Academic Supervisor – Tony Graves
A former concert pianist, Tony has extensive experience in the arts both as a manager, board member and performer and was previously the Chief Executive of The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham and a theatre producer at Nottingham Playhouse.
Tony is involved in the delivery of strategic arts planning at a regional and national level with particular emphasis on cultural diversity.
He was lead researcher for the Cultural Management and Policy Group evaluating the cultural diversity gateway of the New Audiences Programme for Arts Council England in 2002/3. Amongst his publications are a report entitled ‘Fear of the Artist’ produced in 2005 in collaboration with Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre, and funded by NESTA. In 2008 he received a Research Into Teaching Award from the university.
He is Director of the university’s prestigious annual festival, Cultural Exchanges and has developed this major event over the past 14 years. Previous guests include Germaine Greer, Ken Loach, Meera Syal, Grayson Perry, Matthew Bourne and Ben Okri.
In 2012 he conducted research with colleagues on behalf of Leicester City Council into three major arts venues in the city and in 2013 was a mentor on the Performing Arts Leicester ‘Emerging Leaders’ Programme. He is a board member of Nitro Theatre Company.