Photo by Brenna Duncan
Jennifer Crook is an independent Producer and Director with a passion for delivering challenging
participatory events in public spaces, worldwide. She has over 16 years experience creating ambitious and
award-winning interdisciplinary projects in a diverse range of locations, from rooftops to pavements, clifftops to forest floors - working artists including Olafur Eliasson, Danny Boyle, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Jeremy Deller.
For the last sixteen years, Jennifer has led critically acclaimed projects for some of the UK's most celebrated arts organisations, including Artichoke Trust, Tate, Artangel, 14-18 NOW, London International Festival of Theatre and the London 2012 Festival. She has delivered some of the largest UK-wide arts projects in history - including 'we're here because we're here' with Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris - one of the most ambitious arts participation projects ever staged in the UK, reaching 42 million people, and 'Pages of the Sea' by Danny Boyle - a major simultaneous UK-wide commemoration of Armistice reaching 48% of the UK adult population and winning the Sky Visual Arts Award 2019 (both for for 14-18 NOW ).
As Producer for the London 2012 Festival - a UK wide cultural event that reached 20 million people, Jennifer managed a complex portfolio of 30 national arts projects for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - including ‘Piccadilly Circus Circus’, involving the largest central London closure since VE Day, Elizabeth Streb’s ‘One Extraordinary Day’ and Jeremy Deller’s ‘Sacrilege’, which has since toured the globe. She has held key management roles at major performing arts festivals worldwide, including Glastonbury Festival, End of the Road Festival, Burning Man (USA) and the British Council, as Director of the UK/India Year of Culture 2017.
Jennifer is a born producer, most at home when navigating between the vision of an idea and how to brilliantly realise it - working with artists, communities and technical teams. From building (and burning) a 72ft community-built temple in a contested interface area set between Protestent and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland, to re-enacting the largest rebellion of enslaved people in US history in the Deep South at a time of deep political and social division, she has built a national reputation for working collaboratively with artists to realise their ambitions and make the impossible, possible.
Jennifer is currently Ambassador for Festivals and Signature Events for Sadiq Khan as part of Mayor of London's Cultural Leadership Board, helping shape his vision for culture in the capital until 2021.
'I worked closely with Jennifer throughout the lead up to, and delivery of, the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I relied on her continually throughout this project, and she never failed to deliver - always with incredible energy, humour and collaboration. She is absolutely brilliant at what she does - I have never worked with anyone better. Since 2012, I have seen her go on to achieve even greater heights and increasingly challenging projects. I have regularly seen ideas she has produced in development and thought 'that is impossible - but if anyone can, Jen can!' and sure enough, some of the most exceptional projects have come to life. Behind nearly every major public commission over the last 10 years, is Jennifer Crook.'
Sally Shaw MBE - Director of Firstsite Gallery,
previously Head of Culture for the Mayor of London