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Peter Jenkinson OBE

Independent Cultural Broker & Honorary Fellow (2015)

Peter Jenkinson OBE is an Independent Cultural Agent and Cultural Broker with over 20 years of experience in the cultural sector. He is the founder of openº, a platform for civic imagination and renewal, and the founding director of Creative Partnerships, the first nationally-coordinated and £110 million government-funded programme designed to engender creative learning in schools.

From 2006-2011 Peter was an official advisor on the post-conflict art programme for Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland, and a member of the city’s successful bid team to become the first UK City of Culture in 2013. He was Chair of the International Symposium at the first Post-War Arts and Culture Festival in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan~Iraq in 2009 and Chair of the Contemporary Art Iraq Symposium at Cornerhouse Manchester in 2010. These experiences of zones of conflict and post-conflict led in 2011 to his co-founding Culture+Conflict of which he is an associate.

Peter has also worked with the British Council on its global strategy for culture and development; Channel 4 on their Big Art Project television series; Salzburg Global Senimar as advisor and facilitator on peacebuilding and innovation;and the London International Festival of Theatre as co-curator and many more artists, activists and agencies.

In 2015 Arts University Plymouth awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Peter Jenkinson OBE in recognition of his passionate advocacy and achievements in arts and culture engagements in a global context.

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