About Us

  • Kate Adams, Director

    Core Team Artist Director and CEO

    Kate Adams

    Kate Adams is an artist, advocate and parent activist. She has initiated many responsive, collaborative projects with children and adults who have complex support needs and their families, care services, artists and galleries.
    Kate co-founded Project Art Works in 1997 to explore an expanded conception of art that was and continues to be influenced by Paul Colley, her son, who has profound and complex needs and behaviours described as challenging. Project Art Works collaborates with many individuals and their circles of support. The work embraces highly personalised studio practice, Peer Support and major public exhibitions that raise awareness and influence diverse representation in civic and cultural life.
    In 2012 Kate was awarded an MBE for services to art and disability.

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  • Tim Corrigan

    Core Team Creative Director

    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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  • Wendy Routley

    Core Team 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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  • Helen Charlton

    Core Team Head of Development

    Helen Charlton

    Helen Charlton has worked across social care and cultural sectors since 2001. Her expertise spans audience development, marketing, communications, and fundraising. She completed her degree in Visual Culture in 1998, and has since undertaken a Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management, and a Diploma in Marketing. Previous to Project Art Works, Helen was Head of Marketing, Communications and Engagement at Independent Lives – a charity that supports disabled people to live independently, and has worked at in professional development for health and social care professionals, leading on conferences and events at Pavilion. Earlier in her career she worked at regional audience development agency Sussex Arts Marketing, Helen joined Project Art Works in 2019.

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  • Katie Taylor - Creative Programme Manager

    Core Team Creative Programme Manager

    Katie Taylor

    Katie enjoys creative problem solving and loves getting to know people. She has worked extensively in culture and education, from national museums to grass roots festivals. Across the board, she is committed to widening access to provision, opening up new experiences and igniting a spark in people. She is often found facilitating projects behind the scenes, where she is motivated by using her skills and dedication to enable practitioners to focus on working directly with beneficiaries.

    As part of the team that relocated the Design Museum, Katie developed a passion for architecture and user-centred design. This has stayed with her and she continues to use design thinking to guide her approach to work and life.
    With an academic background bridging the sciences and humanities, Katie is readily interested in learning new things across a wide (and widening) range of disciplines. She enjoys walking in big landscapes, especially by the sea.

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  • Patricia Finnegan, Creative Programme Manager - Children & Young People

    Core Team Creative Programme Manager - Children & Young People

    Additional roles Associate Artist

    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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  • Jessica Courtney Bennett

    Core Team Communications & Project Manager

    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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  • Esther Springiest, Community Networks Coordinator

    Core Team Community Networks Coordinator

    Esther Springett

    Esther supports the in-house programmes and leads on the Support Collective. Esther is an advocate for her sister who has complex support needs and uses non-verbal communication. As an artist, Esther likes to explore approaches to art making that build social connectedness using photography, moving image, text, sound, walking, drawing or anything that comes to hand.

Esther has over 10 years experience working on diverse creative and cultural participation programmes for Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and Dv8 Sussex. In 2015 she co-founded Quiet Down There, a community interest company specialising in amplifying everyday creativity. 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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  • Martin Swan, EXPLORERS Project Co-Ordinator

    Core Team EXPLORERS Project Coordinator

    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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  • Gallery & Programme Assistant

    Core Team Gallery & Engagement Coordinator

    Additional roles Associate Artist

    Sally Bourner

    Sally has a background in arts facilitation, learning and Gallery practice.

    Previous to Project Art Works, Sally worked as a volunteers coordinator and artist educator at Fabrica Art Gallery as well as a freelance creative facilitator. Sally has an MA in Inclusive Arts Practice from the University of Brighton and continues to facilitate Inclusive arts workshops in her other time.

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  • Sara Dare

    Core Team Gallery & Production Coordinator and Communications Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

    Additional roles Associate Artist

    Sara Dare

    Sara Dare is a painter and installation artist. She has exhibited internationally and has coordinated and curated group exhibitions in London.

    Sara graduated in Fine Art Painting at The University of Brighton in 2007. In 2010 she received a PGCE in Art and Design and focused on absorbing these methodologies into her approach as a socially-engaged artist and collaborator.

    Sara has worked on a broad range of programming for Project Art works in a variety of roles and responsibilities, including; lead artist, project coordinator, engagement with family and carer networks, and collaborating with partner organisations.

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  • Leila McMillan, Archivist

    Core Team Archivist

    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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  • Annie Joslin, Lead Artist

    Associate Artist 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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  • Mark Daniels, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    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.

  • Magda Patza

    Associate Artist Artist

    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.
  • Georgie Scott, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    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.

  • Associated Artist

    Associate Artist 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.

