I first met Elizabeth Lynch when we were on the same Coaching for Leadership programme in 2010. She is an experienced arts leader and consultant, freelance producer, director, evaluator and coach. A fascinating and inspiring person, Elizabeth has a real commitment to working with arts organisations focussing on young people and communities.
Elizabeth has worked on projects for the Wellcome Collection, Royal Opera House Bridge, People’s Palace Projects, Oily Cart Theatre. During 2010-11 she was Creative Learning Associate for McMcArts on BLINK Margate with Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Scanner and Pan Optikum and was a Director at the Roundhouse, 2001-8 and established the Tower Hamlets Summer University for 12-25 year olds, 1996-2001.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
Connect artists with people in meaningful ways
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
Jenny Harris because she really made a difference to individual lives through all her work eg at The Albany in Deptford and National Theatre Education Department. She also influenced the whole socially engaged arts practice dialogue in the UK and internationally, especially through her work in eastern Europe. An inspiration, a mentor and a friend.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
You don't have to fix everything!
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Stop, walk, talk to someone else about it, preferably in another sphere of practice.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?