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    Kate Adams

    Kate Adams is a visual artist, co-founder and director of Project Art Works. She has initiated many responsive, collaborative projects with artists, galleries, psychologists, children and adults who have severe neurological impairment and their families.

    Kate’s experience as the mother of a man with complex needs is central to the organisation’s responsive and informed approach. It requires a high degree of knowledge and sensitivity to the ethical issues arising from the inclusion of people who cannot knowingly consent to their involvement in art and culture.

    She believes that knowledge is power and informed diplomacy the most effective means of achieving quality of life for people with complex needs and their families.

    In 2012 Kate was awarded an MBE for services to art and disability.

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    Lead Artist Projects and Productions

    Tim Corrigan

    Tim Corrigan is an artist filmmaker. He has extensive experience of video production both as a cameraman and editor. He has worked with children and adults with severe neurological impairments through a range of projects as a lead and freelance artist for Project Art Works since 1998.

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    Head of Strategy and Development

    Lisa Finch

    Lisa leads on strategic programmes of work and fundraising alongside the senior management team. She also leads on capital development projects and coordinating the submissions of work by our participants to national open calls.

    Previously Lisa was Co Director at Fabrica gallery in Brighton and has over ten years experience developing and managing large EU-funded collaborations. She is a mentor for the EU Creative Europe programme and has lived in France for over ten years and has a background in facilitating and learning.

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    Head of Finance and Operations

    Wendy Routley

    Having worked in London as a manager for a major retailer Wendy moved to Bexhill in 2002 with her two young sons. She was looking for a change in direction and started working for a few hours a week as a freelance finance officer at Project Art Works in 2003.

    In 2004 Wendy joined the team on a permanent basis as Finance Manager. Since then her role has expanded and developed. Wendy loves the challenges that her job provides; a mixture of well-trodden paths and developing ideas. Her role threads throughout the organisation and she works closely with the team on financial and operational planning.

    Participants join us in the office during their lunch breaks; these times are precious. I often have a participant sitting beside me using my computer, singing or having a chat. Such a privilege!

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    Creative Programme Manager - Adults

    Matthew Pitts

    Matthew Pitts is a painter, collector, and writer. Since graduating from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2007, he has been involved in establishing artist-led spaces with a focus on participatory arts practice. Matthew was Co-Director of Back Door Gallery between 2008 and 2012 and has paintings in private collections in the UK, Spain, Sweden and the US. Recent experience also includes management roles within further education colleges and arts organisations in the South East.

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    EXPLORERS Project Co-Ordinator

    Martin Swan

    Martin has 25 years’ experience of working across the arts, as an educator for the British Library, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, and in Further and Higher Education, and as project manager at Focal Point Gallery in Southend and Studio 3 Arts in East London. He co-curated the Science Museum public exhibition ‘Oramics to Electronica’ from 2011-2015. As an electronic musician he has played with a number of high profile artists and had works performed/played on national radio and television. Martin is co-ordinator for the Explorers Project.

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  • Jessica Courtney Bennett

    Communications Coordinator

    Jessica Courtney Bennett

    Jessica has an extensive background in project management and communications spanning the public, private and charity sectors.  Jessica is particularly skilled in partnership working, finding solutions to problems and audience development.

    During her role delivering the Coastal Culture Trail for three award winning contemporary art galleries, Jessica created a brand, coordinated a marketing campaigning and raised the profile of the area as a cultural destination.

    Jessica delivered the Outer London Funded project, New Windows on Willesden Green in Brent that won the Regen & Renewal Award for Boosting High Street Vitality in 2012.

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    EXPLORERS Admin Assistant

    Anne-Marie Watson

    Anne-Marie Watson is an artist who makes large-scale drawings utilising her tiny handwriting. In the two years prior to starting work as Explorers Admin Assistant she has been living nomadically within the UK and travelling abroad, experiences, which over time will become part of her work.  She also has over 13 years experience as a curator, writer and educator having worked for contemporary arts organisations Camden Arts Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, and Invisible Dust as well as on numerous self initiated and collaborative curatorial projects.

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  • Esther Springett

    Community Networks Coordinator

    Esther Springett

    Esther joined the Project Art Works team as Community Networks Coordinator for the PROPEL programme.

    Esther is a socially engaged artist and enjoys different approaches to art making that lead to surprising collaborations and build social connectedness. Esther is an advocate for her sister who has profound and complex needs. 

    As an artist educator and project manager, Esther has over 10 years experience working on diverse programmes for Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and Dv8 Sussex. Esther has worked as a filmmaker with Bouffant Collective and Anti-Ghost Moon Ray and has screened her films at BFI London and the Barbican Centre. She studied Critical Fine Art Practice BA(Hons) (2009) at the University of Brighton and gained a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education (2013).

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    Creative Programme Manager - Children & Young People

    Patricia Finnegan

    Patricia has been working as a freelance artist and educator for over ten years. Her practice focuses on elements of painting and printmaking and she works from drawings and photographs to create layered images on wood, paper and canvases. There is a focus in her work based around nature and the human form.

    In 2010 Patricia completed an MA in Art and Design in Education. Through this she was able to combine research with her work as an artist facilitator. This process has strengthened her evaluation and research skills in all the types of projects that she works on. Patricia continues to explore this field as she feels that the arts can be essential in improving the mental, emotional and physical well being of many individuals.

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    Leila McMillan

    Leila is a Jack-of-all-trades and mistress-of-some. With a background in Fine Art and a degree in sculpture she is also an accomplished knitter, seamstress and fiddle-smith.

    She moved to St Leonard’s-on-Sea in 2005 and made contact with Project Art Works whilst looking for activities for her daughter Eden – a keen artist with learning disabilities.

    After first working as an artist on a few projects she is now the resident archivist – although she loves getting the occasional chance to spend time in the studios with the makers.

    Her daughter Eden enjoys coming to the Mentoring Studios on Wednesdays.

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    Lead Artist - Thursday and Friday Parachute Club

    Rachel Hine

    Rachel studied printed textiles at Loughborough art college and has her own practice as a fine artist specialising in drawing and printmaking.
    Since qualifying as an art teacher and training in community arts in Brighton, she has worked as an artist educator in various schools, colleges and universities, museums and galleries.
    Rachel has worked as an artist on Project Art Works programmes since 2002 and is currently studying for an MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University.

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    Lead Artist

    Annis Joslin

    Annis Joslin is an artist and filmmaker with a background in performance graduating from Dartington College Arts in the early 90’s, then shifting into film and video and completing an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2000, followed by a year-long studio fellowship. People are at the heart of all her work, with many projects documentary based and central to her approach is creating encounters and making connections with communities through conversation and creative interventions. She has always maintained a dual commitment to her educational/participatory arts practice and creative output with projects and commissions from The Royal College of Physicians, The British Museum, The Women’s Library, London, The National Trust, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, Photoworks, Lighthouse and Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton. She has worked with Project Art Works on numerous varied projects since 2003.

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    Trustee (Chair)

    Nick Candler

    Nick Candler is Chief Operating Officer of Pret A Manger. He was Finance Director from January 2006 to October 2013. Nick has been a driving force behind Pret’s expansion plans after a year of record sales and store openings, with the British sandwich chain now having 264 shops in the UK as part of its portfolio. Joining at a time when the company was starting to expand internationally, Nick has seen Pret undertake ambitious plans resulting in new shop openings in Paris and the US.

Nick champions some of the company’s more philanthropic policies, including its innovative apprenticeship scheme, which provides short-term placements for ex-offenders and the homeless. In addition, he is responsible for Pret’s sustainability department.

    Nick has been a Trustee of Project Art Works since 2004, and acted as Chair since October 2010 overseeing an exciting period of growth in the delivery of its innovative practice.

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    Clare Whistler

    Clare Whistler is an artist, performer, curator and writer with her roots in dance and choreography. Trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and Rambert School of Dance, Whistler worked as a dancer and choreographer in Toronto, New York, and San Francisco, with her own company DanceArtCompany, for which 40 choreographers made pieces.

    Whistler creates site-specific collaborative performance works that are often accompanied with books. She was an Leverhulme Artist in Residence at QMUL during 2013-14 and has been Artist in Residence at Bunces Barn since 2010 working on projects about wildflowers, bees, poetry. She has worked for the past 15 years in opera, as a director and movement director, mostly at Glyndebourne Opera House and including working on iconic productions by Peter Sellers and Bill Viola, Theodora and Tristan, as well as directing numerous education and community projects.

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    Shona Illingworth

    Shona is a visual artist. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, the Wellcome Collection, London, the National Museum, Tirana and Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto and she has received high profile commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, the Hayward Gallery, London and Channel 4 Television.

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    Neville Farrington

    Neville Farrington is Managing Director of East Head Sustainable Futures LTD.

    He is a Strategy Consultant with long-standing international client relationships in business and brand strategy, innovation, leadership, organisational development, facilitation and coaching – across a wide range of sectors including financial services, energy, food, drinks, skills and NGOs. He also has a deep background in botany, ecology and sustainability. He lives and works from a house on a pond in a wood.

    Neville became a trustee of Project Artworks in 2016. He is helping us develop our strategy and explore new ways of increasing the impact of our work.

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    Marion Purdey

    Educated to BA (Hons) level and a qualified Montessori teacher, Marion has served on the Hastings and St. Leonards Museum Association Committee for 25 years and has been its Chair for 12 years. She served as Director and Trustee of Care for the Carers for three years, served on the local Care for the Carers Advisory Committee for ten years and chaired it for three. Marion’s youngest son (34) has severe cerebral palsy and lives with his family.

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    Laura Gutowski

    Laura is the Director of Strategy and Innovation for Pret A Manger. She is responsible for accelerating the company’s international expansion and enabling significant, scalable development. Prior to joining Pret, Laura worked in strategy consulting and mergers and acquisitions. She holds an MBA, with a concentration in Strategy, from London Business School, and a BA in History, with honors, from Yale University.

    Laura has been interested and involved in the arts from a young age. In her teens she won the prestigious Scholastic Art Award in the Ceramics & Glass category, has had her work displayed in multiple galleries and museums, and taught pottery classes for many years. She was particularly interested in joining Project Art Works given its unique mission of using art to affect positive societal change.

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    James Cannell

    James Cannell is currently working as creative director of Pret A Manger. His responsibilities include running all of Pret’s branding worldwide in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and Dubai. He’s usually working in one of these cities by guiding the work in the local markets and retaining the creative voice of the brand. The brand’s aesthetic and whimsical take on food and ingredients are a result of Cannell’s background as a designer, writer, and creative director.

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    Lead Artist

    Sara Dare

    Sara Dare works as a lead artist for Project Art Works and has collaborated on a wide variety of programmes for ten years. Approaches have incorporated; studio lead practice, intensive interaction and engagement with participants and their families and projects embedded within the community alongside organisations such as Fabrica and Milton Keynes Gallery.

    Sara is a painter and installation artist. Her practice explores the relationships between process, environment and ambiguity of form through an abstract and sensory language.

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    Mark Daniels

    Mark’s work is concerned with capturing moments in time where breakdowns in human communication happen. It is narrative-led and he writes and makes images in various ways in order to illustrate particular incidents when things have different meanings from different personal viewpoints.

    The bulk of Mark’s work is in the form of short stories with a darkly comical theme. He uses the letterpress process as a way of both being selective editorially and to lend the work a historical permanence. Mark uses found objects, such as pages from old books, as well as carefully selected objects and ephemera, which he alters for this purpose.

