Cilla Baynes is a founder member of CAN and has recently been awarded an MBE. She was also declared the winner of the Arts Award category at the Inspiring Women Awards in 2007, sponsored by Arts Council England. Cilla has worked for over 30 years in the arts, mainly in the community/participatory sector and her work has reached communities in the North West, London and other parts of the UK.
Originally trained at The New College of Speech and Drama, Cilla is a pioneer of participatory arts production and its workshop methodologies, with both excluded and culturally diverse communities. In recent years, she has overseen the development of one of Britain’s major refugee arts programmes, CAN’s Exodus Greater Manchester Refugee Arts programme. The Creative Director post is the most senior post within Community Arts North West and the most crucial in terms of leading the organisation’s pioneering work with excluded communities.
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