Staff

Leah Reeves

Leah Reeves

Creative Manager

‘I have been with Art4Space since 2013 as a mosaic artist and I now manage a range of both community and commercial artistic projects that come to our studio.  With a background in Fine Art and advertising, I bring a blend of artistic flair and strategic insight to our team.

I enjoy each stage of a project from conceptualisation to final execution, making sure that our vision is delivered to a high standard, but also aligns with the broader organisational goals.  

We have a great team of artists and tutors, all of whom have many different skills and it is a pleasure to get their creativity expressed through our work. 

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is witnessing the pride and satisfaction of participants of all ages seeing their mosaic creations take shape. It’s amazing to see the profound impact that art can have on individuals and communities, and I love how Art4Space creates an environment where participants have a safe space to explore their artistic expression.

 I also enjoy working collaboratively and developing new partnerships where new challenges and ideas can grow into the unexpected.’

creative@art4space.co.uk

Katrine Stolsnes

Katrine Stolsnes

Office Manager

‘I joined Art4Space in 2016. I work closely with Julie and the Board to deliver Art4Space’s objectives. I manage the office, finances and marketing of the organisation, including reporting for our funding, database records and NOCN qualifications.

I have a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, and a background with admin and marketing from arts organisations and festivals. I have always had a passion to work for organisations that make a difference and I enjoy to see people flourishing when attending the programmes I have worked behind the scenes with. During university, I was fascinated by the important impact of creating art together with the community and artists for public art displays.’

info@art4space.co.uk

Andrea Paltzer

Andrea Paltzer

Fundraising and Business Development Manager

‘As a fundraising and business development manager for Art4Space, I oversee the bigger fundraising programmes and strategy with the director. I am responsible for meeting income targets by grant and funding applications. Plus using various techniques to generate more business and donations from sources such as the public (community/mass participation events and regular giving) and benefactors.’

business@art4space.co.uk

Kim Dixon

Kim Dixon

Volunteer Manager and Welfare Officer

I am a visual artist with a passion for sharing the therapeutic and cognitive health benefits that art and creativity can bring. To help develop my passion into a career, I began as a volunteer at Art4Space in 2020. I now manage the Creative Surgery sessions and provide support to our volunteers. My advocacy for wellbeing continues throughout the organisation by looking after the welfare of our staff.

I foster a positive and celebratory environment, which creates a gratifying feeling when working closely with our participants and seeing their creativity flourish.

Outside of Art4Space my personal mission for creative health extends through art and wellbeing workshops for older adults and reminiscence arts for people with dementia and their carers.‘ 

voluneer@art4space.co.uk

Natalie Russell

Natalie Russell

Lead Tutor

‘I joined Art4Space in 2012. I lead our Reaching Communities programmes, plus Why Art Matters and Creative Culture Clubs, autism groups and our young people programmes such as Creative Pathways. I am an experienced tutor for our therapeutic interventions.

I love colours – The more colours the better! I studied Art at GCSE and Textiles at A-level then ran to the seaside and play with words in the Welsh countryside. I am a holistic facilitator always with a plan, but always willing to go down a tangent if I think it is beneficial to the group. I encourage exploration of the art form and to enjoy the process. If we are not making mistakes we are not growing. Lets learn to sit with our selves and the art we create!

Gemma Hunter

Gemma Hunter

Peer Support Manager, SEN and Social Prescribing Lead & Link Worker for Supportive Services

I discovered Art4Space in 2021 through the Creative Enterprise course. I have a background in art, education, teaching and working within the local community. 

I derive immense satisfaction from teaching arts and mental health as I get to witness first-hand the transformative power of creativity in improving individuals’ well-being. Through the expressive nature of art, I feel privileged to guide others on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. Witnessing the positive impact it has on their mental health is truly inspiring and reinforces my passion for this important work with Art4Space.

I am very proud of how the peer support ‘Wellbeing Through Creativity’ sessions have grown and developed. The service plays a vital role in addressing the mental health challenges faced by individuals in our community. By providing a platform for artistic expression and creative exploration, empowering individuals to navigate their emotions, cope with stress, and enhance their overall mental well-being. This, in turn, contributes to building a healthier and more resilient community.

