Emma Horsman

Our Director Emma Horsman is currently on maternity leave. Please read Emma’s statement below:

It’s goodbye from me for a while whilst I go off on maternity leave with baby number two.

I’m leaving the Cultural Spring in the capable hands of the team and Emma Scarr and Michael Barrass will be acting up as Co-Directors for the project in my absence.

There are some exciting developments and projects to come over the next few months and I hope you’ll continue to support and get involved in what comes next.

For example, Michael and Emma will be leading on the next application for funding to the Creative People and Places programme which if successful will take us from 2020 – 2023. Please do support us with this, we want to continue to reach more people and provide more opportunities to get involved in the arts.

I look forward to seeing you over the coming months when I come along to Cultural Spring events as an audience member – maybe with a baby and little boy in tow and almost certainly looking tired!

Emma leads the development, implementation and delivery of The Cultural Spring programme. Emma works with the Steering Group, project team and a wide range of stakeholders to commission, produce and manage the successful delivery of the programme. Emma is employed by the University of Sunderland and line-managed by Graeme Thompson, reporting to the Steering Group.  

After graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in English Literature, Emma has held numerous roles in her 11 years in the arts and culture sector in the North East, including Events Organiser for Event International. Between 2005-2008 Emma worked within the Performing Arts and Literature department at Arts Council England North East.

In 2008 Emma joined The Customs House, taking a lead role on the Creative Partnerships programme across North and South Tyneside, embedding Arts Award across the work of the organisation and from 2011-2016 providing vision and leadership for the work of the Cultural Development and Gallery department. Emma has worked with the Cultural Spring since 2013 and had split her time between her Customs House role and as the lead for the Community Engagement element of The Cultural Spring programme before taking on the role of Project Director for The Cultural Spring.