Arts Worker Directory
About

Arts Worker Directory is an ever growing resource of independents, freelancers and small businesses working within the arts across the East Midlands

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Craft Person, Illustrator, Photographer, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Emily Arnold

Location

Northamptonshire

About

A British artist, specialising in the photographic process of Cyanotype. A Loughborough University Fine Art graduate, she has experience in marketing, curating, technician work and teaching workshops. Her work is characterized by a fascination with traces, ruins, memory and the history around us, and a new avenue of her art practice focusses on her captivation with the natural world and interest in edible and medicinal botanicals.

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Illustrator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Tracey Meek

Location

Derbyshire

About

I am a multidisciplinary artist working with a range of mediums; painting, ceramics and immersive installation. My work is intuitive in process and content, a tactile extension of myself and reflection of my surroundings. My playful, experimental approach translates into community engagement. I enjoy finding new interesting ways of sharing creative process through interaction and intervention.

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Art Technician

Name

Emily Stollery

Location

Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire

About

Freelance gallery technician since 2018, as well as having my own art practice (see website for more details). Extensive art handling and installation skills, as well as confidence with build work. Regularly working at sites including Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, Bonington Gallery and Nottingham Castle. Primarily work in Nottingham and Lincoln, but will happily travel further afield. I also have PASMA and IPAF 3A licenses.

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Art Writer, Curator, Producer, Project Coordinator

Name

Jade Foster

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Cultural strategist and curator with a history of working on experimental creative programmes with artists and practitioners who explore pressing social issues.

Clients/employers have included Hospital Rooms, CCA Glasgow, Glasgow International, Gillian Jason Gallery, New Art Exchange, Primary, and Two Queens.

Critical Friend/Strategist: EDI and recruitment practices, brand and development strategies.

Writing for Art Monthly

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Art Writer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Producer, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Orla Toland

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

About

Skills: Printmaking, workshop facilitation, art writing, activity design.

Interested in semiotics, iconography, queerness and the mundane. As well as thinking through making and accessibility within the arts.

Utilising mediums such as print making, drawing, installation and multi-media.

Motivated by using art as a form of connection, uniting communities and groups of people who are often outside the world of art.

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AV Technician, Craft Person, Project Coordinator

Name

Bob Rushton

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

About

30+ years in various Arts and Entertainment genres.

Freelancer with a current client list including: QUAD, Derby Festé, Derby Folk Festival, Furthest From The Sea, Burton Brewhouse, Derby LIVE, Association of Festival Organisers, Notts CC, and more.

Venue management, programming, technical / production / stage management, risk assessments & event planning, fit ups, get outs...

IOSH Safe Mgt of LIVE Events + more!

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Content Creator, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Exhibition Photographer, Project Coordinator

Name

Edward Quigley

Location

Lincolnshire

About

I am the founder / director of an arts social enterprise (Citizens Art CIC) and have curated exhibitions working with over 200 artists and organised over 50 art events/festivals. I am also a practicing artist and photographer.

My broad experience includes (but not limited to): event planning/delivery (inc writing RAMS, logistics, budget management, art handling and installation), strategic partnership development and artist engagement.

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Art Writer, Curator, Producer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator, Exhibition Designer

Name

Suzanne Golden

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

25 years' experience working in the arts; experience includes fund-raising, governance, business planning, strategic partnership development, work exp management, artist professional development support to artist community, HR and focused project planning on arts and mental and environmental. Interest in neurodiversity.

Previous employees inc. The Hayward Gallery, Jerwood Artist Platform, Arts Council, Sotheby's, Foyle foundation, BACKLIT

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Art Writer, Content Creator, Craft Person, Illustrator, Project Coordinator

Name

Isobel Murdoch

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

I am a freelance arts for wellbeing practitioner, running my own online initiative, Medley, which I set up in 2020. I run art for wellbeing challenges, write a blog, lead occasional bespoke workshops and lead a weekly art and craft online group for an NHS Care Trust. I focus on the visual arts but follow an intersectional model where possible to link in with music and nature connection as well.

