Andrea is Festival Director of the Arts by the Sea festival within her role as Cultural Development Manager for BCP Council. Her role includes elements of strategy and policy making, funding bids and grant distribution, partnership management, placemaking projects and public realm art, community participation and of course managing the Arts by the Sea festival.
BCP Council’s Arts & Culture team is very small and covers a wide range of projects. They work closely with colleagues from other departments within the council and are lucky to have the expertise of From the Fields and Hotshots to produce the Arts by the Sea festival. Originally from Kent, Andrea studied Classics at Reading University, worked in London for several years and then found her way into the creative industries as Business Manager at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. She moved to Bournemouth in 2016 and is delighted to call it home, enjoying the cultural offer and outdoor lifestyle the area presents.
Dr Roxy Robinson is the Creative Director of From the Fields Ltd, the company behind multi award winning festivals Kendal Calling, Bluedot and a portfolio of cultural events. Roxy is also an author, speaker and festivals consultant, having published her book ‘Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation’ with Routledge in 2015. In 2012, she completed an interdisciplinary PhD on the evolution of festival culture and the influence of Burning Man on British festivals.
Roxy was appointed Festival Director of the inaugural Festival of the Sky by NEL Council in 2019, winning Best New Festival and Best Non Music Festival at the 2019 UK Festival Awards. Roxy leads the artistic programming of Arts by the Sea, a National Portfolio Organisation now in its 10th year, which attracts over 100,000+ to Bournemouth every September.
Roxy remains responsible for the creative department at From the Fields Ltd, which manages performance and installation artworks across the company’s portfolio of events.
Leigh is the Arts by the Sea Festival Engagement Officer within her role as Senior Business Support Officer for BCP Council. Her roles involves overseeing engagement between festival artists and local schools, universities and organisations, running the festival volunteers programme and managing student placements. Leigh also works on funding bids and manages all the festival administration including payments of artists. She is an Equality Champion for BCP Council and represents the team on the Council’s Climate Emergency and Green Agenda.
Leigh was born in Bournemouth and has always worked for the Council, previously within Finance, Regulatory Services and Housing. Her local knowledge and previous experience helps engage the festival with the local community. She enjoys being in a role that brings people together through culture and creativity.
Tom is an Events Manager at BCP Council. Amongst many other events, his role is to implement the logistical arrangements required in order to deliver the Arts by the Sea Festival. This includes liaison with artists on their technical specifications, developing event management policies with key stakeholders and other Council departments, and managing the Events and Stewarding teams over the festival to ensure we deliver a save and successful event.
Sally is the Arts by the Sea Festival Business Development Manager, working one day a week with the team to develop partnerships, create sponsorship activations and formulate a long-term fundraising strategy, aimed at sustainably growing the festival in size and scale.
Sally is also the Director of Salt Hub, which supports benevolent organisations and communities on sustainable projects involving outdoor recreation and promoting environmental awareness. Starting out as a Marine Biologist, Sally spent a long stint working in the environmental sector across the UK. She moved back to the south coast 10 years ago to join BCP Council to promote the sustainable economic regeneration of the Boscombe area. Sally managed RECREATE in Bournemouth, a European Union (EU) INTERREG Cross-border partnership project, aimed at harnessing the potential of the creative industries sector to stimulate job creation, economic growth, social regeneration and prosperity. Sally is a passionate environmentalist with a love of art and culture and is delighted to be working with the team on a festival which reflects all of this and more!
Lucy has worked in the creative industries for nine years both overseas and in the UK. Lucy began her career working in the music and events industry, after completing a degree in Media Studies at Portsmouth University. Throughout her early career, Lucy furthered her passion, developing skills in marketing and branding within organisations operating in the leisure, lifestyle and entertainment sectors. Lucy has overseen creative communications for brands including Pukka Up, Siksilk, House In Paradise and globally renowned venues, OBeach and Atlantis Dubai.
Lucy is the Content and Communications Manager at HotShot Agency, joining the company in 2018. Lucy oversees the creative process for client projects from conceptualisation to execution. Lucy’s most recent projects include Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, All in the Mind Festival, We Wonder Festival and Clifton Park Museum, developing branding, artwork and creative communications to connect with audiences.
Joshua leads the marketing strategy and digital development for Arts by the Sea Festival as the Managing Director of HotShot Agency. Joshua started his career by developing a number of global youth event brands, that now operate in 12 countries and attract over 200,000 customers per year. In 2018, Joshua launched HotShot Agency to deliver turn-key, integrated marketing solutions to businesses and events operating in both private and public sectors. Since its conception, HotShot Agency has delivered marketing strategy and design services for international brands including, Tomorrowland, WE ARE FSTVL, TUI, Captain Morgan, Johnny Walker and Absolut.
Rachel has been the Arts by the Sea Outreach Coordinator since 2019. Her role is to work directly with local creatives & communities. She is passionate about inclusion and enabling under-represented groups to access quality performance.
In 2019 Rachel coordinated the first Arts by the Sea Community Party. In 2020 she is back with the West Howe Tail Trail. Both events aim to provide access to the Arts for communities outside of Bournemouth Town Centre, as well as opportunities to pursue their own creativity.
Rachel’s approach to inclusive participatory activities and events is built on 20 years in Arts Education & Management. She currently teaches Acting for Adults and Youth Theatre classes at DFA Studios and is in the process of launching Mavris Maddix talent agency for performers on the South Coast.
Tor is the newly appointed Programme Coordinator for ABS working for From the Fields, her role is to find the best in arts locally and nationally to provide a diverse and exciting programme along with the rest of the team.
She’s a strong advocate for festivals, music, and maintaining the importance of culture here in the BCP region. Having worked freelance with ABS over many years, in a multitude of capacities it’s great to be part of the team.
Owning her own company, We Broke Free, an independent events and promotions company based on the south coast of the U.K, she along with her partner are a multi skilled team with a wealth of experience within the events and festival industry. Including
Live show promotions, Event & Festival DJing Artist liaison and stage management, Festival stage hosting & curation and Radio show Hosts. Her main focus since starting the company was to continue to bring the best new music from across the globe, but also make space for local’s to shine.
Also known by her DJ persona ‘Tor Da Force’ her gift for making people move has taken her across the UK and abroad, where she holds residencies in numerous venues and festivals. An original member of the all-female collective Frau DJs for over 10 years.