Jenny Waterson


I’m an artist/maker and an exhibitions/engagement-curator, based in Manchester.

I work with artists and communities to make art and creative experiences happen in gallery, heritage and found environments.  I’m also an artist and maker myself, working in woven and stitched textiles.

I have 30 years experience working in museums, galleries and the creative industries and specialise in:

  • Creative Engagement
  • Exhibitions
  • Artist Commissions
  • Museum collections
  • Learning resources
  • Project management
  • Partnership working
  • Grant funding.

I have a degree in Textile Design from Trent University and a masters degree in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art in London. This helped me to take my creativity and love for colour and textiles into industry as an automotive colour and trim designer. I’ve also run my own design consultancy business and worked as a curator in galleries and museums, most recently at Gawthorpe Textiles Collections in Padiham, running the learning and contemporary exhibitions programmes. I previously worked at Waterside Arts in Sale, Manchester, where I was Exhibitions Curator and Family Club workshop leader.

I’m passionate about how people can discover their own creativity and come together in communities to learn new skills. And have fun supporting each other socially!