Marsden Jazz Festival

Conceived and directed a digital portrait series highlighting 25 years of shared history between Marsden, a small West Yorkshire mill village, and the Marsden Jazz Festival.    

Client: Marsden Jazz Festival
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Scope: Local 
Type: Creative Production
Year: 2016-2017

Launched in 1992, with the objective of utilising the Mechanics Hall and contribute to the regeneration of the village, Marsden Jazz Festival celebrated its 25th birthday in October 2016.

The Festival Committee, with the help of volunteers and the Heritage Lottery Fund, have marked this astonishing achievement with a year-long project to create 25 digital portraits of outstanding contributors to the festival and the village.

These online portraits, mixing words, music, images and video are now available to view or download alongside information for schools and a village discovery trail.


Create 25 digital portraits to tell the story of Marsden’s rural regeneration and highlight the role of the jazz festival in fostering collective resilience and enabling individuals to thrive.

I developed the concept, raised funds, then collaborated with the festival team, Project Manager and local community to select and feature 25 key individuals, groups, places or symbols, through interviews, photography, video and poetry.


Portraits are available on the Marsden Jazz Festival website, alongside a downloadable Treasure Trail developed by Project Manager Lisa Mew.

Key Skills:

Creative Production
Community Engagement