An Interview with Curious Holly

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September 4, 2013

On August 19th Curious Minds had a new member of the team. Our new post – Curious Futures Officer. We interviewed our new team member Holly Ball and asked her what makes her so curious.

Name: Holly Ball
Job Role: Curious Futures Officer

Glen: You’ve recently started work with Curious Minds as our Curious Futures Officer. How are you finding it and what exactly is a Curious Future officer?

Holly: Its been great so far!  I feel like I’m slowly getting my feet under the table in what is a new and exciting strand of Curious Minds’ work.  I’ll be looking after our work-based learning opportunities, so supporting arts organisations to offer a high quality experience whether it be work experience, traineeships or apprenticeships. And alongside that supporting the young people themselves throughout the process with a varied package of wrap-around support.

Glen: Tell me something Curious about yourself?
Holly: I am curious where the next generation of artists, cultural movers and shakers, etc, will come from and how their experiences today will shape the future of arts and culture in the North West.  What path will they take into a career in the sector? How will it affect the art that they produce? How will it impact their audience and participants?

Glen: Your job is all about young people’s futures. If you had a time machine and could go into the future perfect what would it look like?
Holly: There would be a connected offer of high quality work-based learning opportunities across the North West.  Arts organisations would have an awareness of what others are doing and how they are doing it, and exciting new programmes would be created in partnership to strengthen pre-existing activity.  Young people would have access to a high quality offer that provides a genuine boost to their employment chances and have access to valuable practical experience in the industry.

Glen: Just a few quick fire questions now about your likes and dislikes –
Last record you bought?
Holly:  Rudimental – ‘Home’

Glen: Last play or performance you went to see?
Holly: ‘Bright Lights’ by Leonie Kate Higgins

Glen: First band you saw play live?
Holly:  Boyzone (with Peter Andre supporting!)

Glen: Favourite book?
Holly: ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett

Glen: Favourite Film?
Holly: Some Like it Hot

Glen: To finish off if you could change one thing about our world what would it be?
Holly:  Its only a small thing, but it would be to change the negative and depressing nature of the news – I appreciate that this would need bigger changes in the world to happen first, but I would hope that a more positive approach to life would make us all a bit happier!

If you want to find out more about the work Holly carries out please contact the office on 01282 435835 or email

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