Moving forwards with those around us – Martin Russell


In this breakout session we will explore the notion of engaging the community as producers and makers and what this means for our practice. The interactive session will reframe our current understanding of community alongside Let’s Create, the new Arts Council strategy and the Durham Commission findings. We’ll consider how we might recontextualise the future of community engagement in thinking about Industry 4.0 and the post COVID landscape.

Before attending the session there is a Padlet for thoughts and discussion points. Please access

The password is: Mercury2021

Martin Russell

Martin Russell has been involved in the strategic development of arts and creativity in education for almost 20 years across London and the Eastern Region. Currently he is the Culture and Wellbeing Lead for Education in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham overseeing the Cultural Education Partnership, School Games and Health Youth Work. He also is chair of a regional music hub and deputy chair of a national charity Upstart Projects.

Having started his career as a visual artist with an MA from Goldsmiths College he went on to teach art and design before moving into gallery education and HE. He has worked with the Royal Opera House, Trinity College London and as a freelance project manager.

Martin spent four years as the head of creative learning and talent at the Mercury Theatre. Of particular interest for him is making the Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries accessible to the most underrepresented groups, ensuring that the skills and knowledge embedded in ‘talent pipelines’ is relevant for Industry 4.0 and the adoption of digital practices as a means of production as well as receiving art forms.


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