Rough Information founder, Annette Corbett, is an experienced arts and culture professional with a career that spans a range of roles, organisations and artforms. From organisational development and fundraising, to producing, research and administration, she offers a broad perspective across all areas of strategy, policy and delivery. A natural facilitator, her strengths lie in building relationships, identifying connections, and applying her networks and initiative in bringing projects to fruition.
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 400 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. Freelance clients have included the likes of Oily Cart, site-specific theatre specialists Teatro Vivo, and The Ingenious Group.
In her role as a fundraiser, Annette has worked with organisations to review existing fundraising processes 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 extended her international networks as a 2017-2019 Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), and continues to establish and consolidate relationships with arts professionals and cultural leaders across the UK and beyond.
Annette currently works as part time Fundraising Manager (Trusts & Foundations) for pioneering arts organisation and producing theatre Battersea Arts Centre, alongside providing freelance general manager support for Artistic Directors of the Future, the UK’s first organisation dedicated to diversifying leadership at executive and decision-making level within theatre and the arts. She uses any time outside these roles 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 to embed excellence, diversity and impact at the heart of arts organisations.