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Cathy Woolley

Participation Producer, Southbank Centre

Cathy Woolley

"Cathy is an inspiration to all of those in her team, but also to the young men and women in the deaf community for whom she is the ultimate role model. This comes with an immense responsibility that Cathy manages and respects."

Completely dedicated to touching the widest possible constituencies of people and bringing hidden communities and their untold stories to the fore, Cathy is responsible for the implementation of Learning and Participation programmes across the Southbank Centre, London.  

Cathy utilises her drive and teamwork, her non-stop, creative, daring and experimental ideas and insight into various communities to produce projects which are targeted, effective and informed.  

Previously, as Community Relations Officer at Historic Royal Palaces, Cathy initiated a young offenders pilot in response to graffiti by historic prisoners at the Tower of London.  She then became Community Curator at Art on the Underground. Following the events of 7/7 Cathy spearheaded a staff involvement programme and edited Kings Cross is Rising, a collection of poetry by Tube staff affected by the bombings. She also created several site specific commissions including 100 Years of Fashion on the Bakerloo line, Journey to the Centre of the Earth at London Bridge, and A Station Musical for Stratford to celebrate the Olympic bid win. 

At the Southbank she has managed a range of extraordinary projects including; Pestival, Sept 2009 – international three day festival of insects, In from the Cold, Dec 2008 – a giant inflatable Igloo cinema inside Royal Festival Hall and The Art and Craft of Saving the World, June 2008 – sell out international eco-craft symposium. 

Cathy’s leadership and huge expertise in her field as well as extensive experience in many different areas of the creative and cultural sector ensures that well managed, inspirational projects reach the widest possible constituency.