Creative Team Salford

Angus Farquhar
Creative Director, NVA
Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA was born in Aberdeenshire in 1961 and grew up in Edinburgh. A degree in English and Drama at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, led to 10 years as a core member of Test Dept, a radical music collective based in New Cross, South London. Returning to Scotland in 1989, Angus re-initiated the Beltane Fire Festival and has produced and directed NVA’s temporary and permanent public art works and events since its inception in 1992.

Sharon Watson
Sharon was appointed as the 7th Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre in May 2009, having danced with the Company from 1989 to 1997 and toured internationally as Rehearsal Director from 2000 to 2006. Her own company ABCD was formed in 1998. Focusing largely on working with live music, ABCD has toured both nationally and internationally. In 2010 she was named as one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s ‘Women to Watch’, a list of 50 influential women working in arts and culture in the UK selected by distinguished figures from the cultural and creative industries. She is currently undertaking Leadership Advance, funded by Arts Council England. Her latest work Repetition of Change will premiere as part of Phoenix’s 2013 Particle Velocity programme.

Phil Supple
Lighting Designer
Phil grew up in Croydon, South London and studied Archaeology at Newcastle University. Graduating in 1992, he returned south for summer jobs with L.B. Lambeth Arts & Ents, working on free public events. Two decades later, Phil is a Lighting Designer specialising in outdoor, site specific and landscape projects. Recent work includes Aisling’s Children for Homecoming 2009, Northumberland Lights and The Electric Forest with Culture Creative and The Mill Project , highly commended at The Lighting Design Awards 2011. This is Phil’s third project with NVA. /

James Johnson
James studied at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, gaining a Masters in Industrial Design Engineering. He has since gone on to work with some of the world’s most prestigious design offices in London, Paris and Japan, with furniture designer Jasper Morrison, architect Norman Foster, architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava and has worked in the past with NVA on numerous projects. He specialises in the design of product, furniture, lighting and bespoke interactive installations, for a diverse range of clients.