Leisa GrayLeisa joined the Creative Lives team in early 2020 to coordinate the #LoveToDraw Project in Ireland. Leisa originally trained as a librarian and was involved in developing community-based partnerships for libraries in Kirklees and Leeds, West Yorkshire. Her work has included public libraries, galleries, museums, theatres and the voluntary arts sector in Northern England and across Ireland. She is inspired by the collections of galleries, museums and libraries and most interested in community participation in the arts in civic spaces.

Leisa has lived in North Tipperary since 2016, where she is developing arts for health projects in partnership with Nenagh Arts Centre and mental health support services. Her other work includes Dublin City Council Culture Company, where she is developing creative activities for older people at Richmond Barracks Museum and Festival Support for Tipperary County Council, working with festival committees to organise arts festivals.

Between 2007 and 2012 Leisa worked on the community-learning programme at Manchester Art Gallery, developing arts and health projects. She worked for Tameside Museum and Gallery Services from 2012 to 2016, developing their arts programmes for older adults. Leisa’s creative outlets are singing and textiles, she is often knitting and sings regularly in a women’s choir.