Meet The Team

Meet the lovely ArtWorks team!

Hover over the pictures to find out more.

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Liz has worked with adults with learning disabilities for 23 years and has a background in SEN teaching. She has organised successful exhibitions and published disabled art gallery screenings in Sheffield, meaning her contacts in the art world are vast.  Liz also holds a level 5 qualification in management and care.

Fun Fact!

I will never be seen with out my dog Tyson

Liz

Director

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Kayleigh initially worked for ten years as a location manager on television programmes and films for companies such as BBC, ITV, Film4, Sony Pictures, and Sky before finding her true calling in the third sector.  She has now worked with adults with learning disabilities for 10 years and holds her Level 5 qualification in management and care.

Fun Fact!

My favourite thing about ArtWorks is every day we are doing different amazing projects and we never say no to a new challenge. 

Kayleigh

Director

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Emma has a background in both arts and care. After completing her master’s degree in Curatorial Practice she worked as a freelance curator and co-ordinator for organisations such as The International Schools Theatre Association, Arts for Health Cornwall and Royal Polytechnic Society.  After moving to Sheffield she spent 2 years co-ordinating a respite fund at Sheffield Carers Centre before joining our team.

Fun Fact!

My favourite artist is Katie Paterson

Emma

Creative Arts Co-ordinator

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Dominika has a Fine Art BA from Sheffield Hallam University, and is now studying an MA in Arts and Cultural Management. She has been working at ArtWorks since 2019, but her experience of leading creative workshops for vulnerable groups began through voluntary work in 2016. Between 2019-20 Dominika was also an intern at Site Gallery, where she worked on participatory projects.

Fun Fact!

If I could be an animal for a day I would be a penguin.

Dominika

Creative Arts Co-ordinator

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Chris has worked with autistic children and adults, along with people with learning disabilities for over 25 years. He has studied Psychology BSC (Hons) and Applied Psychology of Learning disabilities (MSc) at Sheffield Hallam and Portsmouth Universities. Chris is a keen hiker and loves camping, he is a qualified expedition leader and enjoys teaching our service users about ‘the great outdoors’. He was born on a farm and is passionate about horses.

Fun Fact!

My hidden talent is horse riding

Chris

Care Co-ordinator

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Paul has supported adults with autism and learning disabilities in many different capacities for 15 years. As a none artist, every day he learns a new skill! Paul loves being part of a team that empowers the artists that attend Artworks. 

Fun Fact!

My hidden skill is being a beekeeper!

Paul

Care Manager

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Johnsey is a professional artist who has been working and collaborating with ArtWorks for the past three years. He graduated in BA Fine Art from Middlesex University, London in 2010 and has exhibited his work internationally. Most recently he completed a residency at the Fish Factory Creative Centre in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland in 2018.

Fun Fact!

If your life was a movie, what would it be called? A day at the Circus

Johnsey

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Rachael is an artist based in Derbyshire. She has been making art for as long as she can remember and graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2019 with a degree in Fine Art. Rach lives on the edge of the Peak District and spends as much time as she can there, taking inspiration from the landscapes and plants, which feeds her own work. She also has interests in design and general crafty things! She started working at ArtWorks in 2020. 

Fun Fact!

My hidden talent is being able to play the clarinet and saxophone!

Rachael

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Katie has been with ArtWorks for 3 years as an Art Workshop Leader.  Originally from Leeds she moved to Sheffield to study her BA in Creative Art Practice. She has over 10 years of experience with working with children and adults with physical and learning disabilities.

At Artworks I have had the privilege to work with an extremely talented team of people who all support one another.

Fun Fact!

If you could be any animal what would it be? Rabbit or a swallow or better yet a hybrid of both, a Swabbit.

Katie

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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John has been a practicing artist for well over a decade, working in a variety of artistic styles, but predominately large-scale drawings. He has also seen his work published a few times (perhaps notable, a feature in Now Then magazine), co curated group shows, and has just recently completed a Fine Art Masters degree a couple of years ago. 

Fun Fact!

