Working between art galleries, workshop environments, education institutions, site-specific projects, and working for individual artists and artist-led organisations Ryan Curtis is an experienced art technician who has worked in professional fabrication and installation environments for the past eight years. Ryan is also an artist who has exhibited throughout the UK, more information can be found at ryan-curtis.co.uk
BETH EMILY RICHARDS
Beth Emily Richards is an artist, researcher, associate lecturer, and creative producer. She is particularly interested in supporting artist-led activity, socially-engaged projects, performance and moving image. She is a funded doctorate student conducting an arts practice-research PhD, and has over ten years experience of supporting arts research events, publications, digital projects, exhibitions and performances, bringing these to both an academic and public audience. Her own practice investigates methods of contemporary myth-making via a feminist and decolonial lens. She runs Rame Projects CIC with Lucy Stella Rollins, a contemporary arts project space in South East Cornwall.
Past artist-led and creative producing experience has given her a wide skill set including: fundraising, mentoring artists and producers, budget management and reporting, marketing, project management, community engagement, and audience development. She also regularly runs workshops for all ages and is an associate lecturer at Plymouth University. Artist-led projects include: co-directing Project Space 11, an artist-led space in Plymouth City Market (2010-2011); developing and producing Come To Ours, a three month programme of artist-led activity across Plymouth in 2011); co-running Video Social Club, a peripatetic artist-led moving image event (2015-2017); co-founding the artist-led Sister Sister collective (2015-2018); co-directing Rame Projects, a visual arts project space in South East Cornwall (2019). Producing for organisations include: fashion photography campaigns for Rachel Elliston Photography (2008-2009); the Reading Room for The Pigs Of Today Are The Hams of Tomorrow, Marina Abramovic and Plymouth Arts Centre (2010); arts research events and festivals for Plymouth University, the Arts Institute and Peninsula Arts (2010-2015);marketing and communications producing for LOW PROFILE’s Jamboree (2017-2018); creative producing for Take A Part including symposium Social Making (2015-current).
Lucy Stella Rollins is a South West based Contemporary Art Curator and Producer. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BFA in Fine Art, Contemporary Practices with Cultural Entrepreneurship from Dartington College of Arts.
Alongside curating and producing, Lucy’s experience and skill set include fundraising, reporting writing, mentoring, associate lecturing at BA and MA level and art writing. She has worked on large scale public realm exhibition projects including Iteration:Again, Tasmania, Australia (2011-2012) and was producer on The Atlantic Project, a pilot for a biennial for Plymouth in 2018. In the past she has worked for Rowing Projects, London (2013-2014); Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London (2014); Serpentine Galleries - Director’s Office (2016) and Plymouth Arts Centre (2017-2018). For Plymouth Arts Centre she programmed the PAC Home associates programme, supported 10 residencies and curated 14 gallery and cinema based exhibitions alongside Artistic Director Ben Borthwick including Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, ‘Finding Fanon Sequence’; Mike Perry ‘Land / Sea’; Ciara Phillips ‘Systems For Saying It’ (as part of We The People Are The Work); Clare Thornton, ‘Materials of Resistance’; Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, ‘To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation’; Evan Ifekoya, ‘She Was a Full Body Speaker’; Allan Sekula, ‘Lottery of the Sea’; Rory Pilgrim, ‘The Sacred Repositories Trilogy’ and Sam Smith, ‘The Horizontal Window’.
Curatorial projects include ‘Testing Ground 2013: Disappearing Into One’ at The Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012-2013) and ‘Not Everything Can Be Tied Down/ Your Split Ends Are Showing’ at DKUK Salon, London (2016). Lucy’s current curatorial research is focused on developing a series of exhibition projects that explores Plymouth specific social/economic/political contexts.
Photo credit: Dom Moore
Phil Rushworth is a contemporary art producer based in Plymouth, UK, with a particular focus on rural audiences and contexts. She enjoys work that brings people together to share interesting ideas with time-based media, participation and conviviality.
For the past 10 years she has produced a variety of projects across Cornwall and Devon, including The Penzance Convention and several editions of the Cornwall Workshop for CAST and the community focused It’s All About the River film festival for the River Tamar Project in 2014. Her curated projects include devising the Confluence art programme for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in 2013 and co-directing 24hr Comic Etc. in 2011.
