skills

TRAINING

  • EFA Atelier for Festival Managers (April 2014)
  • Clore Leadership Short Course (summer 2011)
  • So You Wanna Be A Producer? Intensive course - SOLT, TMA and Stage One (2004)
  • Attended numerous conferences, training events and courses covering: communication skills; marketing; tour booking and production; time and deadline management; fundraising; cultural entitlement; child protection; disability, diversity and race equality; sector-specific events (eg engage conference, BA Festival of Science, UnConvention).

OTHER INFORMATION

  • £5m public liability cover
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) www.thersa.org
  • Advisory board member for UnConvention www.unconventionhub.org
  • Board member for www.theatriolo.com 
  • Continue to seek other opportunities to use my skills and experience in a voluntary capacity
  • References and testimonials available on request
SERVICES AND SKILLS
We are high level generalists and specialists offering services in:
Project development, delivery and management
Events and festivals of every scale and size
Producing
Facilitation 
Public engagement
Evaluation and research
Sector-specifics, including festivals, music, theatre
Training
Arts administration
We work across the arts and cultural sectors, and in all artforms and subsectors (eg creative learning, public engagement, voluntary/ third sector).
We have also developed a highly effective and tried-and-tested bid-writing workshop over the last few years, that has been delivered to libraries staff, music educators, voluntary group members and boards of trustees. Previous organisations that have hosted one have included The British Science Association, The RSA, Federation of Music Services, Clore Leadership short course, Omniversity/ Madlab, Paritor, Welsh Music Foundation, and MusicLeader. It can be run as a full day session, or reduced down to anything like a ‘masterclass’ of an hour and half, and it comes with a handout/ resource and information sheet. If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about availability and costs, please do get in touch.

SERVICES AND SKILLS

We are high level generalists and specialists offering services in:

  • Project development, delivery and management
  • Events and festivals of every scale and size
  • Producing
  • Facilitation 
  • Public engagement
  • Evaluation and research
  • Sector-specifics, including festivals, music, theatre
  • Training
  • Arts administration

We work across the arts and cultural sectors, and in all artforms and subsectors (eg creative learning, public engagement, voluntary/ third sector).

We have also developed a highly effective and tried-and-tested bid-writing workshop over the last few years, that has been delivered to libraries staff, music educators, voluntary group members and boards of trustees. Previous organisations that have hosted one have included The British Science Association, The RSA, Federation of Music Services, Clore Leadership short course, Omniversity/ Madlab, Paritor, Welsh Music Foundation, and MusicLeader. It can be run as a full day session, or reduced down to anything like a ‘masterclass’ of an hour and half, and it comes with a handout/ resource and information sheet. If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about availability and costs, please do get in touch.

CURRENTLY WORKING ON:
Orchestral Consortium of partners based in and around Cardiff including Royal Welsh College, Wales Millennium Centre, WNO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, St David’s Hal and Sinfonia Cymru.
Welsh National Opera, creating and delivering a three year evaluation framework for a community project in Wrexham
The Artists Fund, one of the ACE funded Catalyst consortia
Amazed By Science, a new science festival for Cheshire, initiated by Jodrell Bank and Marketing Cheshire
Various pieces of facilitation, including for University of South Wales/ AHRC and Nesta’s Digital R&D Fund in Wales  
Producing Wonders of The Universe by Karol Cysewski at Edinburgh Fringe this summer: http://artswales.org.uk/65470
Several of our own production ideas, including a youth opera, and a flyposting project with Micah Purnell
Laura has also recently had an article published in Arts Professional about the value of using freelancers as cost-effective and flexible options for arts and cultural organisations - http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/view.cfm?issue=239&id=5766
We have also developed a highly effective and tried-and-tested bid-writing workshop over the last few years, that has been delivered to libraries staff, music educators, voluntary group members and boards of trustees. Previous organisations that have hosted one have included The British Science Association, The RSA, Federation of Music Services, Clore Leadership short course, Omniversity/ Madlab, Paritor, Welsh Music Foundation, and MusicLeader. It can be run as a full day session, or reduced down to anything like a ‘masterclass’ of an hour and half, and it comes with a handout/ resource and information sheet. If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about availability and costs, please do get in touch.

