Gemma Ward

Gemma WardI am a freelance artist who enjoys working in a range of disciplines.  
I trained in photography here in Plymouth and I am a photographer but I also work teaching dance in various contexts, including two primary schools, and alongside this work for a number of creative and arts based projects within the city and region.
I am the programme manager for Take A Part, which is a socially engaged arts project within communities in Plymouth. Within this role I get to work with a huge range of artists and community members on projects as diverse as stone carving to radio broadcasting.
I also coordinate the Plymouth part of the iOrchestra project for the Philharmonia Orchestra which is a strategic touring project designed to engage people with orchestral music.  The project has many different elements and involves working with a huge range of different people and encouraging them to learn about and get involved in something they have never done before.
I also work at the Barbican Theatre in a variety of roles including Front of House Manager and Photographer. I also support some of their performance training classes and companies.  The Barbican Theatre is the place where I learnt a huge amount of what I know now about working creatively and I consider it my second home.
Currently, I am coordinating the volunteer recruitment and training for the upcoming U.Dance 2015 festival in Plymouth, which is a really exciting and vibrant youth dance festival happening in Plymouth in July 2015.
I wanted to be a part of Microbes on the Move as it involved so many of the art forms I enjoy and am passionate about.  I love a challenge and the opportunity to do something new, unique and exciting, so working on this project is a real treat and something I’m sure I will always remember