Pru Robey is an established leader in the arts and culture sector who has built her reputation over more than three decades as a senior arts executive and as an expert advisor to the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Canada and the UK.
Pru has a reputation for considered, creative, and critical strategic foresight and insight, research and analysis. She is a respected thought leader and innovator in the development and implementation of actionable national, regional, and local policy, strategy and plans to support arts and cultural organizations, creative placemaking, and culture-led regeneration.
Pru is an experienced intermediary and facilitator with a track record in successfully engaging diverse stakeholders and multi-sector partners in shaping project development and in building individual and organizational capacity.
Pru is currently the inaugrual Senior Fellow at Artscape, in Toronto, Canada and is a member of the Steering Comittee for the Greater London Authority (UK) Creative Land Trust.
As Vice President of Artscape and Director of its Creative Placemaking Lab, for ten years (2007 -2017) Pru led Artscape’s Canada-wide and international consulting and advisory services. She also directed the research and development, program design, and stakeholder engagement for major new arts facilities in the organization's portfolio including Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Daniels Launchpad and Artscape Hub at Weston Common. As Senior Fellow, Pru continues to advise Artscape and BC Artscape.
As an independent consultant in the UK, Pru advised all tiers of government, arts and cultural agencies and organizations, and regeneration and economic development partnerships on cultural policy and creative placemaking. She brings to her work substantial experience as a policy maker in the UK’s national arts funding system and practical professional experience as an arts centre manager, programmer, and promoter.
Pru teaches Canada's only professional program in creative placemaking at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, working with cultural sector leaders from around the globe.