Jack Arts was set up by Elliott Jack in 2005. He used to watch a lot of Jackass and a friend of his [Julia Payne] set up a company called Payne in the Arts [which he found hilarious].
Elliott is a Curator, Programmer, Event Manager and has delivered thousands of events, ranging from intimate performances – his Book Slam at St Pancras Old Church in 2016 saw PJ Harvey appear alongside Tracey Thorne and Joe Dunthorne for an audience of just 100 – to larger-scale productions, like the Rise Festival [formerly Respect] where Jimmy Cliff, The Buzzcocks, Common, Noisettes and Kelis performed to 120,000 in Finsbury Park.
Elliott’s baby is Book Slam. Run since 2005 with award-winning author Patrick Neate, it’s no exaggeration to say that Book Slam has revolutionized how Londoners look at books (and how publishers look at selling them). Book Slam’s broken down the barriers between literature and popular culture, featuring writers like Dave Eggers, Irvine Welsh and Zadie Smith, alongside poetry from Hollie McNish, Kate Tempest and Robin Robertson, and live music from Adele, Sam Smith and George Ezra. Book Slam remains a touchstone of London literary culture, and that’s down to Elliott’s imaginative programming and commitment to an ideal – good art, for everyone, always. Ever pushing boundaries and striving for innovation, Elliott also fronted the Book Slam podcast (before the medium was all the rage) and won a Gold Sony Award for Best Internet Programme in 2008.
Elliott was the Specialist Artist Booker and Curator for Red Bull for eight years [2009-2017]. One example of his work – in November 2013, he programmed 158 artists on the London Eye for Red Bull’s Revolutions in Sound. A celebration of UK club culture, the event featured 30 UK club nights, past and present, including Danny Rampling’s seminal Acid House incubator, Shoom, Steve Strange’s The Blitz, Fabric, Bugged Out!, Metalheadz and many more. Broadcast on Channel 4OD and YouTube, Revolutions in Sound broke the world record for contemporaneous live streams.
In 2010, Elliott started Culture Clash under the Red Bull banner. It has grown into a hugely successful global event. The last clash took take place at The O2 in 2016 with a live audience of 17,000. The event achieved a national awareness of 64% between 18-24 year-olds and clocked more than 100 million online views.
Elliott has programmed stages and events for BBC Radio 1, 2 and 3, the Mayor’s Office, V Festival, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Thames Festival, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Africa Centre, Shelter, the Wellcome Collection, Jack Wills, the V&A, the Barbican, Somerset House and the Refugee Council. He has worked with brands like Nike, Bacardi, Virgin Media, Mazda, Bombay Sapphire and Jameson Whiskey; and venues including The O2, the Royal Albert Hall, York Hall, Shepherds Bush Empire, Earls Court, Jazz Cafe, Wembley Arena, Sadler’s Wells, the Roundhouse, Hammersmith Apollo, Union Chapel and more.
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