Meet the team behind Quays Culture. We’re all passionate about bringing world-class artistic experiences to Salford Quays, combining cutting-edge technology with creative thinking!

Lucy Dusgate: Programme Producer

As the Creative Producer and lead on the Quays Culture artistic programme Lucy develops and implements the artistic vision that puts technology and digital practice at the forefront of our events. This involves large-scale commissioning of new artworks and presentations of existing artworks by artists from across the globe, making Quays Culture a significant contributor to the development of contemporary digital art in the UK.

She draws on her extensive experience from throughout her career, with previous roles focussing on technology, imagery, digital and creativity. These include; Digital Manager for Arts Council England, Artistic Director of Lumen Arts, Deputy Director of Lumen Arts Ltd, General & Project Manager for Picturehouse Cinemas, Theatre Manager of Royal Court Theatre and Cinemas Manager at the ICA in London, and freelance commercial photography.

Lucy is also Digital Programmer for The Lowry, as part of the artistic team for whom she develops programming and new commissioning across the venue’s theatres and galleries. The Lowry is an award winning arts venue and one of the UK’s largest cross-artform venues. She regularly contributes to conferences and events.

Jennifer Taylor: Programme Manager

Jennifer Taylor  joins the team as  Programme Manager for Quays Culture. Jennifer recently relocated to Manchester from London where she worked with immersive theatre specialists Punchdrunk as General Manager for 9 years, working across their national and international programme of ground-breaking work. Since relocating, she has worked as a freelance producer on ‘Waterlicht’ for Abandon Normal Devices and joined the MIF team to deliver the digital programme for MIF17. She joins us in a full-time capacity and will be focused on managing and delivering the Quays Culture programme here in Salford. 

Rachel Candler: Programme Coordinator


Rachel leads on the logistics of our events, drawing on her experience as a stage and event manager in a variety of roles across genres including Theatre, Opera, Festivals and Education. Previous work with: Clean Break Theatre Company, Ian Shaw, The Royal Exchange, The Octagon, New Vic Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Rose Bruford College, Contact Theatre, Red Ladder and Opera Holland Park.

Emma Cliff: Programme Administrator

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Emma comes with a wealth of experience in the commercial sector in international recruitment and contracting.

Emma works on administrative support to ensure everything runs efficiently.  A business administration graduate, Emma has spent the last 10 years working in the international recruitment market.

Beyond Quays Culture, Emma is busy looking after her young family, and enjoys running to keep fit.