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Art Writer, Art Technician, Curator, Illustrator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Lindsay Tempest

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

I have a BA In Fine Art Painting, a qualification in Mental Health Problems and PGCERT Teaching in Higher Education. 

With a strong leaning towards Neurodiversity & mental health, my work is diversely metaphorical. Shortlisted in the top 5 inaugural ‘Womankind’ Magazine Art and Illustration Awards in 2019, I have since been commissioned to illustrate for Oh Magazine (Issue 55), and in 2023 held a solo exhibition at Bradford Industrial Museum

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Craft Person, Producer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Karen Logan

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

About

Karen Logan is a visual artist and creative practitioner based on the boarder of Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire, UK.

Karen's work spans installation, social and sculptural practices. She uses domestic craft processes with low value or found materials, leaning into overlooked and/or undervalued stories, fascinated by people and place.

Karen engages audiences in creative processes: questioning, exploring, inventing and enjoying contemporary art.

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Artist Mentor, Costume Designer, Craft Person, Prop Maker, Set Designer, Textiles Fabricator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Lise Bennett

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

About

I am a Freelance creative practitioner and artist, working within arts for wellbeing, with my personal practice including wire, painting, textiles for theatre, site specific residencies.

I work and have worked with The Mighty Creatives, Platform Thirty1, Fleet Arts, Junction Arts, Furthest From The Sea, AirArts. In 2022 I was involved in a site specific residency with fellow artist Heidi Luker, at the old Ambergate Wireworks site.

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Art Writer, Content Creator, Copywriter, Art Technician

Name

Paige Worrall

Location

Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

About

Display and Exhibitions Technician.

My experience includes: undertaking research for exhibitions, creating accessible interpretation, creating object content sheets, preparing RAMS and launch briefings, copywriting, and art handling.

I have assisted on projects for both Leicester Museum and Art Gallery and Newarke Houses Museum.

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Artist Mentor, Art Writer, Craft Person, Exhibition Designer, Graphic Designer, Woodworker, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Willy Harvey

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Artist, designer, writer and maker and bricoleur.

Work, skills and experience spans between visual art and architecture with a passion for material reuse, spatial & environmental design, art & exhibition fabrication, collaborative practice, public engagement workshops and project development.

Past employers + collaborators include: Primary, MAKERS, Youth Landscapers Collective, CVAN, OTOKA, Broadway Cinema and NoJobsInTheArts.

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Art Writer, Content Creator, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Producer, Project Coordinator, Set Designer

Name

Irina Tsokova

Location

Leicestershire

About

Digital Arts Programme Manager, digital heritage specialist, digital exhibition designer, digital archivist, running two Galleries at Phoenix seeing the projects from commission to completion. Vested interest in working within web-based and real spaces, seeing the intersection between digital space, heritage and interactive design.

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AV Technician, Project Coordinator, Videographer

Name

Jim Brouwer

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

About

Seasoned AV production specialist with over 20 years of delivering AV solutions and live event technical engineering. Extensive expertise in audio-visual systems integration, video production, and live sound engineering for arts venues, galleries, and festivals across the UK. Key skills include immersive exhibit installation, projection mapping, IT admin, sound recording, editing, mixing and more.

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Art Writer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Sophie Gresswell

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

About

I am a multidisciplinary artist exploring belonging, identity and interconnected heritage. I have previously been commissioned by BBC arts and have worked with Orleans Gallery, London and The Higgins, Bedford. I specialise in visual arts and poetry and have experience running socially engaged art projects within diverse communities.

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Producer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Raisa Mcclarey Francis

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

I am a multimedia artist and facilitator, in writing, visual art and experimental art.

I work in the community in different areas of Nottingham. I am interested in working with different groups and demographics in Nottingham. I have a series of new workshops in the making coming to Nottingham. Hosting a different workshop each time.

I work with Primary and New Art Exchange.

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Craft Person, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Photographer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Ismail Khokon

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

I am a British-Bangladeshi, socially-engaged visual artist based in Nottingham. My work explores identity, migration, heritage, displacement, health and environmentalism.

