Manchester International Festival (Access Consultant)
The Manchester International Festival is a biennial international arts festival, with a specific focus on original new work. They have set up a Disabled Peoples Engagement Group to assess the accessibility of their new cultural space – The Factory – to be opened in 2021.
GM4Women2028 (Steering Committee Member)
GM4Women2028 are a coalition of influential women dedicated to advancing the gender equality agenda across Greater Manchester.
Breakthrough UK (Trustee)
Breakthrough UK is a Manchester based disabled people’s organisation. They are led by disabled people and support other disabled people to work and live independently.
Peoples History Museum (Advisor)
The Peoples History Museum is a national museum of democracy. They are currently working on a long term project called Nothing About Us Without Us to re-examine how they present the history of disability activism.
Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People Campaigning Group (Member)
GMCDP support disabled people to lead full and independent lives. Their campaigning group oversees the organisation’s campaigning strategy and priorities for disabled people in Greater Manchester.
Drake Music (Associate Artist and Trainer)
Drake Music are leaders in music, disability and technology. Their vision is a world where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals. They run various courses including ‘Inclusion & Music Tech in Practice’. This course is designed and delivered by expert Disabled trainers with lived and sector experience.
Metal Culture (Change Maker Artist)
Metal is an artistic laboratory championing the need for investment in artistic innovation in the UK, and proving practical support to practicing artists.
Gemma is a fabulous addition to the GM4Women2028 coalition. Dr Helen Pankhurst, CBE
Gemma is able to work with a high level of sensitivity to the needs of participants and is able to provide concise reports with practical recommendations for improving provision. I would highly recommend her work. Ben Ballad, Programme Manager, Sharpham Trust
Gemma’s delivery for the training was excellent. All my team felt very well engaged, and the training gave them the opportunity to think more specifically about different people’s needs. A very positive experience for everyone! Liz O’Neill, Chief Executive , Z-Arts
I am impressed by the range and quality of Gemma’s work … her music technology skills and interest in intersectionality make her sound work artistically strong with a real sense of passion, purpose and intrigue. Carien Meijer, Chief Executive, Drake Music
Both Gemma and Gareth share exciting enquiry questions around the queer and disabled body; and the authentic and augmented voice with a keen interest in the use of technology. It is vital that these new voices are heard. Mark Richards, Director, Metal Culture