Samantha Gillingham

I’m Sammy and I'm the Projects and Promotions Assistant here at Activate.

I joined this wonderful organisation in August 2015, in a role which was made possible by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation as part of their Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme. The scheme aims to identify gifted recent graduates who would otherwise not be in a financial position to work for free, in order to get a foot on the competitive career ladder in the arts. This role will saw me supporting the dance, theatre and Inside Out Dorset Festival producers, providing promotional assistance to the Activate team and leading on the new Youth Advisory Panel; it was a thoroughly educational and ejoyable year, full f earning and adventures.

I am now very happy to still be part of the Activate family and although my job title is the same, I now have a few different responsibilities. I am now the Project Manager for the Activate Youth Board (AYB) and Dorset Youth Dance. AYB is a group of young people, aged 16-25, who are engaged in the arts in the county. They support Activate by giving us their time and feedback on our work, making sure that Activate remains relevant to the young people of Dorset. Dorset Youth Dance is managed by Activate and supplies the youth of the county with opportunities to engage with dance, such as running Dorset Youth Dance Company (previously Portrait) and Feeder Class.

I am also working as Projects Assistant for Activate's Life Cycles and Landscapes project, which is an ambitious new project that will see a large-scale artistic and heritage work ‘The Way’ travelling to specific sites from North Norfolk to Dorset in 2018, along the ancient 400 mile Icknield Way, the source inspiration for the whole programme of work.

A few facts about me:

-I love to be curled up with a good book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other

-If I could dance all day every day, I would

-I love chocolate (I mean LOVE it)

-#1 spot on my list of places to visit is Peru, one day I will walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

-An Outdoor work which has inspired me: Rosemary Lee’s Melt Down (2012) which she developed from Square Dances (2011) and was performed at Central St Martins, London, as part of Dance Umbrella 2012. The piece was touching, thought provoking and memorable. 

Projects & Promotions Assistant