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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.


Clients have included supporting Luton Borough Council, MK Gallery, Hull Culture & Leisure and CVAN East to secure strategic funding 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. She has also secured a significant grant from The Wellcome Trust for Invisible Dust and delivered a training and development programme for the National Trust. 'Trust New Art' helped 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. 


Niki is currently Head of Public Programmes at MK Gallery, after leading City Club, a major commissioning and artist development programme for the gallery, which included a new site specific work by Garth Jones and Nils Norman.  She was previously Vice Chair of Norwich Arts Centre and continues to act as a trustee supporting the Artistic Director's income generation plans.


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From 2014 - 2018 Niki has secured over £5 million funding for arts organisations, artists and local authorities from a range of private trusts, foundations and public funds.