Some of our current projects are:
The Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust
The Everyman and Playhouse have recently undergone a major programme of change, encompassing a new artistic model, new executive structure, and new board. This change programme was designed to address recent funding cuts and build resilience in the organisation, while deepening artistic and strategic impact in the Liverpool City Region and nationally.
The Board has commissioned BK to undertake an independent review to ensure that the senior management and board work as effectively as possible together, to make the maximum contribution to the theatres’ success and sustainability.
Woolwich Arsenal – Royal Borough of Greenwich
BK was originally commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to undertake a cultural masterplanning exercise for the whole Arsenal cultural district site, comprising 5 large heritage buildings totalling some 16,500 square metres of usable space. Following the successful identification of a broad range of cultural uses, the Council has now agreed to spend up to £40 million developing the project to fruition. BK has been retained to work on detailed business planning, setting up a new operational trust and identifying and working with arts companies who will be resident on site.
Scottish Sculpture Workshop
Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) was the first sculpture-specific artist workshop to be developed in the UK and is in Lumsden in the rural North East of Scotland. Since its formation in 1974, SSW has developed its activities and facilities in stages. BK is now supporting SWW in the next stages of development
Town Hall Theatre Galway
In 2017, the launch of a ten year cultural strategy for Galway created an exciting roadmap for the future development of the arts in the region. Galway’s designation as the European Capital of Culture in 2020 also presents enormous opportunities for local and national artists, arts organisations and audiences. Town Hall Theatre, which in 2020 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its re-opening, has commissioned BK to support it in a strategic review to ensure that its organisation is able to play its full role as part of Galway’s cultural infrastructure.
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Kilkenny Arts Festival presents many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. BK is supporting the Festival in a strategic review to help shape its activities and operations during the next period.
BK has worked since 2005 with this vibrant theatre as it seeks to redevelop its facilities in Lambeth. Working closely with the London Borough of Lambeth, Ovalhouse has now found a site for a new theatre in Brixton and is beginning the process of developing its detailed plans for development. Following the successful bid for £3 million ACE capital funds, BK is working on the detailed business planning with Ovalhouse for its new theatre which is due to open in 2020.
Arts venue for Taunton
BK was commissioned by Arts Taunton to undertake an options appraisal looking into how to develop venue provision in Taunton, which may possibly be based on the existing Brewhouse Theatre, but will certainly be part of the redevelopment of Taunton town centre. Following completion of the options appraisal, BK undertook a business planning process based on the chosen option, commissioned by Taunton and Deane Borough Council and has now been retained for the longer term to be the client’s representative for the project.
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Under the new leadership of Stefan Kalmár, the ICA is embarked upon a new business model with a new management team and plans. BK is working with the leadership team on the development of business plans to support and frame the ICA’s ambitions and intentions.
The Queen’s Hall
Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall is a key music venue in the City’s cultural offer, with its unique acoustic and diverse music programme.
As the historic building approaches its 200th anniversary, and as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra relocates to a new venue, BK is supporting the team to develop its post SCO business model and its unique position in Edinburgh.
Arts Council of England
BK is on the framework of financial and governance advisors and is providing a range of services including reviewing business plans and undertaking organisational ‘health checks’.