Victoria is a Creative Learning & Participation professional. She works with the public, education and community sectors to develop and deliver opportunities to experience arts, culture and creativity.
As Impact Manager for the Design Age Institute, Victoria works to develop, deliver and measure a range of engagement activities including: working closely with the Design Museum to deliver public participation and outreach opportunities; establishing an active community in design for healthy ageing, including academics, designers, researchers, and service providers; and supporting the dissemination of learning from the Institute’s research and innovation initiatives.
Victoria moved to London in 2004 from her hometown of Vancouver, Canada to begin a Master’s degree in theatre practice at Central School of Speech and Drama. She graduated with a BA from McGill University in 2003.
Victoria is a Creative Learning & Participation professional with over ten years of experience in delivering ambitious creative programmes, supporting innovative cross-sector collaborations, and engaging audiences in high quality opportunities to participate in arts, culture and creativity.
Victoria developed her career in a number of strategic and delivery roles within leading arts & cultural organisations including RCA, Barbican, Museum of London, and Roundhouse.
Her role as Impact Manager builds on recent experience of working with communities as the RCA’s Community Engagement Manager (maternity cover).
Victoria is a co-founder and Chair of Quiet Down There, a community interest company working with artists, communities & social systems in London and the South-East.
Career highlights include;
- Collaborating with Wandsworth based organisations to provide creative activities to 5000 children during the pandemic
- Support innovative cultural education initiatives as part of A New Direction’s £1.2 million Challenge London programme
- Establishing the Creative Schools programme across east London.
Victoria is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone to shape, experience and participate in arts, culture and creativity.
Her approach is often evidence based and needs-led, involving significant collaboration, consultation and co-creation with creatives, communities, audiences and stakeholders.
Current and recent projects
Wandsworth Create and Learn PlayKits, 2020, Royal College of Art
As the RCA’s Community Engagement Manager, I collaborated with Wandsworth Council as well as arts and community organisations in the borough to develop creative supplies and activities for 6-10 year olds during the pandemic. This included activities designed by RCA graduates. Packs were delivered through schools, food banks and community centres to over 5000 local children. The project won the national Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Arts Project in 2021.
POOR Collective mural with Carney’s Community, 2020, Royal College of Art
I worked with RCA’s Battersea neighbours Carney’s Community and Architecture Graduates from the POoR Collective to co-create and install a mural with local young people.
RCA x Wandsworth Art, 2020, Royal College of Art
I delivered RCA x Wandsworth Art in collaboration with Wandsworth Arts Service. The takeover day included a programme of digital creative activities designed by RCA students and graduates, insights into how RCA artists adapted to covid-19, profiles, interviews and curated collections.
External collaborations and activities
- 2020 – present, Chair, Quiet Down There CIC, Board of Directors
- 2020 – present. Deputy Chair, Brunswick Park Primary School Board of Governors