Kerenza McClarnan

Arts Development Programme Manager

Kerenza graduated from her degree in Art History and Design from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998 and then later an MA in Museum Studies in 2000. Since then Kerenza has worked as an assistant curator of photography at Bradford Media Museum, the Public Art and Architecture Officer at Arts Council England North West, finally becoming a freelance creative producer in 2005. Kerenza has been fortunate to develop some large scale projects for Channel 4, Liverpool Capital of Culture and Liverpool Biennial and has spent much of her career working within what is often referred to as socially engaged practice; developing projects in collaboration with artists and communities often in outdoor or site-specific locations.

In recent years Kerenza has been a recurring producer for Manchester International Festival producing key commissions such as Jeremy Deller’s Procession (2009) and the opening event What is the City, but the People? in 2017. Since 2021 Kerenza has been working with Pendle based organisation In-Situ, to set up an arts and regeneration funded programme called This Is Nelson, to engage the diverse communities of Nelson in a broad programme of creative projects about their town. By embedding arts and culture into everyday life, Kerenza believes that art has the potential to be truly transformative and positively impact people and their lives.

Kerenza has a background in permaculture and organic growing and has an interest in medicinal herbs and plants for everyday health and skincare. She currently lives in Manchester.

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