Thanks for visiting my website to find out about Mr Holly (or if you’ve stumbled upon me by accident, welcome anyway)
I am a freelance creative producer & arts management professional, with 25+ years experience in the sector, including 11 years as Director of Lincoln Drill Hall a multi-use independent arts venue (which has recently re-opened as part of Lincoln College).
I am based in Lincolnshire and work predominantly within the East Midlands on a range of arts festivals and creative initiatives. Recent projects have included Gravity Fields Festival of Arts & Science in Grantham and the Stamford Georgian Festival both with SKDC, the Frequency Festival of Digital Arts in Lincoln with Threshold Studios and Peterborough Celebrates, a new family friendly community engagement festival held at Ferry Meadows in May 2022, organised by Nene Park Trust.
With my colleagues Andy Johnson-Smith from Popcorn Media & Bruce Knight from Spilsby Sessions House, I run the Different Light Collective, a group dedicated to using digital technology & creative arts to engage communities and bring people together. With support from Arts Council England and in partnership with Spilsby Sessions House, DLC have delivered three editions of Spilsby Light Night in 2019, 2020 and 2022 and have also recently worked with Junction Arts in Derbyshire, SKDC in Bourne, City of Lincoln Council in Boultham Park and also with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
With my colleague Georgina Weller I own and manage the AntiGravity Box, an installation that is currently based at Isaac Newton’s birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor near Grantham. The rebranded Box reopened in April 2022 and is also available to tour to events and festivals.
I have considerable experience in arts management, specifically arts education and festival, venue & project management and I would describe myself as energetic, empathetic and diplomatic. I am passionate about collaborative and partnership working and engaging young people and communities in the arts and try at all times to be a nice bloke. I am currently on the Advisory Board of MBD in Leicester.
If you want to find out more about my past (well, my career anyway) please click here
Big thanks to Phil Crow for designing this site (and the badges & business cards and for being a good mate) and to Dave Smith for creating such a brilliant cartoon of me that makes me look so much younger than I am.