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Jackie Friend

Jackie is Head of Communications (Maternity Cover for JoJo Tyhurst). She trained in Fine Art Sculpture at St. Martin’s and Central Schools of Art and worked at the Hackney Empire and Astoria theatres before becoming a touring arts marketing trainee with Arts Council England specialising in contemporary dance. 
She has over 18 years’ arts marketing and development experience and has worked with festivals, British and international dance, literature, theatre and circus companies including LIFT, Talawa Theatre Company, Apples and Snakes, Crying Out Loud, Shubbak Festival, Rambert Dance Company and Dance Umbrella. 
At Crying Out Loud she was part of the successful Arts Council England Strategic Touring funded Circus Evolution project bringing more contemporary circus to more people across the UK and the large-scale outdoor celebrations at Somerset House for the 250th anniversary of the formation of the modern circus featuring Gandini Juggling, Far From The Norm and Marawa the Amazing. She is committed to increasing access and engagement with arts and culture, and passionate about the vital role of lived experiences, collaborating and staying curious.
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