509Arts is a Bradford‐based creative production and consultancy company, founded by theatre maker Alan Dix in 1995. 509 Arts has over 20 years experience that embraces many artforms and creation on many  scales. We make work (most recently Bike Story for the Tour de France Cultural Festival 2014) and supply a range of consultancy services to the cultural sector.
Core Team

Alan Dix

Alan Dix set up 509Arts in 1995, following successful careers in both theatre and education. Since that time the company has worked throughout England with arts organisations, public sector bodies, private businesses and the voluntary sector to develop, produce, manage and assess cultural programmes and projects of all kinds.

Jenny Harris

Jenny has over 15 years’ experience of producing, curating and commissioning multi-disciplinary arts programmes and festivals, including FuseLeeds contemporary music festival; imove – Yorkshire’s Cultural Olympiad programme for 2012; Interrogate Festival 2012 (Darlington), Leeds 2023 and Phrased & Confused.

Tracey Gregory


Tracey has extensive experience of project management, research and evaluation and regularly works on large scale, complex projects for 509 Arts. Tracey undertakes programme review and assessment, designs evaluation frameworks and manages teams of research assistants.

Graham Devlin

Graham is a theatre director and cultural strategist. He was Acting Chief Executive of the Arts Council of England from 1996 – 1999 and has since served on numerous Government and other public sector committees and undertaken many strategic reviews including: DCMS (for the Cabinet office), the British Council’s arts programme, the Edinburgh Festivals, the cultural offers of the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Coventry, Birmingham and Derby.

Matt Burman


Matt Burman is a producer, programmer and consultant.  He was Executive Producer at Norwich and Norfolk Festival from 2008-2011, Head of Programmes at Warwick Arts Centre from 2012-2015 and most recently was the Artistic Director of the Yorkshire Festival in 2016.

Mike Kenny


Mike Kenny is based in York and was one of the Independent on Sunday’s Top Ten Living UK Playwrights. His plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world.  Mike’s 2008 adaptation of the Railway Children for York Theatre Royal won an Olivier award.



Tim Wheeler

Staff and company of Mind the Gap Theatre Company at their premises in Silk Warehouse at Lister Mills in Bradford.

Tim is an arts consultant, theatre maker and coach. He has over 30 years experience of devising and delivering disability related arts. Tim was co-founder and artistic director of Mind the Gap. He has a particular interest and expertise in the development of creative learning organisations, access and inclusive practice, capital development using the principles of universal design and lean business start-ups. Tim has delivered master classes in inclusive theatre practices, internationally including Brazil, India, China and Hong Kong.

Lee Corner

Lee is a consultant and facilitator with considerable experience across the arts and creative industries, heritage and third sector. She works with with individuals, artists’ groups, small businesses, large institutions, and public bodies and is particularly interested in building confidence and capacity to enable people to achieve their potential.

Shanaz Gulzar


Shanaz Gulzar is a film and digital artist. Her work explores new technologies and film, identity and the lived experience. She is a Director  of www.adeptprojects.co.uk and has worked with Chol Theatre, Bite The Mango Film Festival, Illuminate, Yorkshire Film Archive, Enchanted Parks Gateshead, Moti Roti and Bradford City Parks.