Rachel Drury has established herself as a leading thinker in the Cambridge arts and technology sector. Most recently Rachel has developed the ‘Sonic Pi:Live & Coding’ project working with Cambridge Junction, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and University of Cambridge, funded by the Digital R & D Fund, and has worked with a number of other agencies developing strategic programmes.
Currently Rachel is creating a playful, experimental new agency for Cambridge called Collusion operates at the intersection of arts, technology, academia and entrepreneurship, facilitating collaborative interdisciplinary explorations based on mutually agreed principles and benefits. The agency aims to achieve disruptive outcomes that challenge the status quo to support innovation across disciplines, and deliver critically engaged artistic work. They aim to be light and responsive, becoming a platform for digital creativity, delivering exceptional experiences for audiences and and contributing to a heightened profile for Cambridge as a contemporary, international city.
In 2013, she undertook a six month sabbatical investigating this area of work as a visiting researcher at the Computer Laboratory and has subsequently raised £170k+ of investment to deliver a number of projects in this field. Prior to this, Rachel worked for Arts Council England for 15 years where, for the past six years, she was a Senior Manager with lead responsibility for regional partnerships and planning. She managed a broad portfolio of responsibilities including leading on the £110m Shared Prospectus with EEDA, commissioning the East's £0.5m 2012 Artists taking the lead project, implementing a new partnership with the University and making decisions on funding applications.