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 www.behance.net/transformsnibston.
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.