About Mirador

Who are Mirador?

Mirador is a company which celebrates and is inspired by people discovering how magical it is when arts, heritage and culture merge.

Based in Lancashire, we are a highly experienced team that blends its expertise and know how to originate, research, develop and deliver fascinating and rewarding heritage projects that matter to communities.

We are guided by some basic principles and approaches:

• To be original, fun and imaginative
• To deliver great heritage, art and cultural projects
• To create programmes that excite, entice and enthrall
• To work with people to help them create a legacy

Our starting point is helping connect people, in a rewarding, tangible and enjoyable way, with their location, heritage and history creating a rich celebration of people’s memories, their cultural traditions and communities. We’re inspired by the hidden heritage of the North and the people who live there: their history, ideas, passions and interests.


Who We Are

We’re as individual and distinctive as the people we work with.


Carolyn Primett

Carolyn has a particular interest in the role artists can play in ‘place-making’. She has worked on award-winning schemes including the TERN project on Morecambe seafront and the international design competition for Blackpool’s promenade with the acclaimed ‘Comedy Carpet’. She has led Blackpool Council’s Arts Service for the past eight years. Her expertise is in managing and curating artists, project management, fundraising, and business planning.

e: carolyn@miradorarts.co.uk

Susan Riley

Susan is a journalist and former newspaper editor. She was a member of the Society of Editors for more than a decade and has been on various judging and design panels across the North West.
Her long interest in Lancashire and Cumbria’s heritage, food and arts has proved invaluable as she now works as a freelance journalist and PR consultant specialising in those subjects.

e: susan@miradorarts.co.uk

George Harris

George works as a creative & arts consultant, specialising in small, medium and large scale creative projects.
Some of his recent projects include: Lancashire Witches 400; Phoenix from the Ashes; .My Dad Made Cars and The Gorton 100. He currently works for The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster as Business Development Manager, previously he was Executive Director at Lanternhouse International and Chief Executive at Horse + Bamboo Theatre.

e: george@miradorarts.co.uk

Louise Bryning

Louise is passionate about promoting arts and heritage through events which are accessible, really capture the imagination and are fun – not fusty. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and now works as a Press and Marketing Officer for The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. She is also on the committee of the Friends of Lancaster City Museum and Bay Tourism Association.

e: louise@miradorarts.co.uk

Philip Garside

Philip is the Business Director of Assessability Limited, a specialist occupational therapy consultancy. He brings business awareness to the arts sector, of which he has had experience through Business in the Arts training and as a board member of Litfest. Prior to 2002 he was Subject Leader for Marketing at the University of Central Lancashire, and for many years tutored for the Open University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Gary Rycroft

Gary was born in Morecambe and is a partner at Joseph A Jones & Co Solicitors, Lancaster. His expertise is in charity law, mental capacity and drafting wills & trusts. He is a member of the editorial committee of PSJ (a specialist journal published by the Law Society) and often contributes to other media. He is a trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) & vice-chair of Lancaster’s Dukes Theatre.


Susan Ashworth

Susan has worked in museums in curatorial, collections management and project management roles since 1982. Since 1987 she has worked at Senior Manager level and has recently project-managed the Museum of Lancashire refurbishment and the fundraising, acquisition and exhibition of the Silverdale Hoard – the third largest hoard of Viking silver ever found in the country. She is an Associate of the Museums Association.