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Elena Gifford

Partner, Deco Publique

Elena is the Creative Director for National Festival of Making and collaborates on creative programming across mass and intimate cultural festivals and new commissions for Morecambe based, Deco Publique, the creative practice she co-founded with Lauren Zawadzki to deliver impactful cultural work in the North. Within the practice Elena works closely with artists, creative practitioners and partners from manufacturers to landowners and across curatorial work, PR direction, project management, consultation and engagement.

Elena established and leads the National Festival of Making’s artistic commissioning programme, Art in Manufacturing - a residency programme that places artists within mass manufacturers and their communities, resulting in new original work from sculpture to sound, dance, film, installation and performance presented throughout the festival programme.

As a small creative company, the pair have been fortunate to gain significant sector recognition for making work that transforms seaside spaces, rural landscapes, waterfronts and northern cities.  Deco Publique projects are driven by partnership, engagement and collaboration. The team are exceptionally passionate about the work they produce and are proud of the cultural offers they have created.

2018 projects include National Festival of Making, Art in Manufacturing, Vintage by the Sea Festival, consultancy for Great Places, Lakes & Dales and producing new landscape artworks for Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Headlands to Headspace art commissions.

Currently shortlisted for the UK Festival Awards: Best Family Festival & Best Non-Music Festival

Simon Cronshaw

Co-Founder, & REMIX Summits

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Co Founder, REMIX Summits &

Jonathan Robinson

Founder, Civic and Global Impact Hubs

Philip Long

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Mariana Duarte Silva

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Jim Beirne MBE

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Sophie Harding

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Ella Goldner

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Annette Mees

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Brett Wigdortz OBE

Founder and Honourary President, Teach First; Chair, National Citizen Service Trust; Co-Founder & CEO,

Laura Jordan Bambach

Chief Creative Officer, Mr President, Founder, CANNT Festival & Co-founder, SheSays

Eric Nuzum

Podcast and Media Consultant - Former SVP, Original Content Development, Audible (Amazon) & VP Programming, NPR

Ksenia Zemtsova

Co-Founder, Art Night

Philippine Nguyen

Co-Founder, Art Night

Rick Gibson

CEO, British Games Institute (BGI)

John Cassy

Founder, Factory 42

Rachael Norton-Drew

Festival & Company Manager, York Mediale

Liat Rosenthal

Creative Producer - Uniqlo Tate Lates

Isobel Colchester

CEO, Poet in the City

Hadrian Garrard

Founding Director, Create London

John McGrath

Artistic Director & CEO, Manchester International Festival & The Factory

Chris Gourlay

Founder & CEO, Spacehive

John Beasley

Chief Marketing Officer, Vero - True Social (ex VP Marketing EMEA Monster & Head of Brand Red Bull)

Freya Murray

Program Manager and Creative Lead, Google Arts & Culture

Lisa Westcott Wilkins

Founder, DigVentures

Lauren Zawadzki

Partner, Deco Publique

Elena Gifford

Partner, Deco Publique

Andy Lanning

Executive Creative Director, Magic Leap & Creator, Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel)

Charlotte Appleyard

Director of Development & Business Innovation, Royal Academy of Arts

Anna Burkey

Co-Founder, Foundry658 - new Creative Industries Accelerator by State Library Victoria & Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Holly Tucker MBE

Founder, Holly & Co (Founder of and UK Ambassador to Creative Small Businesses)

Isabel Soden

Chief of Play (Founding Director, Writer/Director, Strategist), Reuben Feels

Sharon Ament

Director, Museum of London

Rupert Barrington

Series Producer, BBC Dynasties

David Jubb

Artistic Director, Battersea Arts Centre

Pip Black

Co-Founder, Frame

Ged Matthews

Freelance Placemaking Creative Producer

Prof. Andrew Chitty

Creative Economy Champion, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Daniel Stevens

Advocacy & Communications Manager, Knowledge Quarter London