Strike a Light has worked in Heritage Coordination for WRVS, a national charity, setting up and managing reminiscence, oral history, art, & local history projects in Sussex with over 55s. Other roles include training and coordinating volunteers, employing freelance artists, partnerships with external agencies e.g. libraries, museums, local government archives and local communities.
Nicola Benge was a Project Coordinator for Brent Council youth heritage project at the Granville Plus centre, with similar responsibilities and has also been Heritage and Arts Development Coordinator for English Heritage. She also runs sessions as a reminiscence worker and curator with elderly, and immigrant groups in London and the South East. Responsibilities include designing and facilitating sessions, creating exhibitions, educational information sheets, and report writing. She created reminiscence related crafts with community groups.
Nicola has also worked on the Creative Landscapes project which is an English Heritage project funded by the Legacy Trust. The project will create opportunities for disabled artists to lead participatory creative projects and to showcase their work to a wider audience. The project will work in Hastings and St Leonards to develop accessible and inclusive Heritage Open Days programmes.
Participants had the opportunity to work with a disabled artist to explore local heritage using different art forms. These residencies will lead up to an exhibition or event for Heritage Open Days in September each year until 2013.
Accentuate is funded by the Legacy Trust UK, SEEDA and the participating regional cultural agencies. For more information on the Accentuate Programme see their website.