Claire Cooke

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Position Lecturer in Arts Management
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Claire Cooke

Claire is a Lecturer in Arts Management at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for co-ordinating and managing the professional practice modules for students.

Claire has worked as a producer, curator and arts manager for a number of organisations including The Barbican, BFI Video (the DVD label of the British Film Institute), The Barking Creative Industries Quarter, SPACE Studios and The National Trust. She is currently Public Engagement Manager for VITRINE Gallery.

She has worked in outreach and strategic development on range of heritage projects including Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park, St John at Hackney and produced the Olympic Park Summer School between 2013 and 2016. Much of her career has been spent making connections between artists – specifically the studio sector – and the wider public.

Claire has also established and managed a number of independent projects including The Smoking Cabinet - an early  cinema festival at the Curzon Soho (and subsequently Latitude)  which connected cabaret with silent film screenings and On the Fringe for Resonance 104.4 FM  - a weekly round-up of London’s fringe and off west end theatre scene featuring interviews, reviews and live performances. She is the founder and director of two charities:  Mirror Mirror Education  which produces public engagement activities for galleries, museums and festivals  based around magic and optical illusion (with previous clients including The British Library, TATE, National Portrait Gallery, Camp Bestival) and Architecture for All which aims to open up debate about and build awareness of design and design history in the build environment.

Claire has an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths, BA in Drama from University of Wales; Aberystwyth and is currently finishing her dissertation for MA Architectural History at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

She is particularly interested in magic, ritual, public space, performance (and its history), contemporary art and film.  Claire also has a strong interest in sound art and experimental music.