Katie Popperwell

Katie Popperwell

Creative Production / Cultural StrategyManchester, United Kingdom
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Katie Popperwell

Katie Popperwell

Creative Production / Cultural StrategyManchester, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a cross-disciplinary creative producer and programmer with experience of visual art, music, heritage, literature, and performance. I'm senior visiting producer at HOME, Manchester's centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, and I've produced programmes of work for Manchester International Festival, Selfridges, The University of Manchester, Cityco and Manchester School of Art. My work as a cultural consultant includes advising on city centre developments, leading on strategic cultural partnerships, and devising projects and initiatives that engage with the culture sector and the wider creative industries. As a broadcaster, I present BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme Front Row and I've covered music news on BBC 6 Music. I regularly chair conversations as part of Manchester Literature Festival with high-profile authors including Nick Hornby, Jennifer Egan and Zadie Smith and I've written for publications including The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and Creative Times.
  • CULTUREPLEX Programme Director
    CULTUREPLEX Programme DirectorI was programme director at this short-lived Manchester venue from the team behind London's Bistrotheque, with a broad events and commissioning programme spanning sculpture, crafts, film, music and educational workshops. 2019 - 2020
  • Asia Triennial
    Asia TriennialProgramme Director, Asia Triennial 2018, Manchester School of Art's citywide multi-venue festival of contemporary art on the theme of Asia. The Festival explored Asian identities through a diverse programme of performances, exhibitions, film, workshops and special events by contemporary visual artists at fourteen venues across Greater Manchester, including a one-day symposium Who do you think you are? and a public parade led by Chinese performance artist Han Bing. I devised the programme wit
  • David Lynch Presents...
    David Lynch Presents...I programmed and produced three nights of live musical performance as part of Manchester International Festival's David Lynch takeover of HOME, the city's centre for contemporary art, theatre and film. I collaboratively developed the concept with the exhibition curator and BBC Radio 6 Music's Mary Anne Hobbs and worked with lighting designer Stuart Bailes to design and curate a theatrical Lynchian experience featuring performances from artists including Chrysta Bell, Anna Calvi, These New Purita
  • Can't Do Right For Doing Wrong
    Can't Do Right For Doing WrongWorking alongside the Visual Arts team at HOME, Manchester, I produced a major solo exhibition and new co-commission from Turner-nominated artist Phil Collins. Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong, as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK's cultural programme marking the centenary of the First World War. The show featured three large-scale installations – Ceremony; my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught; and Delete Beach – which used di
  • Low Four
    Low FourAn Ultra High Definition IPTV music platform, Low Four streams and archives live performances from established touring acts and emerging local talent. It was founded in 2016 as part of my initiative St John’s Projects for Culture with a small investment from Allied London and additional funding and in-kind support from the University of Salford and other partners. Low Four trains future generations of music and video producers through a partnership with the University, led by Dr Brendan WIlliam
  • Music + Film
    Music + FilmIn 2016, I commissioned and produced the Music + Film project for Manchester's contemporary arts centre HOME. Supported by the PRS Foundation and the BFI Film Hub, the year-long programme presented an eclectic season of silent cinema accompanied by soundtracks from the city’s most innovative musical talent. Combining the immediacy and energy of live performance with the magic of the big screen, Music + Film saw Manchester musicians creating original scores for early 20th century silent cinema, a
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Work history
    Radio BroadcasterBBC Radio 4
    Salford, United KingdomFreelance
    I present the Salford edition of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and regularly appear on the radio as a cultural critic.
    Senior Visiting ProducerHOME MCR
    Manchester, United KingdomFreelance
    I regularly deliver contemporary arts exhibitions and performances, managing projects from conception through to evaluation including Ceremony / Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (Phil Collins, 2018), which was part of the 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary programme and Manchester International Festival 2017. In 2015 I created and produced the hugely successful cross-artform series, the Music and Film Project. This featured three original commissions; Lonesome + Live Score by Robin Richards; Koyyanisquatsi + Live Score by GoGo Penguin; and Haxan + Live Score by Josephine Oniyama, developed in partnership with the University of Salford and the Royal Northern College of Music. I was responsible for of every element of the project from commissioning and partnership management to programming and event production. I am Northern Programme Manager for London-based live poetry producer Poet in the City, and in 2017 produced their first Manchester late at HOME entitled Daydreaming in the City - a micro-festival exploring daydreaming and poetic states of mind, presented in collaboration with Hubbub at the Wellcome Trust.
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  • Writing
  • Creative Production
  • Artist Programming
  • Artwork Commissioning
  • Content Curation
  • Project Managemant