CURRENTLY WORKING ON:

  • Orchestral Consortium of partners based in and around Cardiff including Royal Welsh College, Wales Millennium Centre, WNO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, St David’s Hal and Sinfonia Cymru.
  • Welsh National Opera, creating and delivering a three year evaluation framework for a community project in Wrexham
  • The Artists Fund, one of the ACE funded Catalyst consortia
  • Amazed By Science, a new science festival for Cheshire, initiated by Jodrell Bank and Marketing Cheshire
  • Various pieces of facilitation, including for University of South Wales/ AHRC and Nesta’s Digital R&D Fund in Wales  
  • Producing Wonders of The Universe by Karol Cysewski at Edinburgh Fringe this summer: http://artswales.org.uk/65470
  • Several of our own production ideas, including a youth opera, and a flyposting project with Micah Purnell

Laura has also recently had an article published in Arts Professional about the value of using freelancers as cost-effective and flexible options for arts and cultural organisations - http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/view.cfm?issue=239&id=5766

We have also developed a highly effective and tried-and-tested bid-writing workshop over the last few years, that has been delivered to libraries staff, music educators, voluntary group members and boards of trustees. Previous organisations that have hosted one have included The British Science Association, The RSA, Federation of Music Services, Clore Leadership short course, Omniversity/ Madlab, Paritor, Welsh Music Foundation, and MusicLeader. It can be run as a full day session, or reduced down to anything like a ‘masterclass’ of an hour and half, and it comes with a handout/ resource and information sheet. If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about availability and costs, please do get in touch.

OUR OWN PRODUCTIONS
In addition to working on projects and programmes for clients and collaborators, we also think we have the odd viable idea ourselves for artistic interventions and creations. As such, we work to develop ideas that grab us, that exist in the public sphere, and that connects us to audiences.
Current and recent productions that are in development or have been delivered include:
Reclaiming advertising space with Micah Purnell - this is an ongoing relationship to support Micah’s burgeoning body of work. We now have a grant from Arts Council of Wales to run a project called, Cardiff Streetside. In the past, Micah has undertaken a Cornerhouse microcommission grant to reclaim advertising space for free thinking and creativity
World Book Night giveaways in 2011, 2012 and 2013 - including: Life of Pi by Yann Martel at a promo event at Nexus Art Cafe alongside the start of a new book group; and, Rose Tremain’s The Road Home, parcelled up as airmail packages and distributed in Cardiff Bay
A teen opera based on a Greek myth, with a biomedical slant
A stage/screen interaction production
An interactive art installation and trail based on concepts of hunger and thirst

OUR OWN PRODUCTIONS

In addition to working on projects and programmes for clients and collaborators, we also think we have the odd viable idea ourselves for artistic interventions and creations. As such, we work to develop ideas that grab us, that exist in the public sphere, and that connects us to audiences.

Current and recent productions that are in development or have been delivered include:

  • Reclaiming advertising space with Micah Purnell - this is an ongoing relationship to support Micah’s burgeoning body of work. We now have a grant from Arts Council of Wales to run a project called, Cardiff Streetside. In the past, Micah has undertaken a Cornerhouse microcommission grant to reclaim advertising space for free thinking and creativity
  • World Book Night giveaways in 2011, 2012 and 2013 - including: Life of Pi by Yann Martel at a promo event at Nexus Art Cafe alongside the start of a new book group; and, Rose Tremain’s The Road Home, parcelled up as airmail packages and distributed in Cardiff Bay
  • A teen opera based on a Greek myth, with a biomedical slant
  • A stage/screen interaction production
  • An interactive art installation and trail based on concepts of hunger and thirst
THE ASSOCIATES
Each and every project and client is different; being the way we are, we are able to tailor our offer to your needs. Associates are tried and trusted people whose skills and experience as specialists and high-level generalists means they deliver every time.
Expertise required might include marketing, branding, project or event support, arts admin, evaluation, research, as well as artform/ sector specialist knowledge and experience (eg music or education).
Associates we have worked with regularly in the past and will do again in the future include, but aren’t limited to:
Sally Fort www.sallyfort.com
Sara Teiger www.stpr.co.uk
Tekin Suleyman www.tekin.co.uk
Nadine Andrews www.cultureprobe.co.uk
Helen and Andrew Palmer www.palmersquared.co.uk
Bruce Stanley (who did our current brand identity) www.embody.co.uk
Emma Cunliffe
Fiona Goh

THE ASSOCIATES

Each and every project and client is different; being the way we are, we are able to tailor our offer to your needs. Associates are tried and trusted people whose skills and experience as specialists and high-level generalists means they deliver every time.

Expertise required might include marketing, branding, project or event support, arts admin, evaluation, research, as well as artform/ sector specialist knowledge and experience (eg music or education).

