With a whole host of successful events under her belt, we find out a bit more what makes Gemma Hadley tick. Join us as we fire some questions at Millennium Point's Events & Programming Assistant...

Tell us what you do on a day-to-day basis.
I work on the booking and coordination of our events. This includes taking enquiries, generating quotes, talking to clients, designing floor plans, producing contracts, creating signage, booking staff and resources, maintaining financial processes and records, as well as live event delivery on the day.

I also work on the development and implementation of our new “Engage” programme, often working with partners across the city such as Flatpack Film Festival and Beatfreeks, to bring a series of interesting and accessible exhibitions and performances into the building.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The live event or exhibition, when all the weeks/months of planning and preparation come together.

Describe Millennium Point in three words.
Definitely not ordinary.

Favourite place to unwind in Birmingham?
The tea room at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

What is your greatest achievement/what are you most proud of?
I am proud to say that I have spent my professional life working for organisations that hold enhancing people’s lives through learning and engagement at their heart.

Most inspiring place you’ve ever visited?
The Sensing Spaces exhibition at The Royal Academy. It was revolutionary programming for them – and really brought the creative practice behind architecture into focus. I have always been interested in how spaces work – which I suppose is why/how I found my way into the events industry. My creative practice at university was anchored in installation work, investigating spaces, how people interact with them, and ultimately crafting an experience for a visitor – I try to apply the same creative process when planning events here.

Favourite artist/art gallery in the UK and why?
This changes a lot, depending on my mood and the last thing I saw there but at the moment it would be the Whitworth in Manchester after its refurbishment.

I went along to see the headline Cornelia Parker show last year, and found myself surprised and charmed by the fresh hanging of their collection, as well as the smaller temporary exhibitions of lesser-known names that were brilliant.

What was the last really good book you read and why?
Ways of Curating by Hans-Ulrich Obrist. I read it on a whim, and ended up finding it fascinating – a really accessible insight into the theories behind curation, but more-so the importance of building cross-industry relationships.

Favourite thing about Eastside?
Millennium Point, of course! Apart from that, I would say the fact that Eastside is a great example of the power and potential of regeneration.

Connect with Gemma
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