I was born and grew up in London in the borough of Brent. I went to a state school and a state college, where I achieved three A levels in History, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation. I then studied History at Bristol University, where I specialised in the History of indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand and North America. I gained a Masters in Latin American History writing a dissertation on the experience of Chilean and Argentinean refugees living in London. I acquired my PGCE in History at Bristol and spent three years working at state schools. During this time I became a PGCE tutor, to mentor and train PGCE and school direct students. In my current job at the National Archives I have worked on a number of outreach projects, tying in with my interest in minority history. I have visited countries such as China, Vietnam, Israel and Cambodia.
Ellie Jeffs is the Learning Manager at Arnolfini. She oversees Arnolfini’s Learning and Participation work with a particular emphasis and interest in the development of the organisation’s family programme and formal education programme. Ellie holds a BA hons in Fine Art Contextual Practice from Plymouth University and a PGCE in Art and Design from UWIC. In addition to her formal role at Arnolfini she is also the family strand leader for Bristol Cultural Education Partnership and the lead on the Bristol Family Arts Festival, responsible for successfully coordinating shared family activity between Bristol’s arts and cultural organisations.
Rosanna is currently Producer, Adult Learning Programme at the National Theatre where she is responsible for developing a new programme of learning events for adults. Working closely with theatre practitioners including artists, designers, actors, directors and playwrights to open up the theatre and theatre making skills.
She studied History of Art and Architecture and completed an MA in Museology both at the University of East Anglia. On graduating Rosanna worked in the Learning Department of the British Museum as Programme Officer and stayed there for over 7 years eventually becoming Head of Adult programmes where she managed a team of Education Officers, Event Managers and freelancers. She later went on to work for Brent Council as their Arts Commissioning Officer where responsibilities included commissioning art, fundraising and developing projects and events to engage the local community such as Brent Poet Laureate and Library artist residencies.
Samantha Martin joined the Academy of Ancient Music in 2009 after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a joint honours degree in Music and Hispanic Studies. As a student, she regularly played with all of the University ensembles and in her third year she studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Her role at the AAM over the last 3 years has focused on developing AAMplify, the AAM s education and outreach scheme aimed at nurturing the next generation of period instrument performer. A keen linguist and flautist, Samantha enjoys playing with amateur orchestras in Cambridge and London and is section principal of the City of London Symphonic Winds.
I am Education and Outreach officer at Attenborough Arts Centre with 14 years’ experience developing the arts across the public, university, private and charity sectors.As a Fine Art, Practice and Theory graduate from Lancaster University, I have always loved working with people – artists, communities and young people and have worked at some brilliant places including City Arts Nottingham, and as Arts in the Community Officer for Borough of Poole, and now at University of Leicester.
I have curated and creatively produced many arts initiatives – such as a public art commission for Alton Castle, and co-produced innovative programmes, including You Are Here contemporary visual arts festivals in Nottingham, and 2nd Birthday– a Bournemouth charity that artistically recycled disused spaces. I lead the SSC Disability and the Arts elective for 3rd year medical students at the University of Leicester – and I am passionate about inclusive practice, enabling arts and culture for everyone.
After graduating from Durham University in English Literature, I gained a distinction in my MA at the University of Leeds in Art Gallery and Museum Studies where I chose to focus on education and outreach. Throughout my studies, I was employed as a Play Worker at West Berkshire Mencap, and secured various voluntary roles in the Education Departments of the Oriental Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum, Harewood House and the Royal Armouries, where I gained experience in object handling, outreach, school workshops and developing teaching resources. On leaving University, I joined Harrogate International Festivals where I progressed to the role of Festivals and Communities Co-ordinator with the responsibility for managing the Education programme. Upon moving to London, I worked at the Collections Trust for two years and have now been Education Projects Co-ordinator at the RIBA in the Education department for just over two years.
I moved to Leeds from Kent in 2005 having completed a Foundation in Art and Design at KIAD. I studied Fine Art at Leeds Met, graduating in 2008. After graduating I worked for Leeds Play Network as a Playworker where we ran creative workshops for children aged 5-15 in some of the most deprived areas of Leeds. Children had the opportunity to develop ideas and explore their creativity, using a range of materials/ equipment that we provided.
I started working for East Street Arts in February 2011, initially working as Membership Coordinator. My contract was extended after 6 months and I took on the role of Programme Manager at Union105. Since September 2012, I have also helped coordinate our Adult Community Learning Programme. In 2011, with seven other people, I set up a Workers Cooperative who manage and run a creative event space and bar in Leeds city centre called Wharf Chambers.
