Suzie Cross

Suzie has been developing strategies and securing complex funding profiles to support and deliver high quality arts engagement for over 20 years. This includes bridging the gap between business and art, such as her work with Leeds Business Improvement District to develop their creative commissioning work.

In her varying roles, Suzie has managed budgets of up to 1.2 million; produced and curated the city wide Light Night Leeds festival with over 80k attendees; delivered multiple large-scale, complex artistic installations including lighting installations in grade 1 listed buildings and a 7 year, digital art science commission for the Wellcome Trust which uses real time brain connectivity to illuminate glass sculptures. Since 1998, Suzie has supported multiple artists and organisations with strategic thinking and securing funding, and has been instrumental in acquiring over £200K in the last 2 years for artists, including Dave Lynch and Project Nimbus which was seen by over 8 million people worldwide and shortlisted for the £20k inaugural STARTS prize from ARS Electronica.

Strategically her roles have included Beam’s Arts in Place programme, Strategic audience development for Garforth Arts Festival, multi-year arts and regeneration projects for Leeds City Council including Celebrating Creative Communities and developing key business relationships to reposition Leeds Media Centre.