Alongside my artistic practice, I play an active role in the region's visual arts community. I am on the Steering Group of CVAN EM, an artist member at Primary gallery and trustee at BACKLIT gallery.

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Art Writer, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Georgia Preece

Location

Lincolnshire

About

Artist, poet and workshop facilitator based in Lincoln. Part of UKNA's 2023 New Artists Collective cohort, visual director and editor for Radical Art Review.

Multi-disciplinary art practice rooted in research, specialising in themes of revolution and uprising, working classness and the garden as studio.

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Content Creator, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Simon Tipping

Location

Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Simon has a wealth of experience in engaging the young and the old in creative learning, making art accessible and participatory. Specialist skills: Carnival arts, Batik flags, lantern making, light installation, giant puppets, processional sculptures.

Worked for or asscociated with: Kinetika, EEA, MK International arts festival, London 2012, Festive Road, Rio De Janeiro, Bridgwater & Luton carnivals, various International artists workshops.

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Art Writer, Copywriter, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Jennifer Brough

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

Jennifer Brough (she/they) is a slow writer and workshop facilitator based in Nottingham.

She writes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction essays, and reviews exploring the body, pain, gender, horror, art, and literature. She is currently working on her first poetry pamphlet, Occult Pain.

Jennifer is a co-founding member of resting up collective, an interdisciplinary sick group of artists that offers workshops on rest and creativity.

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Art Writer, Art Technician, Content Creator, Copywriter

Name

Nathan Davies

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

I am an interdisciplinary artist, art technician, and art writer. I have great painting and drawing technical abilities, as well as writing and and researching skills, specialising in politics and philosophy. As an art technician, I have worked with Two Queens Gallery, Leicester Gallery, and Leicester Contemporary. I am experienced in fundraising for community arts events, and also showcasing artist resources and opportunities.

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Artist Mentor, Content Creator, Craft Person, Producer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Charlotte Tupper

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

About

With over 15 years experience of working in educational, healthcare and cultural settings, Charlotte's practice explores relevant contemporary issues through community exchange, social connections and collaboration.

Partnerships include: Factory International, Nottingham Contemporary, Primary, Manchester Art Gallery and Attenborough Arts Centre

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Art Technician, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Producer, Project Coordinator

Name

James Maxfield

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Over 10 years of experience in planning and installation of exhibitions and new commissions in museums and galleries, non-gallery spaces, festivals and outdoor sites.

Skills: Writing RAMS, exhibition design, logistics, budget management, art handling and installation

Training: IPAF 3a & 3b,First Aid at Work, IOSH Managing Safely

Selected clients: The Baltic, Liverpool Biennial, Index Festival, West Yorkshire Print Workshop and The Tetley

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Art Technician, Curator, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator, Exhibition Designer

Name

Ryan Boultbee

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

Ryan Boultbee is a freelance creative fixer. He’s been offering solutions to creative programming needs in the Visual Arts since 2018. The services Ryan offer include: coaching and mentoring, project management, workshop facilitation, lecture and talk delivery, and publication design (no job is too small, or big). His special interests cover material reuse, playful architecture, the future and its alternatives.

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Art Writer, Content Creator, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Christine Thomas

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

About

I am an artist and researcher with experience of co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating arts projects. I am a phd candidate at the University of Derby.

I have experience of working on Arts & Health projects, and in educational settings, as a mentor and personal tutor.

Research areas of interest:
Arts & Health
Neurodivergence
Domesticity & Violence
Visual Criminology

I am the newsletter editor for Arts Derbyshire.

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Art Technician

Name

Conor Smith

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

About

Freelance art and gallery technician, based in Derby but available to work across the East Midlands. I work with a range of institutions and clients on exhibition installations (art handling, packing, framing, and builds), rigging for festivals and large scale structures, and in outdoor cinema events.

IPAF 3A
CSCS card
CVAN East Midlands and ArtTechSpace Advanced Training.