Vicky Sturrs is Schools and Colleges Programmer at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, in post since January 2013. She manages the planning, programming and delivery of the schools, colleges and teachers programme including tours, talks, workshops, talent development opportunities for young people and larger-scale events as well as teachers networks and CPD opportunities. She also delivers on both the MA Fine Art and Education and MA Professional Practice Award courses delivered in partnership with Northumbria University.
Before BALTIC, Vicky held the Education Officer post at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, for 4 years and completed her Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Education at Newcastle University. Vicky currently advises on the APPG for Art Craft and Design Education, Northumbria University s PGCE Programme Committee for Secondary Art Craft and Design and the Employer Panel for Redevelopment of BTEC Nationals 2016. She is also a Governor at Appletree Gardens First School, North Tyneside.
Heather Cassidy is a theatre maker, facilitator and creative learning specialist working in youth, education and community contexts. She trained at both the University of Glasgow and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and over the last 12 years she has worked with mums and babies of a few weeks old up to first time performers at the grand age of 76, in over 600 schools and in every area of Scotland apart from the Western Isles. She is passionate about open access to the arts and working inclusively and so her work is often about developing confidence, imagination, self-belief, respect and ambition. Heather currently works in Dundee Rep Theatre’s Creative Learning department as their Education, Skills and Training Facilitator, delivering a broad programme of activity including running a number of education projects, leading six youth theatre groups and developing their growing Creative Pathways programme which offers work experience opportunities and hands-on practical placements.
Clare is Senior Practitioner (Creative Learning) for Stirling Council and before that Cultural Coordinator for Stirling since 2004. Clare relishes the opportunity to develop and support new creative ideas in collaboration with creative practitioners, cultural organisations, communities, educators, children and young people, which in turn create new experiences and opportunities for others. Working for Education she manages and coordinates a broad range of programmes both in and out of schools including Stirling’s Youth Music Initiative, Creative Learning Programme. Opportunities can be from short term interventions to two year residencies; long term programmes to large scale performances and festivals. Clare also coordinates Forth Valley Creative Learning in collaboration with Falkirk Council and key practitioners. FVCL explores creativity and creative learning through talks, CPD and school programmes, promoting the importance of creative approaches to learning and exploring education for the 21st century.
Before her post with Stirling Council, Clare worked for Arts Council England – East Midlands and studied a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montfort University in Lincoln. Clare is a Trustee for Sonic Bothy and is both an advisor and volunteer for the Counterflows Festival.
Diana Mc Micking
Born in rural Northumberland, I spent most of my childhood on a farm and developed a love of nature and a close tie to the land. University was at Bristol where I read history and I did a post graduate degree in teaching at Oxford Polytechnic. I taught in primary and secondary schools for six years in London before moving back to Scotland in 2001 with my husband and three children. During my time teaching in schools I came to recognise the importance of children getting out of the classroom and experiencing learning and hands on activity in museums and galleries. While in school I developed resources for schools and the local authority to enable this.
Since 2005 I have been involved at Jupiter Artland. I co – created the Jupiter Education Foundation and I have developed and managed it. I have a special interest in creative learning outdoors and have come to see the potential of digital interaction as part of this.
I am passionate about using the arts to inspire, engage and transform communities. With 18 years of practical experience as a successful project manager and arts educator, I have a demonstrable track record of implementing ambitious artistic projects. I have an excellent understanding of the way creative organisations work and how communities learn with regards to planning, managing and delivering best practice in arts and culture. As a skilled artistic leader, I adopt an inclusive, collaborative and solution-focused approach which allows me to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. I am adept at multi-tasking in a fast-paced setting and am committed to implementing innovative and strategic projects and initiatives that are impactful, resourceful and sustainable. Experienced in securing project funding, I skilfully deliver high quality creative programmes across multiple art forms, completing them on time and within budget.
Owain is Community Participation and Engagement Manager at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, in Cardiff, Wales, with responsibility for developing the Museum s Community Engagement Strategy, which includes Transforming Futures, aimed at reducing poverty through cultural interaction. He s also interested in developing long term longitudinal studies in this area. He was previously Curator of Contemporary Life at the same institution.
Projects from that time included an exhibition about Welsh pop music, displays about graffiti artists and LGBT life in Wales, a survey and recording of Italian immigrants in Wales, anexhibition on the animation industry in Wales, and the Refugee House, a gallery installation populated with refugees and asylum seekers who interacted with visitors. He is the author of Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice (MuseumsEtc, 2011), and co-editor of Collecting the Contemporary (Museums Etc 2014). His writes poetry, especially cynghanedd (strict metre Welsh verse). He s won several major competitions.