Sue Ball is a cultural producer who works in the context of social and spatial design, and is Director of the creative regeneration practice Media and Arts Partnership (MAAP). She operates in the gaps between sectors and disciplines to generate new professional learning and interdisciplinary design processes for urban space. Sue is also the Executive Chair of YVAN (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network), and Chair of Leeds Creative Timebank.
Skills include: working experience of using user-focused design methodologies; public art strategy and policy development for developer, charity & local authority clients; excellent facilitation and creative engagement brokerage skills; research and evaluation of arts, cultural animation & place-making; invited speaker and key player in national public arts network.
Recent project work includes:
Using co-production ethos and methods with local people and makers to rethink the narrative and spaces of the new Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making (Heritage in Public Space Strategy and Plan 2016-2020);
Exploring a ‘co-production’ method bringing design ideas, participative processes and arts interventions into public space activation by responding to the neglected DLR arch spaces at Limehouse Basin, where the monthy Limehouse Social Market now ensures a sustained and locally owned future (London’s Public Realm/Cultural Strategy 2014-18);
Leading a reflexive approach to regeneration over a 5-year period that turned the dormant and unloved canal-side site at Warwick Bar into a home for high profile arts, design and creative fabrication/maker businesses and now a major cultural destination for Birmingham. (Birmingham:Public Realm Strategy 2010-16);
Initiating cluster development for manufacture, design and creative industry tenants at Warwick Bar, which sought to facilitate emergent collaboration and strengthen STEAM trading relationships (Birmingham Creative/Makers Strategy 2014-16).