Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP) is delighted to announce that Naomi Miller will be joining the team from November 2018. She will be taking up a new role as deputy director working on the full range of BCDP projects including Festival of Ideas and Festival of the Future City.
Naomi is currently employed at Bristol Cathedral, where she has spent the last four and a half years reinvigorating the cathedral’s fundraising efforts, enhancing the cathedral’s profile and relationship with the wider city, and bringing in new types of programming. During her time there, the cathedral has secured significant gifts from both individual donors and local trusts, and forged new and ongoing partnerships with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. It has become one of the five most visited free visitor attractions in the south west.
I have been a great admirer of the work of the amazing team at BCDP throughout my time in Bristol, as well as being a recipient of their partnership and support. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining them at this exciting, if challenging, moment in the cultural life of the city.
For 25 years BCDP has worked across the city on projects ranging from We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol, its first project) and the Bristol 2008 Capital of Culture bid, through Brunel200 (2006) to Bristol2014 (which commemorated the centenary of the First World War and the city’s role in that and other conflicts). Its current programme focuses on the ongoing year-round Festival of Ideas programme and the biennial Festival of the Future City, though plans are in place for a big city-wide project in 2019 (on the past, present and future of council housing) and Bristol2023, which will mark 650 years of Bristol being a city and county amongst other anniversaries
Andrew Kelly, director, BCDP, commented:
BCDP is a small team that delivers big things. In recent years we have worked closely with Bristol Cathedral and Naomi especially on our First World War project and Festival of Ideas. Bristol and BCDP will benefit hugely from Naomi’s experience, passion and commitment to culture. We’re delighted that she is joining us.’
Prior to her move to the south west, Naomi was responsible for creating the development office at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and supporting the fundraising department of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. She holds a Museology MA from the University of East Anglia and is an alumna of the Common Purpose programme. Naomi plays an active part in the cultural life of Bristol, sitting on the board of the Wardrobe Theatre, the consortium of Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations, the steering group of Bristol Arts Marketing and a DIY Arts Working Group. In her free time, Naomi volunteers for her local Oxfam Bookshop and performs at the Rondo Theatre, Bath.