Who Are We? Project
Who Are We? Project
14 - 19 March Tate Exchange
Justin O'Shaughnessy: Counterpoints Arts

Justin O'Shaughnessy: Counterpoints Arts

Justin O'Shaughnessy

Justin is an Independent Producer.

Having studied Drama, Radio, Film and Television at Bristol University in the late 1980s, his work since has encompassed performance, theatre, dance, film, fine art, site-specific, spectacles, festivals and community-based work. Institutionalised for periods – ICA 1993-98 and Rich Mix 2005-08 – he is thankful to more often find himself out in the cold. Projects have included Newham Millennium Celebrations (1998-2000), Live Culture at Tate Modern (2003), Panorama (Notting Hill Carnival) in Hyde Park (2007), Spill Festival of Performance (2009), outdoor projects, Park Nights and Marathons for Serpentine Gallery (2005-12), and Frieze Projects (2014-17). He has also served in the design and communications field, producing print, web and live projects for NGOs, public sector and government departments at UXB London (2001-04). Justin has worked with Counterpoints Arts since 2012 including Everyday on Canalside (2014-) and dis/placed (2015).

As Creative Producer with the charity Shoreditch Trust (2008-15), he led the Creative Mentoring programme and produced the annual large-scale free Shoreditch Festival from 2008-13. Justin has also advised and sat on a number of award panels, including the Sky Arts Ignition Award (five projects of £30,000) and Hackney Learning Trust’s Mayor’s Music Awards (£25,000).

In education, Justin is Professor of Socially Engaged Practice on the Performance and Creative Enterprise BA at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and taught on City University's Creative Cultural Industries Foundation Degree and BA (2009-17) with live project delivery at the Roundhouse, Camden and other venues.

Justin has an MA from the Centre for Urban & Community Research at Goldsmiths, was chair of governors at a large Hackney primary school for eight years and sat as a Non-Executive Director (Board Lead for Performing Arts) of The Learning Trust, Hackney's not-for-profit local education authority from 2008-12. He currently chairs the board of Open School East and the Crux Easton Wind Engine Conservation Trust.