My hidden talent is being able to reel off the populations UK town and cities

John

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Michael is a filmmaker born and raised in West Yorkshire. Michael has worked in factual television for new and returning programmes broadcasting on Channel 5 and ITV 4. He currently works to develop the filmmaking practice of adults with learning by pursuing independent film projects. He is a University of Lincoln graduate with BA in Media Production. 

Fun Fact!

My hidden talent I am really, truly, not bad at skateboarding.

Michael

Film & Animation Workshop Leader

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Ann specialises in teaching life skills at ArtWorks and runs sessions ranging from cooking, food hygiene, money management and kitchen safety.  Ann has over 10 years experience supporting adults with learning disabilities and 25 years experience working with older people.  Before joining ArtWork's Ann ran the Green Cake Cafe at Love Street, which was a community cafe run by staff with learning disabilities. 

Fun Fact!

My favourite meal is Sunday Lunch and Coffee and Walnut Cake

Ann

Life Skills Workshop Leader

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Jordanna has been working in an educational role for the past fourteen years. She originally trained as a qualified teacher but moved on to becoming self employed, running creative workshops with a focus on wellbeing. Within that time she specialised in working with people with an ASD. Jordanna is passionate about the positive effects of art and as such she is completing a part time Masters in art psychotherapy.

Fun Fact!

My favourite artist is David Mankin.

Jordanna

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Julia is a self-employed dancer, actor and creative with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.  Her background gives her the various skills required to support the variety of projects, workshops and events happening at ArtWorks.  She is passionate about empowering adults with learning disabilities, autism or both and is proud to play a part in achieving ArtWorks goals to do this.

Fun Fact!

An interesting fact about me is that I was once an extra in Dr Who where i got turned in to zombie.

Julia

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Julie is a self taught artist from Sheffield whose work focuses on painting and craft.  After discovering she was dyslexic as a child Julie found art gave her an outlet to express herself and she has been creative ever since.  Julie has completed a course in interior design and has recently undertaken an art commission for Steel Vallery Art.  She takes inspiration from nature and the world around us and creates beautiful paintings of flowers, plants and landscapes. 

Fun Fact!

My favourite artists are Monet and Klimt.

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Julie

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Beth  is an artist with a background in fashion and textiles. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2019 with a degree in Fashion Design and has developed her practice to involve illustrations, characters, and all sorts of crafts. She joined the ArtWorks team in 2020.

Fun Fact!

Her favourite things are dogs, glitter and cheese. 

Beth

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Alex

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Alex has worked as a practising artist since 2014. She gained her BA in Three dimensional design at Manchester Metropolitan University and has since gained significant experience working in a variety of community settings. Alex specialises in fused glass and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK both in galleries and as works of permanent public art. Alex started working at Artworks in 2021. 

Fun Fact!

Hidden talents - indoor skydiving and karate 

Alex

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Lucy is a fine art graduate with a background in animal portraiture & photography; soon to have completed their master's degree. Lucy has been producing and selling commissioned work internationally since the age of 14 & exhibiting works since 2018. Inspired by their mother's life work in the care industry Lucy has been working with adults with learning disabilities since 2020 and wouldn’t look back. 

Fun Fact!

My most useless talent is… doing a smashing impression of a vintage car horn

Lucy

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Wendy comes from a care background, having worked in the homeless sector for over 20 years. For the last 5 years she has administered and curated Millennium Galleries, Christmas Craft selling show with many local Makers.

Fun Fact

I will never be seen without my glasses, essential if I am to see your face .

Wendy

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Suzy has a background in publishing and sales, and writes books for children. Her books have been chosen for CBeebies Bedtime Stories, and included in Bookstart’s Treasure Packs. She loves working at ArtWorks - whether working on writing projects with artists, or getting stuck into all sorts of other workshops and activities.

Hidden talents – finding lost things, and untangling things.

Suzy

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Adam

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Lucy

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Ruby graduated in Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2015. Before studying she supported young adults with complex needs to develop their creative and practical skills in a specialised education setting. Since graduating she has worked as a designer and specialises in installation and set design; creating window displays, stage sets, and festival installations, and leading community arts workshops.

Ruby

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Julie

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Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Hazel