Ben Walmsley


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Dr Ben Walmsley is Associate Professor in Audience Engagement in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. Prior to his academic career, he managed a small touring theatre company before working as Operations Manager and then Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland.

Between 2010–2017, Ben was engaged as an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England, and since 2014 he has directed the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership. Ben is the Co-Editor of Arts and the Market and has published widely in a number of peer reviewed journals on arts marketing, arts management and cultural policy.

Ben is currently running the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded International Network for Audience Research in the Performing Arts and is writing a research monograph on audience engagement, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.