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Leanne Manfredi

Victoria and Albert Museum Programme ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
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Leanne Manfredi

Victoria and Albert Museum Programme ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I produce distinctive museum programmes connecting people in public, private and third sector organisations with those working in the creative industries. Projects are the result of funding from trusts and foundations, grants and corporate sponsorship. I produce project reports and dissemination events, commissioned films and other media for the purpose of evaluation and legacy. I also produce content in the form of blogs, articles and case studies to connect with the sector. My research interests include museums and higher education collaborations and knowledge exchange, the creative economy, the role of design in society and contemporary fashion and culture. I've recently completed an MA in Publishing and have won The Association of Educational Publishers Student Prize for my final major project. I used the MA to build upon my existing skillset in programme and content development, utilising action research to explore the V&A archive in the context of DIY publishing. I project managed the production and delivery of Bowie in Us, a mag-book along with peers from MA Publishing and MA Design Management. The book creates a series of speculative insights into Bowie's creative journey and potential collaborators post his death in 2016.
Projects
  • Publishing students win at London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards 2019Written by Jack May Two students from London College of Communication’s MA Publishing course won awards at London Book Fair 2019’s International Excellence Awards – winning two out of three of the prizes up for grabs. Emilie Hames won the Postgraduate Dissertation Prize for 'Environment Sustainability within the UK Book Publishing Industry’, and Leanne Manfredi won Best Major Project for ‘Re-Imagining the Archive: activating creativity through publishing’. Emilie was also rewarded with overall
  • Threads and YarnsThreads and Yarns was an intergenerational project in 2011with Central Saint Martins BA Textiles, University College London and Wellcome Trust. I collaborated with Jo Morrison, (CSM) Rebecca Hoyes (CSM) and Anne Marr (CSM) . The project was originated by the Wellcome Trust and lead by Central Saint Martins to celebrate the Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary focusing on personal accounts of the NHS over the last 75 years. Oral testimonies of encounters before and after the establishment of the
  • Interweave: digital technology and designInterweave -a day exploring technology and design in 2011 in collaboration with Central Saint Martins, Microsoft, ARUPS, with Jo Morrison, Director of Digital Projects, CSM. The event explored society through technology, tools and textiles and offered presentations, hands-on making sessions with artists and engineers as well as an engaging bespoke ‘walkshop’ through the museum’s collection. Interweave offered the opportunity to look at the ways in which the use of materials, such as jute, nyl
  • Shakespeare in a suitcase‘Shakespeare in a Suitcase’ was a collaboration with nine Universities in 2012 including: Central School of Speech and Drama, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Art and Design, Edinburgh College of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Royal Welsh of Music and Drama, The Arts University College Bournemouth, Buckinghamshire New University and Nottingham Trent University. Students created a series of ‘pop-up’ performances in the Museum in response to the work of Shakespeare acr
  • LEVI'S X SKEPTA project as part of the V&A's Revolution's WeekenderAs part of the V&A exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution IN 2016 I worked alongside Levi's and Haringey Shed Youth Theatre to drive the internal V&A infrastructure to support the project and final performance as part of the Revolutions Weekender festival at the museum. As part of the mentoring project I supported the twelve young musicians on behind the scenes inspiration visits at the V&A to generate content for new music. I was part of the Levi's generated short series of films made to char
  • D&AD 2013 student awardsIn 2013 I collaborated with D&AD on a hypothetical design brief for students to compliment the hoarding which was erected as part of the V&A’s Exhibition Road Redevelopment. FuturePlan transforms the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. I was asked to be a judge on the D&AD New Blood Student Of The Year alongside Fred Deakin, Louise Sloper , Dom Bailey and Alex Lampe. Student Chris Algar's design for the V&A hoarding won overall winner in chosen from every ca
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Projects credited in
  • Levi's Music Project #SupportMusicMusic content series for Levi's UK, project lead from the social team. Levi's UK worked with local community centres to build studios and host music workshops for local young people to enchance their music skills with the help of a lead artist. Skepta in Tottenham 2016, Mist in Birmingham and Everything Everything in 2017. Write up below by MusicWeek Levi’s Music Project have announced they will expand to Manchester and Birmingham, collaborating with artists Everything Everything and Mist and
  • Bowie In UsThis publication emerged from an idea based on ‘David Bowie is’ held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013. The exhibition focused not only on Bowie’s creative output but his collaborations and methods of production across his artistic endeavours. As an innovator he was known for pushing the boundaries of social norms, he was music’s definitive chameleon who reinvented himself time and time again whilst simultaneously inventing new sounds and spearheading new directions in performance. The two year anniversary of the artist’s death in 2018 brought to the surface once again Bowie’s legacy as a music, fashion and cultural icon and led to the production of ‘Bowie in us’, a series of speculative narratives which capture the artist’s future collaborations and projects. This project was done in collaboration with the students of MA Publishing in London College of Communication. My role in the project was that of an art director, which included determined making sure the tone and look and feel of the magazine went hand in hand.
Work history
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    14-19 Co-ordinatorWhitworth Art Gallery
     - Manchester, United KingdomFull Time
    This post was funded by Widening Participation at the University of Manchester and MLA North West (Renaissance) the role incorporated devising programmes for students as well as professional development opportunities for teachers and educators. Central to the role was collaboration across university faculties and cultural assets, sharing expertise and working with academics, undergraduates and post-graduates to extend research and learning opportunities to groups with little or no history of higher education participation. The post incorporated a project management role within the North West HUB (Renaissance) that aimed to extend and build capacity for secondary school delivery among a number of external partners.
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    Associate LecturerManchester Metropolitan Universirty
     - Manchester, United KingdomFull Time
    Lectured and led seminars on Europe in Turmoil 1900-1945, Introduction to Humanities and the Rise of the Persecuting Society in the Department of History and developed an in-depth knowledge of Western European history from the Middle Ages to the present day
Skills
  • Project Management
  • Strategy
  • Creative Partnerships
  • Museum Education
  • Adult Learning
  • Learning Development
  • Commissioning Content
  • Events
  • Curating
  • Design Thinking