Most recently, from 2015-2018, she worked as producer for the development of The Atlantic Project, a pilot for a new biennial style festival for the South West, curated by Tom Trevor. She has worked with a range of local and international artists, including Thompson and Craighead, Uriel Orlow, Nilbar Gures and Tommy Støckel.
Paul Ager is an artist blacksmith and art technician based in Plymouth. Having studied metalwork and silversmithing in Plymouth and London, Paul is based at Flameworks where he specialises in fabrication of works for artists and bespoke architectural metalwork for residential and industrial properties. This work ranges from small-scale pieces to large sculptural works.
Paul has over 20 years experience working in museums, galleries and exhibitions nationally and internationally. As a freelance carpenter/engineer for Harris Blythe (2000-2007) he worked on a range of major projects including: the interior of a submarine for the Imperial War Museum; a series of ‘Pepper’s Ghosts’ (a holographic technique) for the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; a projected AV installation of a virtual book for the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Taiwan; Anthony Gormley’s ‘Blind Light’ installation at the Hayward Gallery (2007). Paul is currently Technical Coordinator at KARST, where he has installed a range of ambitious exhibitions including; Fig Futures (a series of 4 exhibitions in 4 weeks), Morgan Quaintance’s Hysteresis; Light Observed (organised by Damian Griffiths); and Bad Actors. Paul has also supported KARST’s community engagement projects, assisting local primary school children in curating and installing exhibitions of their work in the gallery.
Rosie Bowery is an artist and illustrator based in Bristol. She recently completed a Masters in Art & Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London and has worked on projects with Plymouth Arts Centre, Nudge Community Builders, The Atlantic Project, and Take A Part. She also runs Nowhere Illustration Fair, which aims to create a space for illustrators to meet, share ideas, and sell work.
Tilly Craig is a writer, researcher and creative producer based in Devon. She holds an MA in Literature and Film from the University of Exeter, and a BA in Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London. Tilly has extensive experience in arts writing and marketing, having developed printed and digital materials – from publications to web content – for Plymouth College of Art. Her research has examined gender and the occult through contemporary media and online landscapes, and she is a member of Black Mirror network. Her writing has been published by Elephant and Broccoli, and in artists editions and independent zines.
In 2018 Tilly co-organised Seeking the Marvellous, an interdisciplinary symposium examining the work of Ithell Colquhoun and other women connected with Surrealism and occultism in Britain. Working alongside filmmaker Russell Cleave, Tilly produced and directed the documentary film, A Spirit in Place (2018) responding to the connection between magic and place intrinsic to Ithell Colquhoun’s work. The film follows Jo O’Cleirigh as he revisits Lamorna Valley and recalls stories of magic, myth, ritual, folklore and history. Tilly is interested in exploring themes of identity, place and the occult through written and visual projects. She is currently co-editing a book of selected papers from Seeking the Marvellous symposium.
A motivated and positive individual with strong aspirations, Llyr Davies, has worked as a freelance technician for South West based arts institutions, galleries and artist led organisations such as Plymouth Art Weekender for the last 6 years. He has worked for Plymouth University to install summer graduate shows, The Atlantic Project 2018 and Plymouth Arts Centre exhibitions. Llyr has a background in plastering with site skills. He is a project manager for public arts collective LOCI,
specialising in murals.
Llyr is also a multidisciplinary artist who expresses himself through installations, sound, film and paint and has exhibited work throughout the UK and Amsterdam.
Rachel Dobbs is an artist & educator based in Plymouth, with 15+ years experience in initiating, developing and delivering artist-led projects. These range from large-scale participatory projects, to small-scale live moments, gallery exhibitions and durational performances - shown nationally and internationally.
Rachel is ½ of LOW PROFILE, co-director of Jamboree (a national gathering of artists & curators), co-director of Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth (a member-led network for the creative and visual arts community in Plymouth & the South West), founder of North Star Study Group (a creative learning project for adults investigating the contexts and impacts of colonialism) and was coordinator of Visual Arts Plymouth’s Talent Development programme (2017-2018). Rachel regularly delivers community education projects for Take A Part and specialises in project development & consultancy, creative education, supporting neurodiverse artists & crowdfunding for creative and community projects.
