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Baseline Shift was established in 2002 by graphic designer, visual artist and musician Tommy Anderson.

 

As a graphic designer I work to deliver innovative and exciting design, print and new media solutions for public, private and voluntary sector clients. Recent projects include publications, identity, branding, exhibition/display graphics, illustration and promotional films. I also have several years experience curating exhibitions in gallery and public spaces, overseeing and delivering everything from promotional material and catering to installation and legacy documentation.

My personal creative practice combines photography, typography, aerosol art, visual/audio collage and music – celebrating beauty in the mundane and overlooked. As a member of music industry award winning ‘Guessmen’, I have released a number of studio recordings and remixes on international labels, performed across the UK, and produced soundtracks for film, animation and television.

I’m an experienced arts facilitator and mentor managing and delivering progressive participatory and educational arts programmes inspired by my practice. I believe that not everyone can be a great artist, but great art can come from anywhere, and I’m passionate about providing creative opportunities for people who wouldn’t usually have access to the arts. I work with people of all ages and circumstance to explore a wide range of artistic processes, to gain understanding, enjoyment and reward from what they are doing.

As a mentor I’ve worked with artists and students wanting to develop their practice and learn more about working in participatory settings. I’ve also mentored high risk young people and vulnerable adults to provide help and advice on learning new skills, training and employment opportunities within the creative sector. I’ve delivered facilitation and digital media training for artists, students and staff at arts organisations, museums, galleries and social services. Training has involved exploring participatory arts practice and the practicalities of developing and sustaining a successful arts programme. In a consultancy capacity I have worked with a number of organisations to explore the key issues around participatory practice, the notion of artistic quality in participatory arts, participant-centred activity, and effective methods to record impact and progression.

I would consider myself a driven and organised individual with a clear vision of what I want to achieve within my work, backed up with the passion to reflect on my practice, it’s direction and the impact it has on others. I am proficient in developing long-term workshop programmes, sourcing and hiring additional artists, managing budgets and print processes. I am able to deal with challenging workloads on several projects simultaneously, prioritise tasks and action responses in all areas of these projects. I possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills, can develop and maintain relationships and sustain positive momentum on projects over a long period of time providing creative direction and leadership.

 

Tel: 07787 577 855 | Email: tommy@baselineshift.co.uk

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