Staff profile: Jessica Ihejetoh, Participation Producer (Heritage)

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When and how you did you come to work at Southbank Centre?

I came to Southbank Centre in Spring 2011. I came right as we started our Festival of Britain celebrations and it was a really exciting period. The Royal Festival Hall turned 60 and there was so much going on! Before this I'd worked at another arts centre and had studied history at university.

What’s your typical day here?

My days vary so much depending on what day of the week it is and what festival I am working on. My work involves meeting lots of different people and groups. Typically I come in and answer my emails but then my day might involve meeting artists and different community groups. 

I also have lots of internal discussions with various teams including Arts Programming and Festivals where we plan our festivals programme together. There is sometimes weekend and evening work because lots of our performances and events happen at these times. However the great thing about this is you get to see amazing shows and performances.

How has your role developed over time?

I originally came to Southbank Centre on a 15-month placement focused on heritage across our site. That involved working on all kinds of things like developing exhibitions and writing our site tour. My work has changed over the years and is now more focused on creative projects that engage a range of people in our festivals programme.

What do you enjoy most about working at Southbank Centre?

My favourite thing about Southbank Centre is the variety of projects and art forms we work with. No projects here are exactly the same. One day I might be doing a singing project with a group of older people, the next day it might be helping to organising speed mentoring for 400 women and girls on the London Eye! The scale of everything is quite large but you get to meet so many people from different backgrounds and experiences.

What advice you would give to someone who is thinking about working here, or in the arts in general?

Well I think you have to love art and enjoy people. Although there is so much happening at Southbank Centre you have to be aware of so many things outside of here, ranging from quite specialist art developments to the news in general and popular culture. I think that you also have to be willing and confident with working with the widest range of people because our audiences are so diverse. However, I think this is the most exciting challenge in our team.

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