NWFED News: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Dwight Clarke

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Dwight is our newest member of the NWFed board and joined us in summer 2021, bringing extensive experience in the creative industries in a wide range of roles.

He has worked on a number of of fine art and community projects, gaining hands-on experience of working with the general public as a workshop and gallery assistant and also taking on strategic roles, including as a Board Director, Trustee and Development Co=ordinator. These opportunities contributed to his strong, sustainable understanding of the creative industries, its drivers, constraints and opportunities.

He has a deep knowledge and cultural understanding of Community Interest Companies which encouraged people from ethnic minorities to embrace art and craft as therapy for mental health and wellbeing. Dwight says, “I’m passionate about giving back to local communities by creating workshops and activities that can change their lives. I contributed to a concept creation supporting local women experiencing mental health issues and social anxieties to set up their own creative enterprises. This programme was nominated as a finalist in the Manchester Cultural Awards 2018.”

Dwight’s work as Development Co-ordinator for an Arts Collective was focused on supporting and being a critical friend to many North West based emerging artists, giving them platforms to share their vision with a wider audience. Most recently he has contributed to the focus group Think Tank, overseeing the transition and the new visual identity for Platt Hall in Manchester moving from being the Gallery of Costume to a neighbourhood hub.

Dwight says, “I’m currenting working for Manchester Art Gallery in the public-facing role of Visitor Services Officer which keeps me connected to the arts in Manchester and beyond. I’m a strong believer in diversity and inclusion, and using art as a platform accessible to all, whatever their job role, heritage, and ethnicity and that’s where NWFed comes in as an organisation for like-minded people.”

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