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Niki Braithwaite

Niki has over twenty five years of experience working within the cultural sector and a strong track record in strategic business planning, project implementation, fundraising and capital development.


Since 2010 she has worked as a cultural consultant and provided interim cover for leadership roles at MK Gallery (Deputy Director/Head of Operations), Smiths Row (Director) and Wysing Arts Centre (Development Manager). For Wysing she developed a new partnership working strategy and had success in generating additional new sources of income from ACE and Trusts and Foundations. As Director for Smiths Row she refreshed the organisation’s vision, creating more opportunities for emerging artists and developed an expanded programme of activities to foster artist and audience engagement.   At MK Gallery she supported the development of the business plan which led to a successful £11million capital project to transform the existing gallery space. 


Niki’s consultancy work has included successful funding bids and project management services for a range of clients including Norwich City Council, Luton Borough Council, John Clare Cottage, and Norwich Arts Centre. She has also supported many individual artists and artist collectives to develop and achieve funding for their work.


Recent projects have included supporting Luton Borough Council, MK Gallery, Hull Culture & Leisure and CVAN East to secure strategic funds from ACE; writing successful funding and NPO bids for Invisible Dust, Wysing Arts Centre and Bedford Creative Arts; working with Leeds City Art Gallery on a capital funding bid and achieving three year funding for phase 2 of Market Place, a Creative People and Places project in Fenland and Forest Heath.


Niki is currently leading a city-wide commissioning and artist development programme for MK Gallery, City Club, which includes a major new site specific work by Garth Jones and Nils Norman and also delivering a training and development programme for the National Trust. The Trust New Art programme will help develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of visitor staff, volunteers and curators in working with contemporary art in NT properties across the East of England.  She has been Vice Chair of Norwich Arts Centre and continues to be a trustee supporting the Artistic Director to develop its income generation.


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In the last four years Niki has secured over £4 million funding for arts organisations, artists and local authorities from a range of private trusts, foundations and public funds.