Arts Emergency

Dom Kippen

Arts development officer for the borough of Poole

Studied music (composition) under- and post-grad at Uni. Started working in local bookshop PT and ended up managing branches. Moved to head office to run Events and PR programme before working in Community Marketing. After short spell working in marketing at contemporary craft gallery I moved into local government arts, starting with literature development – setting up networking events, running a book festival, numerous creative projects – before leading on a UK City of Culture bid. Then moved onto to lead on arts for another authority.

Have really just followed where my interests have led me, and I’ve volunteered because it can be hard to believe you can do that and make a living!