Meet the Team: Grainney Sheard

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We’ve had a number of new followers and visitors around here since lockdown so we thought it was a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to new faces and give familiar ones a chance to get to know us and our roles a little better.

Next up is Grainney, who has been working with us since November 2017.

Q. What do you do at the Isle of Man Arts Council and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?

I am the Arts Engagement Officer and I manage the social media, website and weekly newsletter for the Isle of Man Arts Council. You can speak to me about a project or event you’d like to promote either via a press release or interview. I am always looking for interesting content to inspire our community to participate in the arts and attend arts events.

Q. What led you to this career?

Before this role I used to run my own small creative business as an amigurimi crochet teacher, pattern maker and I sold many of my makes at artisan fairs and online. This experience gave me a lot of knowledge and experience as an artisan and small business owner in the creative community. This is where I gained the most insight into promoting my artwork online through a strong social media presence, online shop and blog.

Q. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at the Isle of Man Arts Council?

Just how many arts events take place on a weekly basis! Honestly, prelockdown days, there was something on every weekend!

Q. What’s the biggest misconception people have about the Isle of Man Arts Council?

That they are elitist and only favour certain types of art. We are very passionate here about encouraging all people to participate in the arts and to contact us about any ideas they may have for funding.

Q. If you could add one thing to the office, what would it be?

An office cat. And lots of plants!

Q. What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?

Meeting friends, drawing in my sketchbook, playing board games, going to Manx Dancing and talking walks out in the Manx countryside.

Q. If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?

Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube.

Q. What is your favourite song right now?

Think About Things by Dadi Freyr

Listen to Grainney's Spotify Playlist

Expect Indie, Folk, Country, Electro Swing, Motown and Duwop.

Listen here.

You can listen to all the Arts Team playlists via our Spotify.

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