Rachel Drury is co-Founder and co-Director of Collusion, an experimental new agency for the greater Cambridge area that operates at the intersection of arts, technology, academia and entrepreneurship, facilitating collaborative interdisciplinary explorations based on mutually agreed principles and benefits. The agency aims to achieve disruptive outcomes that challenge the status quo to support innovation across disciplines, and deliver critically engaged artistic work. They aim to be light and responsive, becoming a platform for digital creativity, delivering exceptional experiences for audiences.
Prior to 2013, Rachel worked for Arts Council England for 15 years where, for the past six years, she was a Senior Manager with lead responsibility for regional partnerships and planning. She managed a broad portfolio of responsibilities including leading on the £110m Shared Prospectus with EEDA, commissioning the East's £0.5m 2012 Artists taking the lead project, implementing a new partnership with the University and making decisions on funding applications. In 2013, she undertook a six month sabbatical investigating enhancing collaboration between Cambridge's technology sector and the arts as a visiting researcher at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. She then raised in excess of £2.5m for a range of arts projects, including developing and delivering Sonic Pi:Live & Coding with Cambridge Junction, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and University of Cambridge, funded by the Digital R & D Fund.