Ruth Hecht

I’ve been a producer, an arts manager, a programmer, a curator, a researcher, a networker, an arts development worker, an Arts Council officer… and currently I’m Bristol Dance Futures Advocate – working for a consortium of organisations and artists: Pavilion Dance South West, Theatre Bristol, Tobacco Factory Theatres, In Between Time, Circomedia, Trinity Community Arts, independent dance artist Laila Diallo and independent producer Katy Noakes.

Since January 2018 I’ve taken on the year long role of Dance Futures Advocate for Bristol – advocating for Bristol’s dance sector both within the city and regionally / nationally.

I’ve lived and worked in Bristol for many years, so I’m coming into the role with my eyes open, and feel really positive about what can be achieved to ‘join the dots’ between Bristol’s dancers and people in the wider cultural sector – not to mention in other contexts such as health, education and community development.

I’ve been embedded in the arts since the early ‘80s when I started my career by working for a community theatre and publishing company in Dorset. Since then I’ve always focused on working with artists to produce high quality experiences for people who traditionally don’t access the arts. I have always flitted between being self-employed as a producer / arts manager and being employed. Some of the organisations I’ve worked with and for are: Arts and Health South West, Knowle West Media Centre, Community at Heart, Dorchester Arts Centre, Bristol Culture, St. Paul’s Carnival, the Misfits, Desperate Men, Avon Community Arts Network, Arts Council England, at- Bristol, and City of Bath College. My last job which I did from 2013 until July 2017 was managing Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s and M Shed’s temporary exhibitions and events programme, where, amongst many other things, I advocated for more diverse performance in museums.

Over the years I’ve produced and managed artists; programmed performance, exhibitions and events in diverse and unusual settings; been a champion for the creative case for diversity, and supported the arts sector through research, strategic planning, and advocacy.