Paul has a broad range of experience, having worked in a range of artforms and in a variety of professional roles, including producing, programming, management and organisational leadership.
Having graduated in History of Art and Architecture from Manchester University, Paul went on to work in local authority arts development, and for West Midlands Arts (latterly Arts Council England, West Midlands) in the policy department. He was a national union representative for regional arts board staff during the major arts funding system restructure in 2001/2.
Paul joined Punch Records in 2003 as General Manager, overseeing the development of this social enterprise across areas of education, artist development and events. He was also responsible for producing a number of touring productions, and launching an urban marketing service for both the arts and commercial music sectors. Alongside the organisation's development in this period, Punch presented events with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including KRS-One, DJ Premier, Jazzy Jay, Grandmaster Flash, Slum Village and the Electric Boogaloos.
In 2006 Paul returned to Arts Council England on a part-time basis to oversee the marketing, communications and sponsor relations work of Arts Award across England, alongside developing a freelance practice working with artists, predominantly in music, but increasingly in dance.
In 2007 he started work at DanceXchange, initially overseeing the ongoing programme management and artist development activity during the establishment of International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB). Following this initial contract he was made permanent Programme Manager and later Director of Programming and Production for both DanceXchange and IDFB. Alongside programming for IDFB at all scales, from gallery spaces to 2000 seat auditoria, he was responsible for the ongoing programming and management of DanceXchange's own theatre space, The Patrick Centre; for all artist development activity; overseeing the organisation's producing of new work; national and international partner development; and the management of a number of other projects and staff. In 2014, IDFB won a UK Theatre Award for its "bold and extensive programme".
After a short career break at the beginning of 2015, Paul began a series of fixed term leadership roles in the dance sector, alongside the development of a broader consultancy practice. He was interim Artistic Director at Yorkshire Dance (2015), Associate Director of Greenwich Dance (2016/2017) and Interim Administrative Director at The Place (2017). He is currently Associate Director at Dance4, alongside other freelance projects.
Paul is a Total Theatre Awards judge and has been on selection panels for the Made in Scotland showcase, the Sky Arts Futures Fund, BE Festival, Dublin Dance Festival's Reimagining Ireland platform, and the BBC Performing Arts Fund. He is a trustee of Two Destination Language, a board member of Avant Garde Dance and a member of Action Hero's advisory board.
He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary practice, artist development and developing new structures for supporting artistic production, and is currently developing a number of projects across theatre, dance, circus and live-art.
Alongside his professional interest in the making of performance, he also has a personal fascination with the craft, politics and process of making objects, particularly textiles and clothing.
Header image courtesy (and copyright) of Mickael Marso Riviere who is an ace photographer, ace choreographer and all round good guy.