Artistic Director and CEO
Mikey has worked in the arts festival industry for more than two decades, across the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. He has worked with numerous high-profile national and international cultural events, festivals and organisations, including the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Sydney Festival, The Out There Festival, Just for Laughs - Montreal, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Auckland International Arts Festival, Winchester Hat Fair, Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and as a Creative Producer for Outdoor Arts and Contemporary Circus with Theatre Bristol. Mikey is on the steering group for the IN SITU network, is the chair of Cultural Collisions Hull and is also a trustee of Welcome House – a support organisation for refugees and asylum seekers in Hull. Mikey is passionate about how art in public space, arts festivals that integrate with communities, multi-disciplinary artists and place, can be truly powerful change-making and transformative forces for the city (or town) where they operate. Mikey believes great things can happen when working truly in collaboration, across sectors, across borders and across continents. Art, creativity and artistic practise can change often negative narratives so prevalent in our modern-day society, but not so easily on their own. Mikey moved to Hull after taking up his appointment as CEO and Artistic Director with Freedom Festival Arts Trust in 2015.