Red Lantern was set up in the West Midlands in 2010 by Lauren Davies.
For six years the company provided project management services to the UK arts sector.
Red Lantern worked with artists, curators, arts managers, cultural organisations and the public sector to support bringing great art to great places.
Over the six years, projects Red Lantern delivered span across the country from Birmingham to Brighton. Lauren began the business working first with Grand Union in the fledgling opening year of the gallery and artist studios and in the same year jointly coordinated the 2010 Gallery 37 city-wide youth arts training programme commissioned by Birmingham City Council.
In Brighton, Lauren worked on two editions of HOUSE Festival in 2012 and 2013. HOUSE Festival is a high profile visual arts commissioning initiative focused on bringing internationally acclaimed artistic works and artists to the city of Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas as well as providing artists practicing in the city and across the South East with commissioning opportunities. In 2012 HOUSE Lead artist was David Batchelor and in 2013 the Lead artist was Mariele Neudecker.
In 2014 Lauren was contracted as Arts Award Adviser for Brighton Youth Centre’s project, B.fest which is Brighton’s annual Youth Arts Festival delivered to coincide with the Brighton Fringe Festival.
From 2014-2015 Lauren managed ONCA, the UK’s only city based arts and ecology hub exploring human and environmental change through a programme of exhibitions, events, projects and educational activities.
The desire to set up an arts project management company was so strong that Lauren took the leap from employment to becoming her own boss, relishing the challenge of launching a business into a changing sector. Six years later the company is now no longer trading and all the fantastic projects and people who got involved along the journey are documented here.