Previous work: QUAD, Techsquad, Revel Puck Circus, DerbyCan, FORMAT.

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Content Creator, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator, Copywriter

Name

Hannah Barker

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Owner and Director of letterpress studio The Smallprint Company. Owner of Creative Connections, promotional hub for creatives and cultural activity. Freelance charity management and arts administration (inc. finance, HR); copywriter and content creator; project coordinator; research, report writing; strategic and implementation experience; website management. Clients include Arts Derbyshire, The Fifth Sector, Sartorius Digital, DTSA and Teach Der

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Art Technician, Craft Person, Metal Worker, Producer, Project Coordinator

Name

Phil Harper

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

I am an art technician and curatorial engineer who has been designing and installing gallery systems all over the UK for many years.
My work has enabled me to collaborate with some of the world's leading galleries and develop systems that work.
I enjoy working with all museum professionals and share experiences that help everyone.

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Artist Mentor, Content Creator, Curator, Illustrator, Producer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Charlie Anne

Location

Derbyshire

About

Charlie Collins is a gentle practitioner, working within illustration, creative production and curation. Charlie produces projects ranging from exhibitions, live events, workshops, publications and festivals. Charlie has experience teaching, delivering lectures and talks, and mentoring, from 1-1 sessions, to running work placements for university students and emerging practitioners.

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Artist Mentor, Art Writer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Producer

Name

Surasti Puri

Location

Leicestershire

About

Surasti Puri is an Indian-Polish graphic designer, illustrator, artist and printmaker with a background in art history.

She currently works as an information designer whilst continuing to practise as an artist at the Leicester Print Workshop. Her personal work is a dialogue between memories and mark making.

She has previously worked with Spotify, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The British Library, and Gucci.

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Art Writer, Curator, Producer, Project Coordinator

Name

Jazz Swali

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

Jazz Swali is a contemporary art curator. He is currently the assistant curator of exhibitions at Backlit Gallery and is an advisory board member of Eastside Projects Gallery.

His work with contemporary art, museums and galleries is embedded with curatorial activism, cultural and equality strategy, socio-political focuses, and alternative queer and experimental practices.

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Art Technician, AV Technician, Producer, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Mateus Domingos

Location

Leicestershire

About

I'm a creative technologist and digital arts technician with 10+ years of experience working with artists and exhibitions in the East Midlands.

I'm available for assisting artist development, workshop facilitation and general technician work. I'm DBS checked and insured.

I was a producer at Phoenix between 2019-23, where I worked on a wide range of exhibitions with different artists and technologies.

I use technology through Luddite framing.

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Art Writer, Curator, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

No Jobs in the Arts (NJITA)

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

NJITA create development opportunities for early-career creatives working in the Visual Arts. They work with creatives, within and from the Midlands region, to deliver environmentally-conscious projects and publications. NJITA support the sharing of artwork by emerging artists and curators, working with art organisations and collections. They love to hear about any project that seeks to benefit early career creatives in the Midlands.

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Art Technician, AV Technician, Project Coordinator, Prop Maker, Woodworker

Name

Olly Ventress

Location

Lincolnshire

About

I have worked as an Art Technician for galleries / events across the East Midlands in the installation of exhibitions for over 5 years.

Specialisms: AV Installation (Sound, Projection, Video), Interactive Electronics (Arduino, Rasp Pi etc), General build (wall prep, painting, stud wall building, making plinths, brackets)

I have extensive H&S / power tool training from working as an Art Technician for the University of Lincoln.

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Artist Mentor, Art Writer, Content Creator, Copywriter, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Ruth Charnock

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

I am a writer, researcher, lapsed academic, tarot reader, workshop facilitator and artist and academic mentor. I make work about witchy modalities with Karen Schaller as part of the collaboration 'Witching the Institution', and non-monogamy as part of the collaboration 'Writing with non-monogamy' with Sarah Amsler, and in my solo practice make work about deinstitutionalisation, queerness, shame and exiled knowledges.