Associates we have worked with regularly in the past and will do again in the future include, but aren’t limited to:

Producer/ director

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF CONTRACTS

A Place For The Producers - producers network in south Wales (current)

Amazed By Science – commissioned to produce new annual event with Marketing Cheshire and Jodrell Bank (current)

Volcano Theatre – producing UK tour for Alice in Wonderland; and LOVE at Edinburgh Fringe (2013)

Cornerhouse Microcommission - working with Micah Purnell (Jan 11)

Unknown Pleasures festival – feasibility, and subsequent programming (July 09 – Aug 10)

Walking With Robots – festival director for UK’s first robotics festival (May – Nov 09)

Manchester Science Festival 2007 and 2008 – Director of large-scale, high-profile festival promoting science, engineering and technology across the Greater Manchester city-region (Jan 07 – Feb 09)

www.GetIntoTheatre.org for Arts Council England – developing an information, advice and guidance website for young people interested in backstage theatre careers; now hosted by National Skills Academy/ CC Skills (Feb 07 – Dec 09)

Step Up for The Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust, 2003-06 – Festival Director – co-ordinating and managing this annual NW-regional, mixed-artform, multi-venue schools arts festival (Jan 03 – Aug 06)

Lost Voices – Producer – tour of new play by Fraser Grace (Feb – June 03)

All My Sons by Arthur Miller – Producer - Bedlam Theatre and NSDF/ NSTC (1999)

Consultant

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF CONTRACTS

The Artists’ Fund – consultancy around capacity building for Catalyst funded consortium (current)

Orchestral Consortium – two year pilot, working with partners (inc WMC, WNO, BBC NOW, St David’s Hall, Philharmonia, Sinfonia Cymru, RWCMD, music services) to build and diversify audiences and improve cross-sectoral working practices (Feb 13 – present)

In Place of War/ Un-Convention – bidwriting support for engagement through UK music festivals (Mar 13)

Festival No.6 – bid-writing support to Welsh Major Events Unit, and economic impact calculation (Dec 12)

WNO MAX – departmental refocusing working closely with stakeholders, WNO SMT and board (Sept 12)

Live from Jodrell Bank – programming of the science engagement elements (Jan – June 12)

National Plan for Music Education – bid-writing support for several organisations (Nov 11 – Feb 12)

Voluntary Arts Network – work around Creative People and Places (Jan – Mar 12); feasibility for a national helpline (Feb 11); consultancy work for CEO (Jan 10); and proposal writing relating to Our Creative Talent research report (Jan - Feb 09)

National Museums Liverpool – work with the Education, Communities and Visitors department (Oct 10 – present)

Manchester Histories Festival – scoping and feasibility work on the 2012 event (Dec 10 – Mar 11)

Voluntary Arts Network – consultancy work for CEO (Jan 10); and proposal writing relating to Our Creative Talent research report (Jan - Feb 09)

Manchester City Council – pilot cultural entitlement project in North Manchester (Feb – Jan 10)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic – consultation on adult voluntary music-making (Jan – Feb 09)

GMMAZ – consultancy work supporting the organisation’s fundraising (May – Nov 08)

National Singing Programme – wrote tender submission for consortium of partners including Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Federation of Music Services, Music for Youth, and others (June 07)

DF Concerts – writing a feasibility study and funding pitch for one of Scotland’s leading live music promoters for the brand new Connect Festival at Inveraray (July 06)

Manchester International Festival/ Step Up – consultancy/ development work – creating a strategy for potentially linking both festivals in 2007 (Apr - May 06)

Arts Council England, North West young people’s strategy consultation – planning and delivering consultation session with arts and youth sectors across the NW, and subsequent report (Jan – Mar 06)

The Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust Statement of Scope and Activity – researching and writing a statement of scope and activity for the Hall’s CET (Sept 04 – Oct 05)

Project and event manager

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF CONTRACTS

Chester Mystery Plays - devising and delivering a public engagement programme for an HLF-funded project (Mar 11 - present)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic – delivery of support for community choirs (Sept 09 – Dec 10)

Voluntary Arts England – three month cover for England Co-ordinator role (Oct – Dec 09)

Mesh: CPD for heritage professionals – as part of the Northern Edge programme, with The University of Hull, devising and creating a bespoke training programme (Nov 07 – Apr 08)

Making Music – range of projects and events for voluntary and amateur music groups across NW England (Aug 02 – Apr 07)

Catalyst: EU “Cultural Entitlement” Policy Conference 2005 – Facilities management and resources researching, for major European policy conference, for Arts Council England, NW (Aug 03 – Oct 05)

Chorlton Arts Festival 2004 and 2005 – Arts admin and operational support (Jan 04 – June 05)

Rupert Griffiths/ futuresonic04 – funding application/ project management (Feb 04)

Rupert Griffiths/ Whitworth Art Gallery – funding applications and project management for installation of public artwork through transport-provider GMPTE (Feb 03 – Apr 04)

Arts About Manchester – managed launch event for “What in the World?” comic (Nov 02)

New Breed Theatre Company - The Irish Giant - admin and production support for a NW regional tour of a new work by award-winning disabled people’s theatre company (Aug - Dec 02)

