Donna Walker

Senior Project Manager & Creative DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Donna Walker

Senior Project Manager & Creative DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Senior Project and Design Manager with over a decades experience developing and delivering a variety of exhibitions, installations, immersive productions and creative programmes for some of the worlds leading artists and designers, with a diverse group of partners and stakeholders. A passion for making extraordinary things happen in a variety of spaces and places. A specialist in large scale installations in the public realm, as well as having an array of experience in site specific installations and multi-exhibitor exhibitions in high profile cultural institutions including the V&A, Somerset House, and the National Trust’s Fenton House. Founder, Creative & Project Director, of a site-specific immersive and theatrical experience company named Traces London, which has a strong focus on promoting both emerging and established artists and designers. A highly motivated, strategic, extremely organised, collaborative person with a passion for the creative industries as a whole.
Projects credited in
  • London Design Biennale Summit: 25-26 June 2019London Design Biennale's inaugural Summit will take place from 25-26 June 2019. The Summit focuses on Resonance, the theme for London Design Biennale 2020, the third edition of the critically acclaimed exhibition. The Summit will address the impact of design: its power to cross borders, bridge cultures, and alter behaviours and societies. It will look at how this can improve a variety of major global issues, including climate change (our resonance with the planet); and international relations (
  • Idiosincratico - Martino GamperSpecial Project
  • Traces at The Marquis of LansdowneFor four days in August 2012, ‘Traces’ took over a run down Victorian pub and brought it alive again with the smells, tastes, touches and sounds of the 1870s. Painstakingly researched, ‘Traces’ worked with over 70 different artists and designers from all different disciplines to help tell the stories of the actual inhabitants of 32 Cremer Street; the old ‘Marquis of Lansdowne’. Cremer Street, formally known as Harwar street in the 1870s, was an area of much ill repute, and listed as one of the
  • Traces at Holdrons Department StoreFor ten days in February 2014, ‘Traces’ took over a neglected indoor arcade and took it back to the 1930s, a time when it was one of the main arcades to ‘Holdron’s department Store, and was owned by Selfridges as one of it’s provincial stores. Working with over 60 artists and designers , Traces focused on the year 1936 when the store had it’s grand re-opening with new facade and a staircase designed by Selfridge himself; when Rye Lane was widely known as the Oxford Street of the South and when shop psychology was first being tested. This was a time when shopping was not just for women, men are invited to visit the Club Lounge for an afternoon tipple, whilst ladies meet for afternoon tea in the in store tearoom, and children could revel in the delights of Sir Henry Segraves model electric railway, the largest in Europe! It was also the year that King George V died, and King Edward VII abdicated to marry the divorcee Wallis Simpson, Oswald Mosely’s Black Shirts took on Cable Street and lost, the BBC launched its most regular public broadcast and pre-war tensions began to rise in Europe. The Traces artists and designers took all this on board when creating ‘contemporary 1930s’ work for the show. Traces reinstated arcade display windows, a public tearoom serving 1930s refreshments, and for those who wanted to snoop that little bit more, there was a staff room area with the staffs personal lockers where you could catch up on all the behind the scenes gossip, a staff notice board and a 1930s radio broadcast on in the background. This is where forgotten stories unearthed from the archives and given to us by ex employees, (or families of), were brought back to life.
  • Traces 'Junk' Shop Teaser Event at Tom DixonFor London Design Festival 2012, Traces were asked by Tom Dixon to be part of Be Open’s flash market for emerging designers to show, sell, produce and explore the five senses with the freshest ideas, at The Dock. For one week at the Tom Dixon Dock, ‘Traces’ presents a teaser event – the Traces ‘Junk’ Shop. With inspiration taken from the nearby Portobello market, we invited the public to come rummage through our wares to see if they could grab themselves a bargain. But just who is the shop kee
  • Walala Lounge - Camille WalalaSpecial Project
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Work history
    Senior Project ManagerLondon Design Biennale
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    London Design Biennale is a global gathering of the world’s most ambitious and imaginative designers, curators and design institutions.
    Senior Project ManagerLondon Design Festival
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.
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Skills
  • Creative Producing
  • Immersive Design
  • Immersive Theatre
  • Project Management
  • Production
  • Budget Management
  • Exhibition Organisation
  • Exhibition Building
  • Exhibition Planning
  • Exhibition Curation
Education
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Leeds Arts University
     - Leeds, United Kingdom
    Art & Design Interdisciplinary