Sarah Shead

For This Way Up Sarah works with Nadia Iftkhar and Joelene English. She also mentors trainee dance producer Rosie Watt.

Sarah is Creative Director of Spin Arts Management. She has an extensive background in arts management and development having worked at Dance4 as Continuing Professional Development Coordinator and Creative Partnerships Coordinator, Yorkshire Dance as Artists Development and Project Manager, and Cida Co (Creative Industries Development Agency) as Programmes Director. Each of these roles enabled Sarah to refine her practice as a fundraiser, producer, programmer and manager. Sarah is a certified Relational Dynamics Coach and an Associate Coach for PANDA.

In 2011 Sarah founded Spin Arts Management - a development and producing organisation that supports artists and arts organisations to proactively develop their business and creative ideas. Spin Arts do this by offering a range of services and expertise to help realise ambitious projects in a practical and sustainable way. Some of the artists and organisations Spin Arts have supported are:

balletLORENT Douglas Thorpe - Mad Dogs Dance Theatre
Rationale Hip Hop Productions Simon Birch Company
Instant Dissidence Wayne Sables Projects
Hype Dance Keira Dance
TREmers Theatre Tell Tale Hearts
Fift6Ninety6 The Good Enough Mums Club
Freedo Studios West Yorkshire Playhouse
Theatre Royal Wakefield The Civic, Barnsley
DeNada Dance Theatre In-Situ Circus Theatre
Hagit Yakira Dance  










Sarah has helped numerous artists and arts organisations secure funding from Arts Council England, local authorities, a range of public sources, trusts and foundations and sponsorship.

Spin Arts has and continues to deliver a range of CPD initiatives across Yorkshire including: training to dance students at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds Metropolitan University and York St John's University; delivery of Catapult, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance's professional development programme; Accent, a South Yorkshire wide CPD programme; and CARP, the Civic Artist Residency Programme.