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Black Sheep Collective: It's The People Who Make The Place

So honoured to receive this community award ...

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Posted by Danny Quinn on 12/06/2020 @ 8:00AM

I was delighted to receive the Mayor of Milton Keynes’ Community Award 2019-2020 this month. During lockdown, any small positive is a very welcome break! To be recognised is both humbling and motivating for me ...

I am honoured to receive this community award on behalf of the Black Sheep Collective!

I am honoured to receive this community award on behalf of the Black Sheep Collective!

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The arts sector is often viewed through a social lens of ‘luxury’, and we generally don’t consider the real social value of artistic endeavours and the benefit to our places and communities.

"Personally, I have always maintained the position that the arts
and sciences are the pillars of society!"

Although distinct in their different approaches, the core of each sector remains simple and agreeable. Both are about creative exploration, testing, trialling, developing and producing. Furthermore, both sectors have the power to fundamentally change history, define social structures and create the playing field in which ‘life’ is played out. Yes, this is big thinking philosophy stuff, but forms the ethos that the Black Sheep Collective operates under.

When we first set up BSC in 2013, we were clear from the start that whatever creative outputs we generate, 'social benefit' must be intrinsic throughout all of our projects’ individual trajectories.

To date, I am pleased that none of our work has ever operated in silos. We have always engaged a strong network of staff, volunteers, artists, practitioners and freelancers in our work. Our flagship Social Enterprise, Bar Bar Black Sheep, continues to deliver social value and remains a vital community asset and was set up, by the people, for the people.

This Community Award has much greater meaning not only to myself, but to the whole organisation overall. It recognises our social enterprise model. It recognises that business can be done in a ‘good way’ via our structure as a Community Interest Company. But above all, it reminds me that a ‘community’ is not just about physical infrastructure, financial viability and policy, it is quite simply, the people.

I love the communities we have worked in, the ones we continue to work in during this difficult time and I’m looking forward to the new projects we have lined up that will expand our community reach further.

"Thank you!"

I would like to thank Councillor Sam Crooks, outgoing Mayor of Milton Keynes, for this touching accolade and share this award with our communities, whom I hope are all safe and well during this challenging time.

Until next time ...



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About Danny Quinn ...


Danny initially trained as a broadcaster and worked for some of the world’s largest media companies including BBC, Celador Productions and Channel 4. He also has over 10 years experience across all levels of the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) Sector from Project Management to Director of Community Interest Companies/Social Enterprises and Chief Executive of Arts based charities/companies and then moving on to being a freelance consultant for the creative sector whilst pursuing his own artistic creation practise.

Danny returned to Milton Keynes to work with other freelance artists. Primarily a Performance Artist working in Fire Arts, Human Installation, Modelling, Light Circus and Character work, he has worked for some of the creative industry’s leading companies in a range of settings from interactive theatre, theme parks, corporate events to film, television and corporate functions. This significant shift from "behind the camera" to in front, has led Danny to explore new works in Performance and Street Art. These are his passions and as Executive and Artistic Director of the Black Sheep Collective, enjoys engaging with new artists and art forms in unusual settings, with strong rooted beliefs in "turning ordinary spaces into extraordinary playgrounds”.

Danny delivers many talks and seminars as well as consultancy in the creative and social enterprise sectors, including speaking at the Towards Collaborative Practice European Event in 2017, Key Guest Speaker for the Open University’s Business Hub Web Broadcast 2018 and giving talks to business and arts students in educational institutes across the UK and Europe.

Danny is currently a student of Birkbeck University studying an MA in Arts Policy and Management.


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