She is also the author of the ACE Cheatsheet, and a visiting specialist on MA & BA programmes with a range of organisations including University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, University of Winchester & University of Manchester.
Leah Harris is a visual arts producer with 7+ years experience of supporting artists to develop and deliver ambitious exhibitions. Leah’s background in prop making and set building led her to specialise in working as a gallery producer managing all logistical aspects of delivering exhibitions. From project management and budgets to bespoke exhibition design and leadership of technicians/volunteers, Leah works to support artists to realise their ideas.
Leah was Producer for The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art 2013 - 2020. During this time she delivered successful public exhibitions with artists including Rose Wylie, Katie Schwab, Matt Stokes and Simon Bayliss. As a freelance producer she worked as co-event manager for Jamboree 2018, a national gathering of artists & curators; alongside producing the public realm outcomes of Matthew Raw’s ACE funded project Tactile Change, Plymouth, 2018-19.
Leah is also a farmer, co-managing a 220 acre mixed organic farm just outside of Plymouth.
Tim Mills is an Artist, Producer and Curator based in Plymouth.
He has previously worked at Magnum Photos New York; the ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto; The Atlantic Project – a pilot for an international festival of contemporary art in the South West of England – and he is currently Curator of Contemporary Art at The Box, Plymouth and an Associate Lecturer in Photography at the University of Plymouth.
His interest is primarily in historic and contemporary photographic practice, with outcomes presented and realised in the public realm.
Dom Moore is a South West based Photographer. He takes photographs of trees, dogs and sometimes humans. He works across the creative industries and has documented The Atlantic Project 2018, The Plymouth Art Weekender 2019 and has regularly worked with Plymouth Arts Centre, KARST, The Gallery at PCA, Real Ideas Organisation, Nudge Community Builders, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University.
Rhys Morgan is a Plymouth based interdisciplinary queer artist and producer. His work has been shown consistently around the Southwest as well as across the UK, and in 2017 he was selected as one of the Plymouth Platform 2018 artists. He is currently an assistant producer for Take A Part and was recently the assistant producer for the Plymouth Art Weekender (2017-2018), he has since become a Visual Arts Plymouth Activator and director. Rhys is also a Contemporary Arts Membership Plymouth (CAMP) director. He has been a studio holder at Ocean Studios since 2016 following his first exhibition in the city in the January of that year.
Hannah Pollard is an artist and arts educator. She has a degree in Fine Art (Media Arts and Performance) from Cardiff Metropolitan University and was Creative Learning Coordinator at Plymouth Arts Centre from 2012 to 2018. She also worked on the production of the Looe Street Detectives exhibitions at Plymouth Arts Centre in 2013 and 2018.
Josie Spencer is a South West based arts producer specialising in public realm projects, currently working as Public Art Producer for The Box in Plymouth. She graduated with BA (Hons) Fine Art from UWE in 2010 followed by an MA in Arts Curating from UWE in 2018. Her work to date has included projects with Kaleider, Situations, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth School of Creative Arts and Knowle West Media Centre.
Josie’s interests lie in delivering ambitious work with artists and partners that engage new audiences and catalyse positive change for people and places. At Kaleider Josie produced public art commissions ‘Pig’ and ‘Our Dancing Shadows’. She took a key role in touring the artwork to a variety of European and UK sites: Oerol Festival in the Netherlands, Travellings Festival in France, Moss in Norway, Terni in Italy, Cork Midsummer Festival in Ireland, Kelburn Garden Party in Scotland, Arts by the Sea Festival in Bournemouth and most recently FiraTàrrega in Spain. Josie also led on the public launch event for Kaleider’s new production house, Kaleider Studios.
When working at Situations Josie took a significant role in supporting artist Andy Ingamells’ commission ‘Up Down Left Right’ and also worked on The Tale, a major Ambition for Excellence project backed by ACE. At Plymouth College of Art, Josie delivered two editions of the international conference ‘Making Futures’ in 2015 and 2017 plus associated public exhibitions ‘Acts of Making’ 2015 and ‘Kanghyo Lee in Performance’ 2017. Josie’s earliest Involvement with a major public realm work was Suzanne Lacy’s project ‘The University of Local Knowledge’ at Knowle West Media Centre in 2010.
