Tina sketches out a new future

Tina Glover Retires From Junction Arts, Shirebrook.
Tina Glover Retires From Junction Arts, Shirebrook.

AN ARTS chief is drawing a new path after stepping down from a community organisation.

Tina Glover MBE, chief executive of Junction Arts in Shirebrook, leaves the post for semi-retirement this month after 18 years.

Her appointment came when a local government shake-up created Bolsover District Council and Junction Arts, then called Junction 28 and based in South Normanton, grew from working with two parishes to 14.

“It was a challenge but a very exciting one – there’s always an interest in expanding the areas of benefit,” said Tina (60), of Creswell.

During her time at Junction Arts Tina founded the popular Bolsover Lantern Parade, received an honour for services to arts in 2003, and last year oversaw a move to take its work regional.

She added: “The parade says the right things about Junction Arts – community participation and collaboration have been bywords for what we do.

“Receiving the MBE was very good and I think was an award really for the organisation and everyone who works very hard for the arts.”

Tina studied drama before becoming involved in street theatre, stand-up comedy then community arts, with a particular interest in working with young people.

She will now travel and write with a focus on community and participatory arts while continuing her work as a director of East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum (EMPAF) and as a Junction Arts volunteer.

Junction Arts’ new managing director will be Paul Steel, who has been working full time alongside Tina for three months.

“I’m very pleased to be handing over to our new managing director,” said Tina.

“I think we’ve got fantastic staff and it’s been exciting in the last year agreeing to work regionally, I was pleased to be a part of that.

“I feel absolutely confident about leaving at this moment and it’s been a really exciting time to work with Junction Arts all these years.”