Some of our current projects are:
Liverpool Theatre Review- Liverpool City Council
Liverpool has a vibrant theatre ecology with a distinctive voice and significant place in UK theatre history. It sustains a range of theatre buildings (producing and presenting) at small, mid and large scale plus a number of small touring companies. The presence of LIPA in the city along with strong performing arts offers at LJMU supports a robust talent pipeline, while the broad range of venues, companies and festival platforms provide production and presentation platforms that belie the size of the city.
Liverpool City Council, in partnership with Arts Council England, has commissioned BK to undertake an independent review of the theatre ecology in the city in order to identify how theatre organisations can be more effective in reaching audiences, promoting/producing high quality work and be more resilient in their business practices. The review will consider complementary roles of the various venues, joint approaches to audience development, community engagement and developing talent as well as programming policies and the potential for improving business efficiency through shared approaches.
Woolwich Cultural District – Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) has acquired five large Grade 2 listed heritage buildings, which had previously formed part of the Royal Arsenal military munitions factories site which closed in 1967. The site played a significant local role, at one time employing 80,000 people. Latterly, it housed the Royal Artillery Museum and now it also comprises one of the biggest concentrations of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings converted for residential use (by Berkeley Homes), with more than 3,000 residents. In 2019, Crossrail will connect Woolwich Arsenal with central London in less than 20 minutes.
Following the acquisition, RBG made a manifesto commitment to develop its buildings for cultural use, but had no detailed plans in place. BK was commissioned to undertake a cultural master planning exercise for the site, which totals some 16,500 square metres of usable space.
BK undertook a feasibility study, working with Bennetts Associates and successfully identified a broad range of cultural uses. Following adoption of BK’s proposed operational and capital plan, RBG has now earmarked funds of more than £40 million to bring the project to fruition. Working with a small internal RBG project team, 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. We are also working alongside the design team on detailed capital planning. The first phase of the development is scheduled to open in 2020.
Galway Arts Centre
Founded in 1985, Galway Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation which presents visual art, theatre and youth arts including the Red Bird Collective and the use of Nun’s Island Theatre. Since it began, the cultural scene in Galway has changed exponentially and in 2020 Galway will be European Capital of Culture. The arts centre has commissioned BK to undertake a strategic review and plan
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.
Saheliya: Development of St Rollox House
Saheliya is a specialist support organisation for black and minority ethnic (BAME) women and girls (12+) in Scotland. In December 2014 they took a lease on the B-listed St Rollox House a former railway building in the north of Glasgow and have been awarded a Resilient Heritage grant from HLF. Saheliya has little experience of heritage building projects and development and BK is acting as a mentor to the organisation.
The Arts Council Ireland /An Chomhairle
“The work of artists inspires and reflects the rhythm of the everyday as well as momentous events in public life…. we want Ireland’s international standing as a leader in the arts to be strengthened by our commitment to new generations of ambitious and innovative artists… Over the decade 2016–2025, we intend that the centrality of the arts to Irish life will have been strengthened by our advocacy, by our support of artists throughout their careers”
Forward to Making Great Art Work 2016
BK is advising and supporting the Arts Council in reviewing existing artist funding programmes, ensuring their alignment with corporate policies and in developing a model to evaluate investment in artist programmes into the future.
Arts Council of England
BK is on the current framework of financial and governance advisors and is providing a range of services including reviewing business plans and undertaking organisational ‘health checks’.
National Lottery Heritage Fund
BK is on the current framework of business development consultants advisors.