Performing Arts

Chris Huxley

Senior Lecturer – Creative Events Management

BA Hons American Studies (University of Sussex); PG Certificate in Management (University of Exeter); Fellow of the HIgher Education Academy

Biography

Chris Huxley is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) degree programme specialising in event management and strategic planning.

Chris studied American Literature at the University of Sussex (including a stint on exchange at University of Massachusetts) before embarking on a twenty five year career in arts and event management.  This career has included senior management posts at Camden Festival, SouthbankCentre and Bridport Arts Centre. He has managed and overseen live events of every conceivable scale ranging from national celebrations of music to poetry readings in village halls.

Chris studied on the MBA programme at University of Exeter gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies (Management). He began his career in HE as a Visiting Tutor at Dartington College of Arts in 2001 and also taught on the MA Cultural Futures programme at University of Sussex.

He acted as External Examiner to the Creative Events Management BA (Hons) course at Falmouth University (2010 – 14) and is currently External Examiner to the BA (Hons) Music Business and Arts Management degree at Middlesex University.

Chris is a trained Action Learning Facilitator with a focus on leadership development in the cultural sector. As a co-Director of his own consultancy business, West Mead Creative, Chris oversaw the delivery of ‘AMONITE’ – Dorset’s groundbreaking cultural leadership programme which formed part of the national Cultural Leadership Programme ‘Meeting the Challenge’, supported by Arts Council England. He has run many leadership events for established and emerging leaders including two conferences in collaboration with AUB.

As a consultant and facilitator, Chris has worked for dozens of clients in the cultural and creative events sector including the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Dorset Visual Arts, DiverseCity, Arts Council England South West, Crying Out Loud, Activate Performing Arts, Dorchester Arts, West Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council.

Professional practice

I specialise in strategic arts management and event planning in the cultural sector. Unit Leader on Strategy & Management (L6) and Live Event 2 (L5). Tutor on Dissertation (L6) and Creative & Cultural Industries (L4) units. Research interests: governance models for 21st century arts organisations, cultural leadership in a rural context, outdoor events. I was External Examiner to the BA (Hons) Creative Events Management degree at Falmouth University (2010 – 14) and currently serve as an External Examiner to the BA Hons Music Business and Arts Management programme at Middlesex University. I have recently acted as Academic supervisor to Claire Hodgson who is a Clore Foundation Fellow and recipient of a recent £100k award for development of her work in integrated theatre practice. My work with Claire and her company, DiverseCity Uk, has included co-hosting a regional leadership conference at Pavilion Dance South West in February 2014 attended by over 70 cultural leaders from across the South West. I am currently leading a research project into student resilience and its implications for the core curriculum.I have recently been appointed as a member of the Faculty Board.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012)
  • Chairman of Activate, the performing arts agency for Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole (2012)
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