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Curator | Presenter | Producer | DJ

I’m a co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive – an online archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

I specialise in curating music and heritage events, usually with a strong community focus.

I manage a number of user-led websites, often in partnership with Go Bang Design and Pin Studio.

As a DJ I specialise in creating unique, atmospheric mixes for a variety of venues and occasions. I have a quarterly radio show on NTS live. I have played across Manchester at venues such as The Refuge, Manchester Art Gallery, HOME and Piccadilly Records.

I work regularly as a freelance project manager for Drake Music – a charity that opens up access to music for disabled people of all ages.

I sit on Trafford Housing Trust’s High Rise Living Board, which discusses safety and security for tenants living in tower blocks, post-Grenfell.

I have expertise in:

• Exhibition and event curation
• Hosting/presenting/training
• Website development
• Digital exhibition curation
• Digital content production
• Crowd-sourcing heritage
• Community engagement
• Community archives
• DJing
• Audio editing
• Oral histories/interviewing
• Social media
• Evaluation
• Fundraising

Other clients include: New Order / Warner Music Group, Manchester Academy, The Lowry, Manchester Pride, People’s History Museum, University of Manchester, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University,  Red Bull Music Academy.

Recent public speaking engagements:

– Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music and Club Culture in Manchester, University of Salford, 2018

– Rod Connolly & Zoë McVeigh (Bollox Club) – In Conversation event, People’s History Museum, 2017

– It’s Alright: A Celebration of Manchester’s Rave Heritage 1985-1995,  Manchester Metropolitan University, 2017

– Putting Women Upfront, Women in Music panel, Ladyfest, Islington Mill, 2017

– Access All Areas panel: How can cultural venues improve access for disabled people?, Z-arts, Manchester, 2017

– Manchester Music Legacies Debate (Manchester Shield), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2017

– Brix Smith Start & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 2016

– Jon Savage & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, Bird’s Nest Cafe, Shrewsbury, 2016