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Meet The Team

Meet the lovely ArtWorks team!

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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

Development Manager

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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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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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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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Sam graduated in Graphic Design from Sheffield Hallam University in 2018 and went straight into the Screen Printing sector running a not-for-profit organisation teaching  screen printing, as well as fulfilling professional commissions. With a passion for inclusivity, equality, diversity, Sam is inspired by the various skills and products on show at ArtWorks and also loves to get stuck in on any project!

Fun Fact!

My hidden talent is mimicking animals

Sam

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Michael

Film & Animation Workshop Leader

I’m a filmmaker, photographer and writer from Essex with a degree in Film Production from the Arts University Bournemouth and a variety of professional experiences in the media industries in front of and behind camera. 

After working as a carer throughout the majority of the pandemic I relocated to Sheffield to begin at Art Works, specialising in photography and filmmaking practice. 

Fun Fact!

If you could be any animal, what would you be? A Bald Eagle

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I’m a filmmaker, photographer and writer from Essex with a degree in Film Production from the Arts University Bournemouth and a variety of professional experiences in the media industries in front of and behind camera. 

After working as a carer throughout the majority of the pandemic I relocated to Sheffield to begin at Art Works, specialising in photography and filmmaking practice. 

Fun Fact!

If you could be any animal, what would you be? A Bald Eagle

Nick

Creative Arts 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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Luke

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

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

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Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Hazel has a degree is psychology and experience working as a picture framer, a gallery assistant and in a residential care home. Hazel greatly values painting and drawing and uses them as tools to process life. Hazel paints, draws, creates, skates and nature appreciates whenever she has spare time. 

Fun fact!

The first time I put skates on was when I was 6.

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Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Hazel

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

Alex

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Maggie’s background is in costume and set design. She previously worked in the fashion, theatre, and dance worlds before shifting focus to her own art practice and facilitating workshops for various groups of people. She currently lives in and facilitates a communal living project for artists.

Fun Fact!

My favourite artist is Hieronymous Bosch!

Maggie

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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Lucy is an artist specialising in analogue photography and social arts projects. Since graduating university she has done a residency in Japan and worked on a number of projects including a pop up Camera Obscura, Lockdown portraits and Social Pickle. She has experience working with a number of different communities and has been exploring a more sustainable approach to art making.

Fun fact!

When I was 10 I won a Christman card making competition and got to work with artist Chas Jacobs on one of his paintings!

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Lucy

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.

Fun Fact!

My hidden talents are finding lost things and untangling things.

Suzy

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

Adam took the opportunity of lockdown to leave behind a career in hospitality management and to finally pursue a full time career as a photographer.  He has since received various awards and recognition as well as becoming the official photographer for both national and international fashion companies.  

 

Fun Fact!

If my life was a movie, it would be called ‘Where did I put that: Diary of a confused dad’

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Adam

Creative Arts Workshop Leader

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