Gemma has worked in the arts in Plymouth for 10 years. Over that time her work has crossed many different disciplines and involved a range of projects as diverse as Community radio, public art, theatre, sculpture, mass dance, stone carving, tour guiding and orchestral outreach.
Always at the heart of these projects is a desire to produce work that collaborates with people, supports new audiences to experience and enjoy artwork for the first time or to grow their passion for the arts in a new direction.
Gemma has worked with Take A Part for the last 9 years; starting as programme coordinator before moving on to become creative education producer with a focus on delivering the ‘Crazy Glue’ arts group project. In addition to Take A Part, Gemma has worked for Horizon; a major two-year programme of visual arts festivals, events and exhibitions in Plymouth; during which she was responsible for producing and leading the community engagement programme. In 2013-2015 Gemma also coordinated the Plymouth element of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s strategic touring project ‘iOrchestra’.
Gemma has also worked with Plymouth Dance and The Barbican Theatre and is a freelance dance teacher, photographer and occasional performer. She feels this cross arts approach is a huge strength in her abilities as a producer.
Gemma is Plymouth born and bred; with many fingers in many pies she is an individual with a passion for the arts and a desire to support the local scene to cross-pollinate, share projects and flourish, this is something she hopes to continue for many years to come.
Katy Richardson is an artist, arts professional and educator based in Plymouth. Her MA in Contemporary Art Practice was awarded by Plymouth University in 2019.
As the former Gallery Manager at Edgar Modern (Bath) and now a Director of Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth (CAMP) CIC, Katy has been involved in fundraising and bid writing for artist-led projects, project management for art fairs and exhibitions in the UK and overseas, and production of promotional materials and press releases. She carried these skills, along with overseeing several social media channels, through to Plymouth Art Weekender 2019 in her role as Marketing Coordinator, and continues to be an Activator of Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) CIC.
Since 2017, Katy has been an associate lecturer at Plymouth University, as well as a regular visiting artist to the Media Arts programme there. She also has 8 years English Language teaching experience, which means her grasp of the language is excellent and she is proficient with working to word count, proofreading, writing copy and advising on written communications.
Hannah Rose is a Plymouth based artist, curator and producer. Hannah holds a MA in Fine Art from Piet Zwart Institute, Hogeschool Rotterdam (2003-2005) and a BA in Fine Art from Exeter School of Art & Design (2000-2003). Hannah is also qualified to teach 16yrs+ with a PGCE from Plymouth University (2006).
Hannah has worked as Curator at Plymouth College of Art since 2006, establishing the gallery from scratch to become a regionally and nationally recognised programme. Hannah has curated over 50 exhibitions and specialises in supporting artists to develop new work including through the ongoing biennial project The South West Showcase which she set up in 2003. Hannah was a founding member of Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium and Plymouth Visual Arts Programming Group (which she currently chairs) and has played a key role in advocating for and supporting the development of visual arts in the city. This work has seen Hannah co-deliver 5 multi-site, multi-partner projects, The Animal Gaze (2009), The British Art Show (2011), Sinopticon (2012), Walk On (2014) and We the People are the Work (2017).
Hannah is also one half of the artist duo LOW PROFILE (est 2003) with Rachel Dobbs. Over the past 16+ years LOW PROFILE have demonstrated their ongoing commitment and demonstrable track record in initiating & producing ambitious artist-led projects/initiatives (Jamboree 2018 & 2015, Plymouth Peer Residency, 2017, Come to Ours 2011, DXDX studios 2010-2015 & PL:ay 2007) alongside their established arts practice (which has recently seen them commissioned by organisations including National Trust, The Harris Museum, Preston & the Edge Arts, Bath).
Alongside these key roles Hannah has worked as a freelance producer and mentor including:
Abigail Reynolds, The Mother’s Bones (producer) 2016
Plymouth Platform Mentor for Laura Edmunds (including supporting the artist to secure ACE funding) 2017
Take A Part, A new digital map for Barne Barton (producer) 2017
Hannah skill set and experience includes: curating, project management, fundraising/bid writing (including supporting artists to develop funding bids), copy editing, evaluation and marketing.