Brendan was born in West Bromwich and grew up on the Rocket Pool Estate in Bilston in the Black Country. Like everyone else on his estate he fancied being a footballer rather than working in the foundries but knee injuries kept him in goal and then off the field entirely.
He trained in visual communication, holding a Fellowship in Photography at the Photographic Gallery at Southampton University and was part of the development of the John Hansard Gallery. Since that time his interest has been in collaborative projects where his expertise intersects with photography and film, community arts and hidden histories, writing and mixed media.
He was a project director at Jubilee Arts, winning a BAFTA as producer of "Lifting the Weight" and a Health of the Nation Award for "Asthma Attack", an interactive health information project.
Over the years he has developed diverse large-scale arts programmes with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations, projects where community engagement is intrinsic. He has undertaken significant projects in the museums and heritage sector, bringing together different voices, experiences and perspectives.
His work is both local and international. Whether in the role of photographer, writer, curator or producer, one thing is constant - the desire and motivation to produce work with communities, in an exchange of skills, experience and knowledge, engaging with themes that question and explore everyday life through individual and group experience.
Brendan has a remarkable skill set at turning a project into a work of joy, both pictorially and as an artist capable and skilled at working with people to engage them in an idea, to draw out of them their responses, input and ultimately their engagement in the process of making new work.
His skills embrace such obvious areas as his photography, his writing and his ability to tell and spin the story of the work so that it becomes a live thing. It is this combination of skills that allows him to manage such a diverse range of work but the key to this is having a desire to work with people in shaping and realising projects.
Image courtesy of Brendan Jackson