The team behind CIT

The project is coordinated by Richard Evans, who has worked in arts development since 1998, with a range of organisations including Redeye (The Photography Network), the Liverpool & Manchester Design Initiative and Chester Youth Fringe working on national symposia, large-scale music festivals, workshop programmes, and project development.

to the stage
CIT’s new theatre-makers network is run by Charlotte Mountford, an independent theatre producer and marketer. She currently works with The Lowry, Action Transport Theatre, Dominic Berry and Chris New. She has previously worked with The Library Theatre Company, Burnley Arts Centre, 24:7 Theatre Festival, Box of Tricks Theatre, Apples and Snakes and was in receipt of a BBC Performing Arts Fund in 2014. Charlotte also runs Flow Salford Festival and The Producers’ Network North West . She makes a mean margarita too… | @ChippedRedNails

Craft Makers / Designer-Makers
During 2014 & 2015, CIT is offering mentoring to craft makers. The mentor for this part of the programme is acclaimed designer Stella Corrall. Alongside her creative work, Stella is also an experienced and popular mentor who will provide key support to emerging artists over the next 12 months.

TV Script Development
CIT’s popular TV script development events – Writing & Pitching for TV, the TV Script School – are developed by Ric Michael, former Head of Development at Baby Cow Manchester and now a media producer and trainer.

Ric launched Manchester Poetry Festival and produced events for Granada TV and was commissioned to make a range of live poetry programmes for BBC3 for multi-award winning Baby Cow Productions.

Ric became Head of Development for Baby Cow Manchester, which developed Gavin & Stacey and established its reputation for bringing through and nurturing new talent.

Portfolio Surgeries & Visual Arts
CIT has an ongoing partnership with Castlefield Gallery, one of Northern England’s most active and successful organisations/agencies for developing emerging contemporary artists and practice. Together, we run portfolio surgeries that provide in-depth review and guidance, taking place twice a year at the gallery with a team of expert viewers. Later in 2014, we will be offering micro-commission and mentoring opportunities for contemporary artists.

CIT works with a number of writers and publishers to bring support, literary development and knowledge to the writing community. Our speakers have included literary agents John Jarrold and Juliet Pickering (Blake Friedmann Agency), publishers Sophie Buchan (Weidenfeld Nicolson) and Dead Ink Books along with authors David Gaffney (Sawn Off Tales) and Wes Brown (Shark). In 2014 & 2015, we will be working with Manchester Literature Festival to develop further events for the writing community.

Waterside Arts Centre
CIT is based at Waterside and is supported by a fantastic team which provides marketing, technical, gallery, box office and admin support.