Louise has 20 years experience in the visual arts sector combining strategic and artistic leadership with strong project management and business planning acumen. As the Director of S1 Artspace for 15 years, Louise led the organisation through a period of substantial change and growth in its ambition to establish a new cultural venue for arts, culture and heritage in Sheffield. Securing funds from HM Treasury to develop the project to RIBA stage 3 with architectural practice Carmody Groarke, and a Levelling Up Fund grant to commence delivery, Louise will continue to support the development of the capital project.
Through her curatorial practice, Louise has supported artists to work in new and ambitious ways through a multi-disciplinary approach to programming and created pivotal opportunities for artists to gain wider recognition and opportunities to develop their practice.
Louise was a Director of Art Sheffield from 2006-2013, a city-wide consortium of leading visual arts venues across the city that delivered the Art Sheffield Festivals and projects across the city and Europe – including the Istanbul Biennale, Documenta and Venice Biennale – to further the presence and awareness of visual arts in Sheffield.
Since 2019, Louise has been a Board Member of the Sheffield Culture Collective, an Arts Council supported Cultural Compact, which developed and launched a new city-wide strategy for culture in 2021, which Sheffield City Council will formally adopt in autumn 2022.
Louise was a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme 2005-16 and has an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London and Arts Management from Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge.