2019–20 Cohort

Taneesha Ahmed

Taneesha Ahmed is the Participation Producer at The Tetley, and most recently a recipient of the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education in 2018. An engagement and education arts professional currently based in Leeds, she has over ten years’ experience, prior to moving to Leeds she was the Education Officer at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool.

 Last year she worked on an international digital project in collaboration with Karachi Biennale to make a series of films with children from Leeds and Karachi. Over the course of the project, 135 schoolchildren visited ‘These Silences Are All The Words’ which explores the legacy of literature, language and libraries in postcolonial Pakistan. 

At Grundy Art Gallery, she coordinated a place-based project ‘Writing with Light’, an art and literacy project which saw 237 Ks2 pupils visit the gallery over a fortnight and installed the biggest ever schools outreach exhibition of 300 pupils’ artworks.

Jayne Ashley

Jayne is a sustainable development project manager and emerging artist. She is particularly interested in inter-disciplinary collaborative working in order to develop more sustainable communities. She is currently Project Manager at the Crawick Multiverse, a 55-acre art installation near Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, where she is exploring opportunities for dialogues between the arts and sciences.

Juliette Buss

Juliette has twenty years’ experience of working in the cultural sector on creative learning and engagement programmes, undertaking consultancy, project management, fundraising and evaluation for clients such as NESTA, the V&A, Wellcome Trust, Towner Gallery, BFI and Turner Contemporary. For some years she has delivered the learning programme for Photoworks a national development agency for photography that produces Brighton Photo Biennial, attracting more than 315k visitors with nearly half the 2016 programme focused on children and young people. Recent work includes trialling an inclusive photography project engaging neuro-diverse adults in partnership with social care partners.

Juliette is passionate about increasing opportunities for people to engage with contemporary visual arts practice. She is a trained teacher with a background in visual arts and has written and produced numerous learning resources across a range of subjects and media. Juliette is a recipient of the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education (2017).

Kate Charnock

Kate has been Learning Officer for Est.1761, a regeneration project to engage and inspire communities with the heritage of Salford’s Bridgewater Canal, since 2012. Prior to this, Kate was Principal Arts Officer for Salford City Council. She is passionate about the role the arts and creativity have in learning and this has been a continuous thread throughout all her work.

Kate began volunteering with a group of artists who had taken over a disused railway building in Crewe, then her first job was in arts administration where she programmed exhibitions and learning in a gallery space in Northwich, Cheshire. She then worked her way to senior arts officer on a housing estate in Stockport. Kate has always worked in community settings and advocates that arts and culture can be found anywhere and it’s when you find them by surprise, they can have the greatest impact.

Madeleine Conn

Madeleine is an arts and museums educator with over 15 years’ experience working to engage diverse audiences with the arts and museum collections. With a background in visual art and art history, Madeleine has delivered participatory arts and education projects in collaboration with National Portrait Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, National Galleries Scotland, and Glasgow Museums and has held learning and access positions at National Museums Scotland, Glasgow Museums, Kilmartin Museum and is currently Cultural Coordinator at Argyll and Bute Council.

Madeleine is passionate about developing innovative programmes which will inspire and inform art practice in a wide variety of educational and community settings.

Bryony Farrant–Davis

Bryony is the Assistant Participation Producer at East London Dance where she delivers projects across the programme for participants aged 3 months – 90 years. Key projects include elders’ company, Leap of Faith; cultural employment and enterprise mentoring programme, The Fi.ELD; and site-specific performance project at the Tower of London with a community cast of 150 young dancers, East Wall. Bryony previously worked at Children and the Arts, a national charity tackling inequality for children in areas of urban deprivation and rural isolation through sustained arts projects. With the charity, she supported national programmes partnering schools and children hospices with their local arts venues.

Having begun her career in the visual arts, Bryony’s work is underpinned by a passion for working across artforms. People are at the heart of Bryony’s practice; using cultural engagement to unlock people’s potential and support personal growth is her core motivation.

Hannah Gaunt

Hannah Gaunt is Learning and Engagement Manager at The Turnpike, an independent art gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester, where the programme focuses on raising aspirations and resilience in within a community experiencing high deprivation and low social mobility. She is also an Associate for Curious Minds, the North West sector support organisation, delivering activity on the CASE (Culture & Arts Schools Experts) Fellowship and Artsmark Partners programmes.

Hannah graduated with a BA Fine Art from Birmingham School of Art in 2010, and MA Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries from University of Leicester in 2018.  Hannah has over 8 years’ experience working in the cultural sector for a range of organisations including the Royal Institute of British Architects, Z-arts, Grundy Art Gallery and MK Gallery. She is currently a North West Area Representative for Engage.

Cheryl Gavin

Cheryl started out as a dancer and is a proud Geordie striving to put the arts into communities like North Tyneside where she grew up.

At Helix Arts she has led a range of programmes from digital music with young carers, to an over 65s falls prevention initiative and currently delivers a training programme with communities to make their own neighbourhood activities happen. Starting at Arts Council, involvement in early Artsmark and Arts Award set her path. She left as Officer (Diversity) with a strong background in grants management and multi-agency working.

Moving to an arts education agency, she led a National schools programme ‘Cultural Hubs,’ before taking achieving a programme Director role. Following this she managed an art on prescription service, running arts studios/outreach to support people with poor mental health. As a recent trustee for LD North East she is excited to be championing disability participatory arts in.

Martin Glover

Martin has always had an appreciation of the Arts which has led to him facilitating guided tours for Deaf sign language users. He brings passion to his lively presentations which attracts an engaged audience.

A new venture sees Martin collaborating with a fellow Deaf guide, establishing a unique partnership which will open up opportunities for Deaf people to participate in the arts and cultural sectors nationally.

In 2010 Martin, who is an Architect, established his niche consultancy, roomfactory, undertaking architectural and deaf-related arts commissions. He is a passionate lifelong advocate of issues concerning mental health and deafness as well as general health awareness for Deaf people. This interest has seen him become a member of the governing body of a school for Deaf children in London, ensuring the Deaf perspective is represented.

Martin’s enthusiastic approach to his endeavours means he delivers well-considered projects to a high standard.

Megan Leigh

Megan is the Learning and Engagement Coordinator for Mission Gallery, Swansea. Within this role she also coordinates Criw Celf across the West Wales region, whilst delivering Mission Gallery’s own extensive Criw Celf provision- this project is an Arts Council of Wales initiative to furthermore able and talented young people in Art & Design. Megan has previously worked as a freelance Project Officer for the Family Arts Campaign and is experienced in delivering a wide range of engagement activities. Her background is in health and social care, and as a result, she is committed to creating further accessibility within the arts.  

Megan is a graduate of Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and has a passion for painting and illustration.

Alex Mc Ewan

Alex is an Interdisciplinary Professional Artist, Creative Project Producer and  Learning Consultant with 15 years’ experience in diverse education and research, across disciplinary arts settings. Alex is interested in the crossover learning to be had between museum / gallery engagement, community outreach projects and formal education.

With an emphasis on inclusive practice, Alex’s key motivation is to nurture confidence and inspire others in the wider sector to do the same so that people can use the arts to better engage with shared social issues. Her award-winning inclusive projects aim to create sustainable communities of learning that transfer ideas across sectors and artistic disciplines.

A keen collaborator, currently working on two participatory Youth Arts Projects in her native Scotland, she has also partnered with numerous London based arts, culture and heritage organisations in conjunction with Sense on outreach projects addressing inclusive community engagement for elderly makers living with the challenges of sensory impairment. She is a visiting lecturer, researcher and public speaker.

Alex’s work strives to help people experience a familiar environment or social challenge anew so that they might resonate with it a on a more personal level and therefore have a more profound, connective and meaningful experience.

Joanna Salter

Joanna Salter is Senior Participation Manager for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. She has worked in the museum sector for eighteen years in education, digital and participation.

Joanna has a background in Fine Art practice. She is passionate about putting contemporary art into historical settings through residency programmes. She spearheaded the RE·THINK participatory space at the National Maritime Museum. This opened up dialogue with visitors and influenced the ethos of collaborative practice in the recently opened new wing.

Joanna is chair of the Sustainability Forum at the Museum and committed to keeping environmental issues on the agenda.

Darshana Vora

Darshana graduated in Architecture in India and moved to the UK where she studied art. She has worked at The Bhavan, London since 2009 as gallery curator and leads the schools outreach programme.

Darshana Vora has an interest in Contemporary Fine and Performing Arts, with a particular focus on the development of Indian Classical Performing arts in the UK and the challenges faced by young performers in navigating their career paths.

Through a career in Architecture, Art and Music, Darshana has a wide range of experiences and is keen to devise new ways of empowering young performers as well as educating audiences to appreciate Classical art forms. She is currently exploring models of collectivism, self-organisation and pedagogy as methods of mutual care and support for the sustenance of artists’ careers.

Jack Shoulder

Jack strongly believes in the power of museum and galleries to change people’s lives. He has worked in Towner Art Gallery since 2015 and has also worked with the V&A and British Museum. Through the Learning programme at Towner, Jack has worked with some of the most vulnerable groups in his local community. He firmly believes that access to and enjoyment of the arts is for everyone.