Freelance

Alexis Johnson

Learning Project Manager (freelance)

Outside Walk the Plank I run AKarts, a participatory artists project which has enabled me to showcase work at the V & A, Tate Britain, the Royal Academy and Hyde Park. So, working for Walk the Plank seemed the perfect fit, especially given my background in outdoor arts education. I also lecture at London South Bank University on the BA Arts & Festivals Management and MA Creative Industries.

Applying this knowledge to Walk the Plank as their Learning Director for over five years, and now in a freelance capacity,  is the perfect forum to share my learning with others.

My specialism

Without a doubt it has to be participatory arts and socially engaged practice – working across audio visual, visual arts and performance, as well as audience engagement through participation.

What attracted me to Walk the Plank?

I love its bravery, its risk taking and its strong sense of aesthetic – and the way it produces participatory arts on both a mass and intimate scale. The work it produces has a very unique Walk the Plank stamp and the company has an incredible ability to produce spine tingling ‘goose bump’ moments of spectacle. I wanted to be part of the creative mix, to continue to develop professionally and to be instrumental in passing on this knowledge to the next generation.

I’ve loved working on Walk the Plank’s Awen training schools linked to the Ar Waith Ar Daith 10th anniversary celebrations for the Wales Millennium Centre, and in the Creative Cities Nigeria training project in partnership with the British Council.

What do I get up to outside work?

Sailing the North Sea and yoga. But not at the same time. I also write about participatory arts.

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