Who we are

Clare Cumberlidge established Clare Cumberlidge & Co in 2010, building on 20 years experience in the cultural sector.

As co-founder of General Public Agency (2003 – 2010) she developed an influential programme of research and practice within the public realm. General Public Agency worked for private and public sector clients in the culture and regeneration sectors and was staffed by an interdisciplinary team of artists, architects and researchers.

During her directorship at General Public Agency Clare directed numerous projects including: the Arts Council England 60th Anniversary Campaign, the strategic 'Benchmarking Report on Visitor Engagement' for the National Trust, a feasibility study on slides as a form of public transportation for Carsten Holler and the Tate Gallery and the 'Social and Cultural Survey of Shoreditch and Hoxton' for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Additional large scale projects at GPA included the Kings Cross Central Public Realm and Public Art Strategy for Argent plc.; and the culture and regeneration programme 'Thurrock: A Visionary Brief in The Thames Gateway'.

Prior to establishing GPA, Clare was an independent curator. Between 1994 -1999 she worked with the National Science Museum, initiating and delivering their pioneering programme of art commissioning. As co-director (with Virginia Nimarkoh) of Breathing Space: the Holly Street Public Art project (1995), she produced a ground breaking programme of socially engaged art projects. Other significant curatorial projects include 'Wonderful: Visions of A near Future', a Wellcome Trust and NESTA project exploring art and science collaborations (Arnolfini and touring); 'Sin Frontera; Chicano Art of the Border States', (Cornerhouse and touring 1993), and 'Exotic Excursions' (co-curated with Virginia Nimarkoh), the 1995 launch exhibition for The Institute of International Visual Arts.

Clare is a leading commentator on the future of cultural policy and practice. She co-authored the Thames and Hudson publication 'Design and Landscape for People - New Approaches to Renewal' with Lucy Musgrave, and produced the Bridget Smith publication 'Society', co-published with SteidlMack. She has served in numerous advisory roles including: Arts Panel member of the RSA, member of the RSA Art and Architecture Panel, advisory group member of 'Play and Risk', the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation research project. She was a panel member of the CABE/DfL 2012 Design Advisory Panel and a CABE Space Enabler. She is currently a Board member of the Autonomous Organization and a member of the Stanley Picker Gallery Advisory Board.