The steering committee comprises experienced artists, curators and educators with connection to the neighbouring communities, all of whom are enthusiastically dedicated to supporting artists with ability at all levels.
We are currently in discussion with a number of art organisations and individuals in providing additional voluntary and professional administration services for the project. In addition, we intend to recruit a community of volunteers, active in the day-to-day management, developing their own creative practice, networking and connection with artists.
Clare is an established Fine Artist and educator (BA 1st class Hons, MA). Here work is primarily in portrait sculpture and figurative work.
In 2014 she was commissioned by Wicksteed Park, Kettering, to create two life-size sculptures of children, cast in bronze. They were installed in the newly restored paddling lake in March 2015.
Curated and made new work for exhibitions: Step into my Shoes - Significant Journeys on Foot at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery 2012. War and Communities at St John’s Waterloo, London SE1 2013 and then at The Quaker Meeting House, Northampton 2014. Exhibited in Gloucestershire with painter Charlotte Abbatt and Edwin Alvis 2016.
Clare is an Associate Member of the Northamptonshire Town & County Art Society. Clare teaches regularly at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art and through You Can Do Art: www.youcandoart.co.uk
Richard has been in the commercial property industry since 1969 and is passionate about the regeneration of vacant buildings He brings important financial experience to the group.
During the 1990s he played a major part in the regeneration of London’s city fringes being involved in the conversion of redundant industrial buildings to workspace and urban living. Having sold his company Urban Spaces in 1998 he ran Amazing Space with his wife Polly Parrish (see below) and in 2012 formed Vacant Space Management which has housed some 300 charitable/community and art organisations in buildings throughout the UK.
Matt has worked in arts charities and worker’s cooperatives for virtually his whole career
He was a professional musician with his own recording studio throughout the 80’s and 90’s before changing direction as a music workshop leader specialising in working with severely physically disabled musicians.
After a successful 4-year period as Operations Director for Drake Music, a national charity with closed ties to its Patron - Jools Holland, Matt went on to set up a number of arts ventures including OSOP, that commissioned contemporary art works in non-gallery spaces.
Not only responsible for distributing grants for the Northamptonshire Community Foundation as their Development Manager he handled the grants programme of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. He has managed arts budgets of £1.5 million per annum and brings extensive fund raising experience to the venture.
Matt is currently a member of the Yardley Arts Collective responsible for creative events in the village.
TIFFANY “Polly” PARRISH
Polly graduated from Camberwell School of Art with a BA degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 1989 followed by five years in TV & Radio in Soho.
1n 1994 she set up Amazing Space Film & TV Location Agency (the first to specialise in sourcing commercial and industrial property for these purposes) employing up to 10 people. The company was based in Shoreditch and ran successfully until selling in 2012. During this time Polly also expanded the agency to incorporate both large and small scale corporate events in landmark buildings and private townhouses in central London London.
Since then Polly has taken an active interest in community art projects instigating and running workshops to tie in with pop-up photographic projects at village events. She has been developing her love of portraiture and figurative work over the past 4 year in a variety of mediums.
Jane is a contemporary artist with a degree in Fine Art from Northampton University. For over 15 years she has been a freelance arts worker co-ordinating and curating contemporary art exhibitions and running arts related events. Jane managed Open Spaces Open Places for 7 years commissioning 12 to 15 contemporary art works per year in non-gallery spaces.
She was one of the founding members of Seahouses, a community based arts organisation delivering creative workshops within Northampton and beyond, including working for SureStart, Northampton Borough Council and South Northants Council.
Jane is active in village life. Along with Matt (her husband) she established the Secret Cinema in the village, played an integral part in the Lantern Parade and is a member of St Andrew’s Church bellringers. She is also a member of the Yardley Arts Collective.
Her interests include photography, printmaking and drawing and ‘finding the extraordinary in the ordinary’
Simon has been a professional community artist and teacher since 1985 working in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Somerset.
He has a diverse range of art skills and activities to create visual art not only in his personal work but also within education. In their most general form these activities include the production of works, criticism, study of the history, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.
His extensive CV includes Production of art, marketing, Exhibitions (Participation, organisation and display) and Teaching Adult Education at Bletchley Collage for Higher Education, HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes Community workshops, Creative Partnerships (The Mighty Creatives, UKCCA, Creative Junction) and Schools.
He is currently Artist, Director, Project manager & Educational specialist for Route Canal Arts CICas well as a member of the Yardley Arts Collective.