Meet Dr Cecilia Wee, Head of Artist Development/ Artists’ Producer at Artsadmin!

Dr Cecilia Wee is Head of Artist Development/ Artists’ Producer at Artsadmin. Cecilia is a curator, educator and researcher who grew up in Thatcher’s London, passionate about projects that investigate the role of art and design in creating a more equitable society, working with experimental sound, performance, visual art and design practices. From 2011-18, she was Tutor at the School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London, where she established the experimental design module Design Without and contributed to a number of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation projects.

10 minutes with Cecilia…

How would you describe what you do in 5 words?

Initiate. Agitate. Facilitate. with Artists

What was your first job?

Waitressing at Café Rouge. I smoked cigarettes whilst shining the cutlery.

What was your worst job?

A summer telesales job selling Karcher pressure washers and vacuum cleaners to nursing homes. We listened to a lot of Radio 1.

What achievement are you most proud of?

Teaching experimental design at Paju Typographic Institute in Korea alongside my students from Royal College of Art.

What’s your greatest fear for the creative and cultural sector?

That we are happy with stasis.

What are your three unexpected qualities any leader needs?

Patience, ability to accept that it’s not always about being right, a supply of energy when you think you’re almost done.

What’s your superpower? (A thing you do better than most!)

Grasping interconnectedness.

What motivates you every day?

Injustice, and a conviction that we can change this.

What was the best piece of early career advice you received from a mentor?

The late great musicologist and philosopher David Osmond-Smith never gave advice per se, but would endlessly recount his numerous exuberant adventures. From this I learnt that serious work and fun can sit side by side, and that it’s possible to do it your own way.

What advice of your own would you give to an aspiring or emerging leader?

Make time for laughing as well as reflection.  


Dr Cecilia Wee will be taking part in The Big Debate at Emerging Futures 2018, where we ask the question “In a world crying out for social justice and ecological care, how can cultural and creative leaders harness the enormous progressive potential that innovation holds?”

If you can’t make the event in person, find out how you can join in on the day here

You can follow her on Twitter @ceciliawee