    Mark has worked as an art teacher in special education for twelve years and his experiences there influence aspects of the themes that he explores within his practice. He is currently undertaking an MA in sequential design at Brighton University.

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    Marley Cole

    Marley graduated from the London College of Printing with an honours degree in Sonic Art, worked in the heart of Soho as an audio transfer engineer and then took on a role at the BBC digitising, mastering and restoring the gramophone and reel-to-reel radio archive.

    Since relocating to Hastings Marley has worked as a freelance sound designer and teaches sound design for digital games at the University of Brighton. He has a deep passion for electronic music and experimental audio technology.

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    Magda Patza

    Magda Pata is an Inclusive Arts Practitioner who works collaboratively across the arts alongside people from diverse and marginalised community groups, both in the UK and Romania. She is interested in scaffolding ideas and processes to create opportunities for self-expression and connections through movement, sound, and mark-making. Over the years, she has worked with people of all ages and abilities, in the different roles of facilitator, support worker, artist, collaborator, creating performances for film, photography and sound installations. Magda also has a background in education, in developing and delivering combined arts training programmes for care staff in Romania.
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    Georgie Scott

    Georgie is a photographer and artist with a degree in photography from the London College of Printing.

    Since graduation Georgie has lived both overseas and in the UK regularly working with vulnerable communities to explore ways to enable stories to be told through still and moving image, audio recordings and participatory workshops.

    People have always been central to Georgie’s work, first as a press, travel and portrait photographer and later whilst working with Save the Children, the Children’s Society & ActionAid, amongst others.

    Georgie moved to Hastings to be near the sea and works on the Parachute and Art Breaks programmes.

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    Andrew Cooper

    Andrew is an artist, musician and support worker with a degree in photographic arts.

    In the last 10 years Andrew has combined work in the third sector, working as a senior support worker and being involved in the Sussex music scene. Andrew works as a music facilitator, supporting artists with learning disabilities in Brighton. Locally, he works as a music tutor, bringing digital music making to young people in Hastings.

    At Project Art Works Andrew draws on his experience as a musician, artist and support worker to work in a responsive, creative and person centred way with the individuals he supports.

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    Andrew Kötting

    Andrew Kötting was born in Elmstead Woods, and went on to become a Lumberjack in the forests of Scandinavia. He trained at the Slade in London under Stuart Brisley, specialising in performance with film and painting. His most recent work By Our Selves was made in collaboration with the writer Iain Sinclair and his daughter Eden Kötting. He now lives by the sea in St Leonards and is often seen in it.

    Andrew Kötting is one of Britain’s most intriguing artists, and perhaps the only film-maker currently practising who could be said to have taken to heart the spirit of visionary curiosity and hybrid creativity exemplified by the late Derek Jarman. Formally exploratory and aesthetically innovative, like Jarman he is also a great collaborator, building around his various projects a community of shared interest, while anchoring his prolific production in an ongoing report on the lives of those closest to him.

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    Associated Artist

    Dion Downes

    Dion is an Artist and specialist support worker, who lives and works in Hastings. He has been studying health and social care specifically relating to individuals with learning disabilities/difficulties and supporting them to develop and maintain their independent living skills since 2012. Dion does this alongside practicing art with a focus on optical illusions and experimenting with dimensions.

    Dion is passionate about social inclusion and personalisation and is a keen advocate for spreading awareness regarding neuro-diversity.

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    Peter Quinell

    Peter studied at Chelsea and the Royal College of Art and has been working with collage and assemblage for 30 years, both as an artist and illustrator. From 1984 -1999 he was half of the pioneering collage duo Archer/Quinnell. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines, book jackets, record sleeves, shop window displays and advertising campaigns in the UK and internationally, and he exhibits his fine art pieces regularly.
    He teaches at Sussex Coast College and is active in adults’ and children’s community projects and workshops with Radiator Arts.

    He lives and works in Hastings.

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