Inspired by Ken Robinson’s TED talk about ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’, the organisation was established in 2011 to stimulate creative learning outside of the context of traditional education - everyone can be inspired to connect with their creativity.
We create inspirational experiences that connect people with 21st century arts and culture and believe in the ability that the arts has to connect people - these connections are the glue that drive culture forward. Culture is not stagnant - new approaches and new voices are always relevant in our work. We will never have reached enough people and are relentlessly ambitious about the impact our work can achieve.
Inspirate's core business is in the creation of festivals, events and creative engagement programmes. Our expertise spans across a plethora of art forms, including music, dance, theatre, outdoor spectacles, carnival, visual, digital, film and education. We are adept at reaching diverse audiences that represent contemporary Great Britain; Inspirate seeks to inspire people from all walks of life.
MEET OUR TEAM
Jiten Anand, Director
Co-Founder of Inspirate, Jiten Anand is also co-chair of Leicester Arts Festivals, Director of New Art Exchange and Trustee of Pedestrian. He has completed the Clore, Curve and De Montfort University cultural leadership programmes. Over the years, Jiten has led projects with partners such as Royal Collection Trust, Sony TV, State Bank of India and Together TV.
Sean Carroll, Director
Joining the team in 2015, Sean Carroll is also on the board of Leicester's Cultural Quarter Association and has an extensive background in delivering large-scale festivals and events. He has helped to bring exciting innovations to our organisation by leading cutting-edge projects, such as award winning, Bring The Paint international and a prolific series of digital arts programmes.
Co-founder of Inspirate, Suraj has an expertise in financial management for not-for-profit organisations, as well as event managing large-scale festivals and events. He has a background in project management and working with local authorities.
MEET OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Ben Fredericks is an experienced producer and artist. He has run projects for the British Council and galleries across England, including Camden Art Centre, Spike Island and The Baltic. Ben has also worked with disabled artists for 10+ years, bringing a wealth of new experience to the team. He has training under the Clore Leadership Programme and financial training through Sayer Vincent Accountants.
Sunita Patel has taken on numerous roles within marketing and business development, including Senior Business Development Manager for Curve Theatre, Senior Marketing Manager for Well & Truly and most recently, Senior Public Engagement Officer at De Montfort University. As an avid and long-term supporter of Inspirate, Sunita has brought on exciting new enthusiasm, as well as vast expertise to the organisation.
Bipin Anand has set up, directed and managed a large variety of cultural and media based companies. His breadth of knowledge ranges from directing large-scale festivals to producing video advertising content for companies such as Fuji. He led Leicester to the final round of becoming City of Culture 2017 through his role on the Executive Board. Bipin was also a trustee of Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre for 6 years.