  • Maya Shapiro Steen

    Associate Artist Artist

    Maya Shapiro Steen

    Maya studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art before going on to complete her MA in the Anthropology of Visual and Material Culture (UCL).  She is interested in social and cultural practices and contexts of making – exploring their uses and their boundaries.

    Working in Arts Education and as a facilitator, she enjoys examining, stretching and expanding these boundaries in order make our innate need to interact expressively with our material world accessible and meaningful.

  • Andrew Cooper, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    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.

  • Thomas Lepora, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    Thomas Lepora

    Thomas is an artist and painter and maker and breaker.

    He has a varied working background from: mental health (ICU and community settings) to boat restoration and third sector environments.

    Thomas’ own art practices focuses on interpersonal relationships with people who have been marginalised in society. Making those connections and building trust is key to his work. He uses found materials to produce objects that are either kept, recycled or gifted to the person who enjoys them the most.

    Thomas also runs workshops for people who are in home education. These are centered around making and collecting materials that can be made into something or broken, depending on what is wanted.

    “It’s all about the process”

  • Oliver Crowther

    Associate Artist Artist

    Oliver Crowther

    Oliver is an artist working in range of media. Through his practice Oliver considers the role of the artist in contemporary society, exploring issues of agency and autonomy through image-making, sound and built environments. Before joining Project Artworks Oliver was a lecturer on the Hastings Foundation Course for four years before returning to education to study. He is currently enrolled on the MFA Fine Art program at Goldsmiths University, London.

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  • Peter Quinell, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    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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  • Holli Macnamara, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    Holli Macnamara

    Holli is an artist and personal assistant supporting children and young people with complex needs in Brighton. She also has experience working in a primary school as an Individual Needs Assistant and volunteering with community art projects.

    Painter and explorer of other mediums Holli is absorbed by small details within nature and eroding human made objects and structures. She paints in an abstract, process led way, guided by what the material offers. She studied Fine Art BA at The University of the West of England and Inclusive Arts Practice MA at Brighton University.

    Holli works on the Art Breaks programme and is one of interns on the Continuing Professional Development programme.

  • Rachel Hine

    Associate Artist Artist

    Rachel Hine

    Rachel is a visual artist. Her work researches and explores ways of understanding and representing the experiences, abilities and needs of marginalized and vulnerable individuals and groups. Rachel has worked as a Project Coordinator and Lead Artist at Project Art Works since 2006 and aims to promote wellbeing and good mental health through the empowerment of art.

    Rachel is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and an Art Psychotherapist registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professionals Council) and BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). She trained at Goldsmiths University London, completing her Masters in Art Psychotherapy in 2018. She works as an Art Psychotherapist in local schools and galleries, specialising working psychodynamically with neurodiverse children, young people and their families.

  • Marley Cole, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    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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  • Andrew Kötting, Artist

    Associate Artist Artist

    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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  • Nick Candler, Chair

    Board Member Trustee (Chair)

    Nick Candler

    Nick Candler was Finance Director from January 2006 to October 2013 then Chief Operating Officer of Pret A Manger till 2018. Nick was 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.

  • Clare Whistler, Trustee

    Board Member Trustee

    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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  • Neville Farrington, Trustee

    Board Member Trustee

    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.

  • Laura Gutowski, Trustee

    Board Member Trustee

    Laura Gutowski

    Laura is a professional organiser. Prior to founding her business Everything In Its Space, Laura worked as a corporate director, strategy consultant and investment banker. She holds a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge, 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.

  • James Cannell, Trustee

    Board Member Trustee

    James Cannell

    James Cannell works at ITG and was creative director of Pret A Manger. His responsibilities included running all of Pret’s branding worldwide in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and Dubai.  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.

  • Anna Farley

    Board Member Board member & Associate artist

    Anna Farley

    Anna Farley is an autistic artist based in London. Balancing concept and craft, Anna makes process-based art using methods of sculpture, photography, sound, drawing, text, and participation. She works as a consultant and facilitating artist across the Project Art Works creative programme and is an advisor to the board.

    In pursuit of making an invisible disability, visible, Anna consults, creates and delivers bespoke Autism awareness training nationally and internationally. working with Tate, Photofusion, The BFI, Creativity Works, and is lead inclusivity designer for Place with Purpose. She was nominated and recognized by Dimensions UK as an award winner of the Autism Leaders List 2018 for her contribution to changing communities.

  • C Stephens

    Board Member Board member

    Charlotte Stephens

    Charlotte has been participating in our Inclusive Studios programmes for many years. Over the past seven years Charlotte has continuously developed and refined her visual language through painting.  Influenced by the seasonal rhythms of her environment, her paintings include family portraits, architecture, local festivals and animals. Charlotte is a very active in the studio often helping and advising other artist/makers. She also is an advisor to the Project Art Works board of trustees.

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