Alicia Smith, Arts and Participation Manager

Alicia currently heads up our Arts and Participation team, leading on arts, participation, engagement and strategic cultural development for the city. She heads up a team that develop participation programmes and artistic commissions to enhance and animate the major events programme. Alicia oversees the main funding programme for our cultural organisations through the Culture Liverpool Investment Programme and has recently commissioned studies into the social impact of arts, future funding models and UNESCO City of Music. She is also lead officer for Culture Liverpool Arts Council National Portfolio status ACE NPO.

Alicia was part of the award-winning 2008 European Capital of Culture Bid and Delivery teams and developed many participation projects, which have been identified as models of national good practice by ACE and DCMS. As part of the Creative Communities Team she was integral in using cultural tools and experiences to promote renewal and regeneration through people and their communities, dovetailing with both local and national action plans and policies for regeneration.

She has experience in producing large scale multi partnership cultural projects across a wide-range of art forms regionally, nationally and internationally. Her previous projects have included creative production of “Portrait of a Nation” – a national project exploring themes around identity in young people and involving 17 UK cities, the finale of which was part of the closing ceremony for European Capital of Culture 2008 and more recently produced the ‘Sgt Pepper at 50’ celebrations with 13 new commissions and world premieres across a 3 week period. Alicia also led on participation, engagement and education programmes linked to the international street theatre company Royal De Luxe who have brought two Giant Spectaculars to the City, ‘Sea Odyssey’ in 2012 and ‘Memories of August 1914’ in 2014. Both of which actively engaged thousands of local people in these huge outdoor events as both performers and writers.

Alicia is a national and international advisor on best practice for Culture programmes and is a key note speaker on various platforms on Liverpool 08 experiences and journey.

Currently developing the City’s Cultural calendar for 2018’s 10th anniversary programme of European Capital of Culture 2008.