Geoffrey Brown is Director of Euclid, which he founded in 1993. Euclid provides a range of European and international services and activities, focusing on connections, knowledge and funding.
Geoffrey has unrivalled knowledge of EU funding for the arts and culture sector– Geoffrey was co-ordinator of the UK Cultural Contact Point (promoting the EU’s Culture programme) from
1999-2009, and was subsequently advisor to Visiting Arts, who took over as UK Cultural Contact Point from 2010. Euclid is well known by the arts & culture sector for its seminars and conferences in the UK and in Europe, and in particular on EU funding opportunities, and Geoffrey has been the lead presenter for its CulturEuro seminars since 2005, which are the UK’s leading seminars providing information on EU funding opportunities for the arts and cultural sector.
Geoffrey has direct practical experience of EU-funded projects – Euclid was a partner in a project funded by the Kaleidoscope programme, the fore-runner to the Culture programme, and more recently was a partner in a Grundtvig funded project (a Lifelong Learning programme). Geoffrey was also lead consultant for Euclid on a number of evaluation contracts for the European Commission, including for the Raphael and Ariane programmes, also predecessors to the Culture programme.
In addition to leading the UK CCP for 11 years, Geoffrey also led on EUCLID’s contracts as the UK National Co-ordinating Body for the European Year for Intercultural Dialogue 2008 and the UK Contact Point for the EU- Europe for Citizens funding programme.
Other EU related projects include consultancy services to Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, and for the establishment of the Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Centre in Sofia. Geoffrey’s most recent publication is the overview for “Culture & Development: 20 years after the fall of Communism in Europe”, a conference co-sponsored by the Council of Europe.
Geoffrey continues to work on a range of European & international information, research & consultancy services. Work in this area includes an international audit for Creative Scotland (2010-11) as well as work for European networks, the British Council and UK arts funding bodies and local authorities. From 2007-10, Geoffrey led on EUCLID’s contract with Arts Council England to provide international information services to the arts sector in England.
For EUCLID, Geoffrey has also undertaken consultancy and advisory work in the creative and cultural industries, including research and training on behalf of the Council of Europe in several regions of Russia, in Ukraine and Bulgaria, as well as projects in the UK.
Geoffrey has developed and now oversees the Culture. Info and Connexus services which provide arts, cultural and creative industries information from Europe and across the world – news, events calendars, mobility information, funding database, and updates on research and publications.
Prior to founding Euclid, Geoffrey was Senior Partner in the Positive Solutions consultancy (now based in Australia), Deputy Director of Merseyside Arts Council, Assistant Director at Darlington Arts Centre, and Executive Director of the Australian Youth Performing Arts Association. He has also served on a number of boards of arts and cultural organizations including the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) and the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.