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Sharna Jackson

Sharna Jackson is an author and Artistic Director who specialises in developing and delivering socially-engaged initiatives for children and young people across culture, publishing and entertainment.

She is driven specifically to encourage and increase diverse and disengaged audiences’ participation in the arts locally, nationally, and globally.

Sharna’s debut novel High Rise Mystery was released in April 2019 and its sequel, Mic Drop is due in April 2020. She wrote the Tate Kids activity book series with Tate Publishing. She created Looking With LeVar – the audio guide for children and families at The Broad in Los Angeles, and was a development producer on Tee and Mo. She is very proud to be Southbank Centre’s Imagine A Story author for 2019/20 and created a novel London/Londoff with over 1000 school children in London.

Sharna is on the Children’s Media Conference advisory board and on the board of Sheffield Doc/Fest. Every year she curates Playground – an exhibition showcasing work that blends digital play with physical objects and Ensemble – a show highlighting BAME talent and achievement in the UK games industry.

Sharna is the Artistic Director at Site Gallery, Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance. She has held roles at Tate, Hopster and the Design Museum and has consulted for the Royal Collection Trust, Museum of Childhood, V&A, Science Museum, Penguin amongst others.