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Craft Person

Name

Rosie Kemp

Location

Nottinghamshire

About

I hand craft glass beads using the lampwork technique and use them in my jewellery and accessories. My style is bold, colourful and contemporary. I host regular workshops in my Sherwood studio and teach people how to make their own glass beads.

I also ran a craft and design shop in Sneinton Market from 2016-2019 and worked with the Creative Quarter to host events and improve the area. I sold the work of approximately 60 other designers and maker

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Event Photographer, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Francis Slip

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

About

Photographer specialising in the documentation of fine art, theatre, community projects, and club nights. Keen to work with you to adapt my documentation style to conceptually align with your project.

Also have experience in running both indoor and outdoor events with Chaos Magic collective: managing budgets, delivering workshops, and providing catering utilising local or surplus food.

Services

Illustrator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Bob Moulder

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire

About

II am a freelance illustrator and have worked on over 300 publications, mainly for children’s and educational publishers. I’ve illustrated – and also written – a number of graphic novels.
I’ve delivered workshops and activities both in schools and in community organisations such as Artcore.
I tutor courses in art history/appreciation for the WEA.
I also work through entertainment agencies as an ‘instant’ caricaturist/portrait artist.

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Craft Person

Name

Graham Lewinton

Location

Lincolnshire

About

2 and 3 dimensional paintings, a high proportion of which are political focusing on injustice at home and abroad and environmental issues.
Materials used include acrylics, news print, polymers, copper filaments, inks, paper, wood.
Exhibitions around Lincolnshire, Britain and Bad Gandersheim in Germany.
I’m self taught Art Wise but did work in the NHS (mental health) which was my primary employer for many years.

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Project Coordinator

Name

Bethan Davies

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Event Production and Operations Management in the Arts. Experienced in development and mananagement of indoor and outdoor events, specialising in bringing art to unusual and challenging outdoor spaces.

Past experience includes:
Head of Production for Coventry UK City of Culture
Operations and Event Manager for ‘Children’s Day: Reimagined’ for LEEDS2023
Head of Production for ‘GALWAD’ at Unboxed
Programme Producer, New Art Exchange

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Art Technician, AV Technician, Woodworker

Name

Billy Hughes

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Professional, experienced gallery technician and art handler working extensively from artist-led to larger institutions since 2016. Works East Mids and further

Specialist in:
Fabrication, Art handling (checking, installation, packing), 3D Modelling, AV/Lighting, Framing.

PASMA
IPAF 3a & 3b

Selected clients include:
Nottingham Contemporary, Millenium Gallery & Sheffield Museums, Factory International, QUAD, The Lowry, Turner Contemporary.

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Art Writer, Content Creator, Copywriter, Illustrator, Project Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator

Name

Vivien Chan

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

About

I am a design historian, educator, writer, and imagemaker. I research design history and material culture in Hong Kong with a broad interest in design and the everyday. In my practice I am interested in experimental publishing and imagemaking, and collaborative research.

Selected freelance work: London Design Biennale, Brompton Design District, Korean Cultural Centre, UK, London Fashion Scout, Design History Society

Fortified, Riposte, daikon*

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Event Photographer, Exhibition Photographer, Photographer, Project Coordinator

Name

Anthony Fisher

Location

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire

About

Tony Fisher is a photographic artist. interested in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Tony’s work often explores loneliness and isolation, things he has personally experienced. He has worked in the field of Disability Arts for over 40 years, collaborating with organisations and individuals across the country. Project co-ordinator for Alfreton permanent arts trail 2023.

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Art Writer, Copywriter, Curator,

Name

Colette Griffin

Location

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

About

Colette Griffin is a curator, arts writer, artist mentor and access support worker based in Nottingham. She is currently Regional Director of CVAN EM and Artist Development Curator at Primary, an artist-led space. Colette provides mentoring provision and supports artists with access requirements in developing, writing and submitting funding applications to Arts Council England. Experience includes working with New Midland Group, Mansions of the Future (Lincoln), Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Ikon Gallery (Birmingham).

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