Craig Astley has worked in the cultural sector for sixteen years and is currently the Head of Communications & Digital Engagement at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Areas of focus include communications/messaging, audience development, inclusivity and digital engagement.
Craig is Chair of the Board for Curious Arts, a Newcastle-based not-for-profit organisation developing LGBTQIA+ arts, artists and audiences across the North East region. Curious Arts' annual flagship festival and year-round work celebrates and explores Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Culture. It aims to increase visibility, dialogue and understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community. Curious Arts has presented work by Liz Aggis, David Hoyle, Drag Syndrome and Rent Party as part of the festival and has commissioned work by Peter Groom, Melody Sproates and J G Tansley. Previously, Craig was Chair for Skimstone Arts.
Craig participated in the 2009 Wunderbar Festival as part of Joshua Sofaer's live art project Tours of People’s Homes. Craig's individually created tour Pop Sandwich invited members of the public on an interactive, immersive journey of his home through his eyes and an acute affection for popular culture, television and music.