Rough Information’s founder, Annette Corbett, is an experienced arts and culture professional with a career that spans a range of organisations and artforms. A natural facilitator, her strengths lie in building relationships, making connections, and using her network of contacts to help bring projects to fruition, whatever the scale or ambition.
After leaving a profession working as a Legal PA for some of the world’s top law firms, Annette began her arts career in earnest supporting the delivery of Arts Council England’s flagship diversity initiative, the decibel Performing Arts Showcase. The 2009 Showcase attracted over 350 delegates from across the world to Manchester, to attend four days of performances, panel discussions and networking.
Since graduating from Goldsmiths College with an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy, Annette’s diverse roles have seen her working across culture, heritage and higher education, from the Southbank Centre to award-winning jazz music education and development agency, Tomorrow’s Warriors.
In her role as a fundraiser, Annette has worked with organisations to review existing fundraising strategies and to develop strategies for raising income from individuals, Trusts and corporates. She has particular expertise in donor stewardship, regular giving and patron scheme management, and has led on the design and delivery of Development events at organisations including Dulwich Picture Gallery and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
As a core consortium member on a proposal to redevelop Ladywell Playtower – a Grade II Listed, former Victorian swimming baths – into a multi-use arts and community hub, Annette is well versed in coordinating project teams and sourcing expert advice to inform complex and high value bids. This £10m+ heritage project involved extensive work around stakeholder engagement strategies, brokering relationships and developing networks.
Annette works as a part-time Writer & Fundraiser for pioneering producing theatre Battersea Arts Centre, and uses her days away from BAC to continue to develop her freelance portfolio and pursue personal projects.
Annette’s career demonstrates a dedication to supporting projects and organisations across a wide range of areas and contexts. She believes wholeheartedly in the potential of arts and culture, not only to entertain and inform, but to effect social change and strengthen communities, and is passionate about utilising her skills and experience in the service of helping to embed excellence, diversity and impact at the heart of arts organisations.