CGO was established by Chris Grady in 2007 as a focus for the continuation of 30 years of arts management roles both full-time, freelance, and one off consultancy. Chris is joined by a number of Associates and his co-director Kath Burlinson who each bring expertise within a diverse range of fields and cultures.
We provide arts marketing, development and project management services as well as mentoring, facilitation and consultancy for arts managers, producers and creatives. Alongside this we are being asked to make available these services for the wellness/alternative health sectors, and to the conference and commercial events sector. We look forward to these opportunities.
Please move to individual pages for more information on:
Professional Development Days for Business Leaders – The Art of Being Heard (new dates added to May 2014)
One-to-one mentor/coach sessions for creative practitioners – CGO Surgeries (new dates added to June 2014)
A global music and storytelling project to reach every country on earth – StoryMusic 2020
Conference and Team gathering facilitation with Open Space Technology – Facilitation
“Chris has a love of possibility and a love of connection – a natural maven and an alert listener, you’ll be given his complete attention and come away on fire and in focus. He understands that sharing knowledge makes us all richer.”
- Peta Lily, Theatremaker and Dark Clown Researcher, on CGO Surgeries
Contracts in 2013 include working for Anglia Ruskin University (MA Arts Management), DxL Creations Tokyo (theatrical division of Sega Sammy) and Kolomna KAL (Russian product development and Norfolk cultural tourism centre). Supported by Arts Council England, we offer monthly surgeries for individual creative artists and professionals, Open Space facilitation, Art of Being Heard professional impact training and consultancy as associates with Wonderbird.
The challenge is sometimes to describe what CGO does – given a mix of russian sweets, musical theatre, health service facilitation, mentoring surgeries, and teaching – there is a common theme…I think…its about Making Connections. We help people find their way with clearer thought or better contacts. We seek to help people find their voice and be heard. We hope to inspire people to answer poet Mary Oliver’s challenge “Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?”
Based in the United Kingdom, the organisation works from the heart of Suffolk and Central London.