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Tara Tarapetian

Tara Tarapetian

Tara Tarapetian BA (Hons)

Tara is our Chief Operating Officer. She is the creative lead for our work and a highly experienced project and event manager. She oversees all our projects, from regular large outdoor events; to corporate events; pop-up urbanism projects; meanwhile space initiatives; and creative projects for a range of clients in the public, private and third sectors.

Through Tara’s development of our Swansea Bay Street Markets social enterprises they have become brands that are loved by their customers and the communities in which they operate, attracting thousands of people each month with rave reviews and national recognition. Under Tara’s guidance Uplands Market – one of the largest regular street markets in Wales – has gone on to be recognised as one of the top 10 street markets in the UK by the Daily Telegraph, twice runner up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards, and the BBC Food and Farming awards Welsh nominee, alongside local awards. Uplands was also voted the 14th hippest place to live in the UK in a Travel Supermarket survey, with a thriving street market a major influence in that ranking. The success of our markets project led to our commissioning by University of Wales Trinity Saint David and it’s Ireland-based partners for the Interreg European funded Catalyst programme, supporting the food and drink sectors in south west Wales and southern Ireland – Tara has provided support for micro-food and drink enterprises looking to enter the market through the Catalyst programme.

Tara also led on the creation of a series of events, from creation of indoor parks to arts activities, street food pop-ups and evening street food markets for clients, including: Swansea University; Natural Resources Wales; BeWonder*; Swansea Council; Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council; and Swansea Business Improvement District. She was also the creative lead for our Unit Nineteen pop-up project. Tara has also supported the development of an eco-clothing range and oversees students that work with us through our Academy. Tara has also worked on our place regeneration strategies for Pobl housing, Swansea Council and the Milford Haven Port Authority.

Tara has a First Class Degree with Honours and experience in the creative industries involving innovative design work and creative pattern drafting technical skills. As well as her event management work she has a passion for fashion design and experience in the high end fashion industry; she has produced and exhibited her own collections, and collaborated with creative textile industries in Finland as part of a creative exchange project.