MAAP – Media and Arts Partnership

Welcome to the online portfolio of Media and Arts Partnership – a public art consultancy company

Working with the complex and emerging futures of the city to support a more democratic and fair sense of place, MAAP provides the brokerage, learning and skills to facilitate social and physical change.

Sue Ball is a cultural producer who works in the context of social and spatial design, and is Director of the creative regeneration practice Media and Arts Partnership (MAAP). She operates in the gaps between sectors and disciplines to generate new professional learning and interdisciplinary design processes for urban space, and works to mobilise and strengthen value systems related to place and community.

Commissioned by Canal and Rivers Trust’s property team since 2010, Sue has been working at Warwick Bar in Digbeth, Birmingham delivering a responsive and organic approach to the re-occupation of its 3.5 acre site; and latterly at Limehouse Basin, East London with The Decorators to co-produce a significant public realm space under the DLR arches.

Sue co-founded Leeds Creative Timebank (2009), a formalised system for its 160 members to transact, valued equally in units of one hour, with over 1500 hours of hour credits exchanged. She has worked extensively with the Higher Education sector and led Arts Council England funded interdisciplinary research programmes in the Making of Place and Acoustic Territories (20011-13).

She has worked with notable international artists in the fields of public practice and sound and co-produced city festivals including Situation Leeds 2005 and Expo Leeds 2009 with national agency Sound and Music. Sue was Artistic Director of Pavilion Media Arts from 1996-2000.

Image Credits:

Sue Ball teaching MA Landscape Architecture; Warwick Bar Summer Fete 2013 photo by Greg Milner; David Oluwale event; Licht auf Licht exhibition (Gehart Kassner’s photographs of Hans Peter Kuhn’s installations) documentation by Simon Warner; Holy Trinity Church at Expo, Paul Rooney’s Thin Air at Expo, Black Dogs’ Tower Walks, sound recording by Lee Patterson at Tower Works photo by Jon Stanley Austin; Martin Smith’s model pin clock proto types photo by Jon Stanley Austin