Mr Maurice Maguire

Job: Senior Lecturer, Arts and Festivals Management

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7393




Personal profile

Maurice is an experienced arts manager with specialist skills in public art, arts and regeneration projects, one off events, commissions and artist-led programmes.  He is currently the lead artist and curator for the Transform project at Snibston Museum, Coalville.  This is a programme of artist commissions and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) designed to transform the image of Snibston, creating public events, major temporary illuminations and new materials for exhibition based on the varied collections in and of the museum.  Transform is supported by Arts Council England and Leicestershire County Council and Phase Two was completed in March 2012.   Phase Three is being developed for delivery in 2013-15. The project featured in the Museums Journal in April 2012 and has a number of dedicated websites including 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students have had the opportunity of engaging in the work either as part of course work, or in a voluntary capacity assisting with project developments and delivery.

He was also the co-lead author in the preparation of the Cultural Pathfinder Evaluation with Jennie Jordan for the Department of Culture, Sports and Media (DCMS) and has authored significant reports for local authorities and other public bodies.  His background has covered freelance working on feasibility studies, public art policy-based studies and arts programming.  He uniquely combines his arts vision in texts and images alongside practical management solutions in the creative industries sector.

Maurice trained as a sculptor, was an Assistant Town Artist and Community Artist before setting up and running a bronze-casting foundry in Edinburgh.  He joined West Midlands Arts and after seven years left to become the first Director of the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton.  Since then has been a freelance artist/consultant with experience at the front line of arts development in arts centres, local festival work, NHS trusts and arts organisations.

In 2001 Maurice established the artist group pro/POSIT with David Patten (2001 – 05) and as a team they undertook significant studies in arts and cultural regeneration, artist-led projects and training of artists working in the public realm.   He continues to develop public realm projects with artist collaborators and clients.

Publications and outputs 

  • Animating Places: A new festival phenomenon?
    Maguire, M. (2016) Animating Places: A new festival phenomenon? In: C. Newbold & J. Jordan (Eds.) Focus on World Festivals, contemporary case studies and perspectives, Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers Ltd..
  • Evaluation of the cultural pathfinder programme
    Jordan, J., Maguire, M., Bianchini, F., Ghilardhi, L. and Newbury, F. (2007) Evaluation of the cultural pathfinder programme. Cultural Evaluation and Research Unit (CERU) and International Cultural Planning and Policy Unit (ICPPU) De Montfort University, Leicester. Department for Culture Media and Sport.

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Key research outputs

Recent publications, arts studies and projects include: 

  • Transform Phase 2 – Evaluation Report, 2012, PDF publication prepared by Pete Mosley, edited and designed by Carolyn Abel and Maurice Maguire, Leicestershire County Council © 2012;
  • CPD Artists; Prospectus 2012 – Transform artists PDF publication setting out proposals based on site interpretation © 2012;
  • Mine Seam Markers – A set of milestones marking the significant coal seams at strategic points alongside the Ashby Canal – ongoing, Leicestershire County Council, 2009; 
  • ‘transform’ – An arts vision for Snibston Museum, Leicestershire, 2008; 
  • ‘Changing Landscapes’ - A prospectus for a series of projects in Kings Norton, Birmingham, 2008; 
  • ‘300ft Above ‘– an arts strategy for the restoration of the Ashby Canal, Leicestershire, 2007.

Research interests/expertise

  • Public art
  • Cultural policy
  • Curatorial practice and artists
  • Project management
  • Museums and live art
  • Place and art
  • Regeneration and artists
  • Artists’ CPD
  • Artists and interpretation
  • Large-scale cultural events
  • Artists and place animation


Dip AD (Edin) Sculpture

Courses taught

Undergraduate Courses

AMAN 1010 – Perspectives in the Arts

AMAN 1006 – Creative Arts Manager

AMAN 2101 – Creative Management, Finance and Law

AMAN 3039 – Events Management

Postgraduate Courses

AMAN 5006 – Animating Places

Consultancy work

Public Art; Project Management; Curatorial practice; Installation and illumination projects; Artists commissioning. Currently available.

Previous projects and consultation exercises in the fields of Arts and Regeneration, Public Art and Arts in Health. Between 2000 and 2005 consultancy work was undertaken under the artist group pro/POSIT with David Patten.

Previous consultancies include:

  • 2007 DCMS, Cultural Pathfinder Evaluation, with Jordan J., Bianchini F., and Ghilardi L.
  • 2004-08 Stourport Canal Basins (Arts Programme), delivered as pro/POSIT with Patten D., development of study and curation of artists commissions.
  • 2004 Corby Borough Council (pro/POSIT), Culture & Regeneration Study and Policy Analysis, with Patten D.

Case studies

1.1  Transform at Snibston

  • Press coverage – Coalville News, BBC Radio Leicester (2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Industrial Archaeology Journal 2010
  • Museums Journal Blog 2012 – Simon
  • Museums Journal May 2012

1.2  Publication, on-line of Evaluation of Transform 2010-12 – Pete Mosley – designed by Maurice Maguire and edited by Maurice Maguire and Carolyn Abel.   This shows an estimated 10,000 participants live and on-line (Leicestershire County Council and Pete Mosley) for the Transform programme.

1.3  Ongoing exhibition numbers – 10,000 pa for commissioned works on site at Snibston

1.4  CPD Prospectus, Transform, 2012 – Published on-line and available through

1.5  NAOD event attendees including volunteers – 200

Magazine 362 seen by approx. 500 visitors per day for 10 days (5000) and an additional 2000 visitors/guests at Cultural Exchanges Festival.

Mine Seam Markers are seen on a daily basis by visitors to the Ashby Canal at Moira and up to the Measham section. Approx. 1000 walkers per month.

Other forms of public presentation

  • 2010 (Aug) Site illumination and projections at Snibston Colliery, to launch Transform project.
    Invited audience of 60 guests. Lead artist.

  • 2011 (May) Transform – Revealing Snibston artists exhibition, Snibston (Conneally P., Jackson, B., Dacombe, J., Broadway, G.) Curation of the commissions and exhibition.

  • 2011 (June – Dec)     insideOUT - Andy McKeown & Peter Walker 
    Curation and production of an interactive and interpretative light show presented on site to a public audience.

  • 2011/12 (June – Dec)Mining Couture – Steve Swindells & Claire Barber
    Curation and project management of commission and publication of Mining Couture, with exhibition in winter 2012.

  • 2012 (Jan-Mar) The Blind Fiddler – Home Entertainment 1806 – 2012, Snibston, with Paul Conneally.    Curation and two works to the exhibition by Conneally. 

  • 2011/12 (Jun-Mar)     New Age of Discovery (NAOD), with ADEPT (Gulzar S., & Manthorp S.)
    Producer for the promenade, site-wide performance piece.
  • 2011/12 (Jun-Mar) Artists’ CPD Programme – Transform (10 Artists and 6 Mentors)
    Development of a CPD programme for artists based at Snibston and linked to commissioned artists on site.

    Edit and production of an on-line CPD Prospectus based on their site analysis and a set of individual proposals for future commissions.

  • 2012 (Jan-Mar) Disintegrating Histories – Chris Mear Photographs
    Commission and curation of a set of new works by one of the CPD artists celebrating the landscapes and peoples of N.W. Leicestershire’s mining heritage.

  • 2013 (Mar-Nov) NAOD v 2, with ADEPT, as above.

  • 2013 Commissioned works now sited in Snibston Museum collection.
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