Researcher and evaluator

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF CONTRACTS

Welsh National Opera – three year evaluation of community project in Wrexham (Aug 11 – present)

Manchester Art Gallery – review of English Corner project (Sep 10 – Jan 11); evaluation for the Reading Voyager library bus (Feb – May 08); evaluation of three community projects/ Kylie show (May – Sept 07)

BBC Philharmonic/ Jodrell Bank/ Salford University – evaluation of “Wonder” (Oct – Dec 09)

Find Your Talent Liverpool – pilot project research/ evaluation (Jan – Aug 09)

Chethams’ Early Years Music – creation and delivery of evaluation strategy (Nov 08 – May 09)

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s Education Programme Evaluation 2003-2005 – Evaluation and report-writing for hcmf’s education programme (Oct 03– Aug 06)

Misc. - trainer, bidwriter, etc

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF CONTRACTS

EU culture/ third country co-operation bid - on behalf of partners in UK, Holland, France and Australia (2013)

BBC Performing Arts Fund - assessor (2013)

Federation of Music Services - developing and delivering seven UK-wide training sessions on bid writing (Apr - Aug 11)

Manchester Metropolitan University seminar as part of the ‘Contemporary Arts and Cultural Enterprise’ MA course – session on funding and fundraising (May 06)

Target Training – panel member for cultural and creative industries sessions (occasional)

Arts Council England North West Positive Action Trainee programme – How To Be A Freelancer – information/ training session for PAT trainees about being a freelancer (May 05)

DF Concerts - writing a feasibility study for Scotland’s leading promoter, for the new Connect festival at Inveraray (July 06)

Misc. fundraising contracts - 24:7 Theatre Festival, Cultural Fusion/ LYAP, artsplayground, Performing Arts Academy, and others

Projects I’ve directed/ produced have all included bid-writing and fundraising, everything from £500 to £100,000

We have also developed a highly effective and tried-and-tested bid-writing workshop over the last few years, that has been delivered to libraries staff, music educators, voluntary group members and boards of trustees. Previous organisations that have hosted one have included The British Science Association, Federation of Music Services, Clore Leadership short course, Omniversity/ Madlab, Paritor, Welsh Music Foundation, and MusicLeader. It can be run as a full day session, or reduced down to anything like a ‘masterclass’ of an hour and half, and it comes with a handout/ resource and information sheet. If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about availability and costs, please do get in touch.

Facilitator

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF CONTRACTS

University of South Wales - breakout session at AHRC Creative Economy Showcase (current)

Digital R&D Fund in Wales (2013)

Jazz North – facilitation for new Catalyst funded board (2013)

Us & Them – a new national campaign around engagement in the arts/ ArtsProfessional (current)

NYMAZ – work with the local music education hub around partnerships (Mar-June 13)

SW Federation of Music Services conference – session on KPIs for ACE music hubs (Dec 12)

Manchester Jazz Festival – staff/ board meeting (Dec 11)

Artsnet – network meeting facilitation (Sep 10)

Sefton Music Services – organisational staff meeting facilitation (May – Dec 09; Apr 11)

Sound Sense – board and business advisers meeting facilitation (Mar 09)

Voluntary Arts Network – internal staff meeting facilitation plus reporting (Feb 08 - Feb 09)

Trained with Rivca Rubin

Amazed By Science - a new festival for Cheshire

Produced by LHDA, with Marketing Cheshire and Jodrell Bank

NB - click on the heading above to see the website

Get Into Theatre - a project we developed and delivered

A unique site we built for Arts Council England (now in its third iteration and operated by CCSkills/ NSA) which offers information, advice and guidance to young people aged 14-24 about back-stage and off-stage careers in theatre.

NB click the heading above to see the site as it is now [not our design work, though ours is shown below in the image capture]

GetIntoTheatre.org previous design

Please be in touch if you would like to explore collaborating or contracting us to work with you.
The best email address is l.drane @ lauraHdrane.com
You can also find Laura on Twitter.


Legalese: Laura H Drane Associates Limited is registered in England as Company No. 7568755, c/o Beever & Struthers, St George’s House, 125 Chester Road, Manchester, M15 4JE

Please be in touch if you would like to explore collaborating or contracting us to work with you.

The best email address is l.drane @ lauraHdrane.com

You can also find Laura on Twitter.

Legalese: Laura H Drane Associates Limited is registered in England as Company No. 7568755, c/o Beever & Struthers, St George’s House, 125 Chester Road, Manchester, M15 4JE

Producer/ director
Consultant
Project and event manager
Researcher and evaluator
Misc. - trainer, bidwriter, etc
Facilitator

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Here you'll find news and updates on work with and for clients, as well as our own projects. Feel free to browse around, and do get in touch about your own project needs and ideas, or to ask anything additional about the things that are written up here.