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Hi, I am Nick Jones
Director, Transported

Nick is the Director of Transported, the Arts Council-funded Creative People and Places programme for Boston and South Holland. Nick first moved to Lincoln in 1982 to work for Lincoln Community Arts. He later founded the artsNK rural arts team, reflecting his commitment to socially-engaged practice.

Nick’s role

Nick was instrumental in the development of the initial Transported proposal to Arts Council England. The project aimed to develop a new and innovative programme that reached the least engaged people in Boston and South Holland, and then to develop partnerships to build ambition and appetite for more.

Nick’s role is to work with partners to create projects that respond to the needs and opportunities of the area, making a tangible contribution to ensuring Boston and South Holland is a great place to live, work and visit. Now in the third phase of the ten year programme, Nick manages the Transported team based at the University, as well as committed and experienced freelance specialists that are able to bring the capabilities and capacities needed to deliver the full programme of work.


A bit of background

Nick graduated from North East London Polytechnic in 1982 having studied sculpture, including a residency to learn Bronze casting at Syracuse University. Nick moved to Wales to set up a community project in Lampeter and then on to Lincoln to work for LCA, where he was involved with the first Lincoln Community Play and the development of the Lincoln May Festival, and specifically the spectacular May Day parades.

Nick left LCA to take on the May Festival Coordinator post and then, as co-founder of Dancing Tiger, toured Spain to research festivals and flamenco and to perform a devised visual street theatre piece.

From there he became manager of the artsNK programme, where he oversaw the development of the extensive public realm programme leading to the creation and commissioning of over 200 public artworks and the development of Spires and Steeples and Ridges and Furrows trails across North Kesteven.

As Director of Transported, Nick has relished the challenge of navigating the barriers to engagement by building dynamic and purposeful projects that have created amazing artworks, festivals and arts experiences. He is looking forward to bridging the creative community learning opportunities of the programme with the students and academic staff of the College of Arts and other schools within the University.