PROJECT MANAGER & SOCIAL CHANGE INITIATOR
Christopher Saunders is a motivator and a social change initiator. He was creative producer for fifteen years with arts and social justice organisation Big hART and was General Manager of Renew Newcastle for five years. Renew Newcastle enabled creative enterprises to flourish and bring life back to a desolate cityscape as well as inform urban development decision-making.
Christopher’s ‘hands on’ collaborative approach has helped deliver some extraordinary benefits for whole communities. These include the restoration of an arthouse cinema in Newcastle; international recognition for the Northcott public housing estate in Sydney; and collaborative business opportunities for numerous creative industries.
2019-present | Singleton Council
Role: Specialist Arts and Culture
Developing and writing Arts and Culture Policy and Strategy documents.
Liaising with the community and project management team during the design and build of an Arts and Cultural Centre.
Developing operation plan and program for Arts and Cultural Centre.
Initiating public art projects.
2019 | University of Newcastle
Role: Sessional Academic School of Creative Industries
2014-2019 | Renew Newcastle
Roles: General Manager, Property Coordinator & Project Support
Key project: Revitalising Newcastle Station
2017-present | Renew Newcastle
Role: Property Coordinator & Project Support
Key projects: Revitalising Newcastle Station; The Emporium (Newcastle City); The Roost; Clock Tower Studios; Newcastle Writers Festival; Newcastle Youth Orchestra.
To identify vacant properties in Newcastle and liaise with owners and agents to activate these properties under the Renew Newcastle scheme. The position also involved coordinating suitable creative enterprises in the ‘lease’ of these properties and advice on the fit out of the premises. Support participants in their creative business development and personal career trajectory.
2011-present | Redfish Bluefish
Role: Creative Producer
Develop opportunities for creative participation in community-based activities utilising: live performance, film (production and screenings), photography and visual arts.
2012-2014 | Regal Cinema
Role: Producer & Project Manager
Facilitating the rebuilding and re-imagination of the Regal Cinema as a multipurpose community venue and art house cinema.