Furthermore, this arts and mental health social prescribing service offers an alternative approach to traditional healthcare interventions. By incorporating creative practices into mental health support, we provide individuals with a holistic approach to their well-being. This approach recognises the unique needs and strengths of each individual, allowing for personalised and effective interventions..‘

peer@art4space.co.uk

John McNair

John McNair

Community Connector, LGBTQ+ Lead and Green Policy - Sustainability Officer

I joined Art4Space as a volunteer and LGBTQ+ lead in 2021. I am an interdisciplinary designer with an academic background in textile design, ceramics, graphic design and design research with a postgraduate Master’s degree in design. I retrained in 2018/19 to become a community arts facilitator, art and design tutor and mentor. I now facilitate the Reaching Communities; Social Action Programme courses at Art4Space. Within and outwith Art4Space, I also lead community art projects, facilitate courses and run workshops with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. I became the Art4Space green policy – sustainability officer in 2022. I am passionate about using art and design as a tool for social change within the area of social sustainably and community development, to improve human well-being and livelihood.

community@art4space.co.uk

Fran Focolini

Fran Focolini

Tutor

‘I have a background in fashion/textile design , having gained initial experience working for clothing brands I have dedicated  the last ten years to developing my own label as well as supporting emerging designers via my previous independent London store Labour of Love. 
Along the way I have also enjoyed giving talks to design students at colleges and universities on how to go about setting up their own design initiatives.
More recently my interest has shifted to working within the community, in particular with children and I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to start exploring this  through voluntary work in 2018 and working in the community and completing my MA. I currently run our Reaching Communities courses.’

Morgane Brieussel

Morgane Brieussel

Workshop Facilitator

‘I joined Art4space in 2018, assisting the Why Art Matters programmes and facilitating Art after school club at the studio. I am passionate about visual arts being powerful educational tools to support children in developing healthy creative minds. I have recently completed my MA and enjoy Art4Space projects as they are all so varied and inspiring.’

Laura Ridgen

Laura Ridgen

Mental Health First Aid Partner

‘I am an Australian born specialist Wellbeing Consultant with an academic background in Neuroscience (second major in Anatomy & Human Biology) and Postgraduate Psychology. I draw on a wealth of international experience in workplace health to bring the science of wellbeing to life with humour, honesty and practical lived experience. Currently, I work with various clients from small start-ups to FTSE 100 companies providing Mental Health First Aid training, wellbeing workshops and consultancy to help their people and their businesses thrive.’

Ellie Buckingham

Ellie Buckingham

Tutor

‘I joined the lovely Art4Space team in Autumn 2020. With and outside of Art4Space, I work on creative participation projects; helping communities to access the arts and use them to learn, grow and improve their well-being. I also work for a local women’s aid, providing 1:1 and group support with 13-25’s who’ve experienced Domestic Abuse. I use a trauma-informed approach in sessions and work with both fine arts and performing arts. I currently run our Reaching Communities courses and young people programmes such as Creative Pathways.’

Lucie Tucker

Lucie Tucker

Artist in residence

‘I joined Art4Space in 2021 under the Kickstarter scheme. After six months with completion of the scheme, I joined the team as studio assistant. I help Leah and Louise with studio tasks and enjoy completing the mosaic and ceramic projects. I teach on outreach sessions too.’

Daisy Brown

Daisy Brown

Intern

‘I have recently joined Art4Space, following my graduation with a BA in Fine Art last year. I aim to explore the diverse opportunities Art4Space has to offer, engaging with various aspects of our workshops, classes, and studio projects. I have experience with community-based arts organisations running outreach programs and arts workshops. My role allows me to understand the valuable contributions a community arts space makes, while also providing an opportunity to learn from the exceptionally skilled team here.
As a site-responsive artist, my practice focuses on the connection between travel and psycho-geography, particularly what is observed through rituals, inefficient actions and labour while travelling by foot or bike. I seek to observe a mediation of social relations through acts that contemplate the beauty in chance, community and imprint.’

We also work with a team of skilled and dedicated sessional freelancers – thanks to them too!

Co-Founders

Dani Lee

Dani Lee

Co-Founder and Community Artist

Dani is a co-founder of Art4Space.
She now lives in rural South-West Wales where she runs the successful community arts organisation, Dani Lee Arts, creating stunning murals of mosaic or cob, earth ovens and sculptures.

dani@danileearts.co.uk

Elinor Seath

Elinor Seath

Co-Founder

Eli is a co-founder of Art4Space.
Eli resigned in March 2022 and now lives in Ramsgate moving onto new endeavours.
Leaving an amazing lasting legacy behind her and feels proud of all that she achieved during the 22 years at Art4Space. What an achievement and making a huge difference to thousands of lives through art and creativity.

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