About Me


I’m Cathy Mager (née Woolley). Thank you for visiting my personal website, here you can view a selection of the projects I’ve worked on over the years, catch up on my news and you can also get in touch via the contact  form.

I am a freelance curator and producer specialising in public art and social change projects. I have experience of leading high profile art events in a wide range of historic, gallery and community settings and in partnership with local and international businesses.

I am currently artistic director of The Ring a new commissioning programme for 21 miles of rural and urban waterways in Worcestershire and Droitwich led by the Canal & River Trust with a consortium of local partners. In addition, I oversee the commissions of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust in collaboration with Forestry Commission England, and recently wrote several bids on behalf of the charity to secure in excess of £250k in funding towards new artworks to be installed 2018-2020. Last year I oversaw the unveiling four new sculptures alongside an exhibition of works in Cheltenham. In 2015, I also produced a short film for the Trust, A Sense of Place, which then led to a collaboration with BBC Points West.

Previously, I was Director of Bloomsbury Festival, an annual community festival that brings together over 120 arts, heritage, community organisations and local shops and businesses that exist in Bloomsbury’s historic and diverse neighbourhood dotted with secret gardens, hidden histories and beautiful buildings.

I began my career as a youth arts officer working with disabled young people. Later I became Community Relations Officer at Historic Royal Palaces, carrying out community engagement events and exhibitions at Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington and Kew Palaces. I then left to become Community Projects Curator at Art on the Underground in 2005 during the Olympic bid win celebrations. Following the events of 7/7 I spearheaded a staff involvement programme and edited Kings Cross is Rising a collection of poetry by Tube staff who witnessed the aftermath of the bombings.
As a producer at Southbank Centre 2007-2012, I managed a range of unusual projects including Pestival, – the ‘Glastonbury of the natural world’, which won the Conservation Project of the Year at the Observer Ethical Awards 2009; In from the Cold, Dec 2008 a giant inflatable Igloo cinema inside Royal Festival Hall; Project Morrinho, a miniature favela created at the Southbank Centre as part of Festival Brazil, and Urban Fox, a 7 metre high straw sculpture that hit the headlines internationally, with rave reviews in the New York Times. I was also very proud to co-curate Museum of ’51 as part of the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, in collaboration with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway.

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