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Matt Allen

Matt is embedded in the Leeds cultural ecology and has worked on numerous projects across the city. These have included programming at Centre for Live Yorkshire and Live Art Bistro, managing the project space at an independent artist studio and being artist in residence at stage@leeds. He has also hosted and collaborated with festivals, produced at East Street Arts, performed at The Tetley, The Playhouse, The Carriageworks and Seven Arts Centre and presented digital art at Compass Festival. Over the last 14 years he has programmed in independent and pop up art spaces, curating art exhibitions and hosted showcase events.

He is keen to share his experiences with others and his connections with the sector are across art forms and with organisations of all sizes. Most recently Matt worked as a Producer at East Street Arts on their national Guild programme supporting artist led organisations. Prior to joining East Street Arts he was a director at Centre for Live Art Yorkshire and Live Art Bistro, supporting local artists and bringing significant artists to Leeds. In 2016 Matt set up Closed Forum, a collective that creates digital projects that focus on mental health and local stories.

Matt is thrilled to be able to work with an amazing team and can’t wait to get started on this unique and exciting opportunity.”