Coventry Great Place Scheme
While Coventry was gearing up to be UK City of Culture in 2021, the Great place scheme delivered by Jacqui Ibbotson, lay the foundations for the city’s spotlight year by building a strong cultural offer and piloting new performance ideas inspired by the city’s
people and places. The Coventry Great Place Scheme, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England, lit up the city in new and unusual ways.
The Fateful Voyage Pilot 2018
Alex Jennings took part in rehearsals and workshops to explore the potential of a new staged biography of Rupert Brooke, F.S.Kelly and William Denis Browne. This Arts Council R & D project was a collaboration between the Oxford Centre for Life Writing and Oxford Arts Consultants. The piece is an adaptation of the triple biography by Kate Kennedy and combined Opera, Dance and Theatre to great effect.
Shakespeare Oxford 2016
Throughout 2016, Oxford marked Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in public libraries, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs, concert halls, at Carnival – and under the stars. Jacqui Ibbotson coordinated the festival commissioned by the Bodleian Libraries, Oxfordshire County Library Service, the University of Oxford English Faculty, Blackwell’s Booksellers, Oxford University Press and Experience Oxfordshire.
Find Your Voice 2015
In 2015, Jacqui Ibbotson and Euton Daley managed the Find Your Voice project for the Oxfordshire Library Service working with more than 400 young people on a project across 14 libraries and at the Houses of Parliament. By the end of the year, participants had made videos, devised plays, made soundscapes and written poems expressing their views on how we live today and what they wanted to change.
The Man behind the Motor
In 2014 Jacqui Ibbotson designed and delivered the pilot of a new cultural tour for Experience Oxfordshire. The Man behind the Motor was a day tour which included a guided visit to Nuffield College, Nuffield Place and MINI Plant Oxford revealing new research about William Morris of Oxford's famous Morris Motors.
Cultural Olympiad 2012
A £1 million partnership project for the Cultural Olympiad seen by 20,000 people with 2,000 participants from across the Thames Valley. Jacqui Ibbotson applied for grants from Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England for a Cultural Olympiad project, Tree of Light and, together with partner local authority grants was awarded over one million pounds to deliver this two year project. The Performance Director was Charlie Morrissey, design installation by Block9 and composer was Orlando Gough.
Music from the Genome
A season of science and arts in Oxfordshire to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. Supported by Jacqui Ibbotson, the highlight of the season was a Sci-Music project initiated by anaethesist, Dr Andrew Morely to discover if there was gene for musicality. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and premiered at the Diamond Light Source it featured a composition by composer Michael Zev Gordon and was performed by the New London Chamber Choir.
Christmas Light Night
As part of the team at Oxford Inspires, Jacqui Ibbotson initiated Oxford’s first Christmas celebration in 2007 which built over 6 years to a much loved annual one night celebration, attracting more than 30,000 people. Each year the event involves outdoor art installations, a children’s lantern procession and dance stage and a range of cultural activities in museums and galleries across the City.
In 2009, Jacqui Ibbotson commissioned Folk Song expert, Tim Healey, to research songs which originated in Oxfordshire since it had been named 'Oxfordshire' in 1007, presenting the music plus a description of the history of each song. The most well known song which was first heard of the streets of Oxford was 'Early One Morning'. A publication was produced in partnership with 'Sing London', distributed to music teachers in all the schools in Oxfordshire and launched in Oxford's Central Library.