Clore Leadership Fellow 2018-19

Tom joined Coney in January 2019, and will be around until the end of April. He usually works as the Head of Public Programmes for the National Trust, and he has joined Coney for his secondment while doing the Clore Fellowship 2018/19.

He had heard about Coney’s innovative approach to devising experiences for and with audiences through his work at the National Trust, and from others in the heritage sector. His curiosity has got the better of him, particularly as co-creating and participatory work is where he wants to take his programmes (and knows it is probably the most enjoyable way to do his job).

Tom brings with him experience from archaeology, heritage and museums, as well as contemporary visual arts. He combined these to introduce contemporary arts programming to the National Trust, for example working with Mark Wallinger and Studio Octopi to create Writ in Water in 2018. He now finds ways to explore programmes across the sites, collections and landscapes of the Trust with and for audiences of all kinds – for example Prejudice and Pride (2017), Women and Power (2018), and People’s Landscapes (2019).