Barbara van Heel, Co-Director
Before joining ActionSpace in 2003, Barbara studied arts management in the Netherlands as well as in the UK, at City University London. After gaining her degree, she worked with various arts organisations, including Strathcona Theatre Company where she first heard of ActionSpace and was immediately inspired by their work. After 13 years, her pride to be involved in the company and to see the artists’ careers develop and strengthen is as strong as ever.
Sheryll Catto, Co-Director
Sheryll joined ActionSpace as Co-Director in 2008, having worked in the creative sector for over 25 years. She has a personal and professional interest in supporting the development of creative practices and was attracted to ActionSpace because of our commitment to providing people with learning disabilities with the same opportunities as their peers in the contemporary visual arts sector.
Vicky Tweedie, General Manager
Vicky joined ActionSpace as General Manager in 2015. Previously she was General Manager at Spare Tyre where she worked for 7 years. She is Trustee at CoDa Dance Company. Vicky supports the two joint Chief Executives to ensure company objectives are achieved.
Siobhan Stewart, Pastoral Care Co-ordinator
Siobhan joined ActionSpace in 2011. She has over 15 years of experience working with people with disabilities and their families and carers in various settings, specialising in Autism and challenging behaviour. Siobhan has also recently qualified as a counselor. At ActionSpace she supports across all projects and takes the lead in recruiting new participants.
Julie Kouamo, Administrative Assistant
Julie joined ActionSpace in 2016. Julie is the first point of call for all communication and enquiries at ActionSpace and supports the General Manager in the day-to-day running of the organisation. Julie has a BA Hons Textile Design from Central Saint Martins and has set up her own printed textile homewares company, Kouamo.
Ian Wornast, Administrative Assistant
Ian joined ActionSpace as a volunteer in 1997, and became Administrative Assistant in 1998. Ian is employed under the Access to Work scheme and supports the office team and the studio projects. He is also an ActionSpace artist.
Charlotte Hollinshead, Artist Facilitator
Charlotte has a BA Hons Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art. She began working with Action Space in 1996, initially as a volunteer on the first pilot studio project. Charlotte has led the Voltaire Studio since 1998 and project manages the Voltaire Studio artists’ off site projects including ‘Part of It’, ‘Watch This Space’ and solo commissions and exhibitions. Charlotte specialises in developing participatory film and installation arts projects.
Michelle Kurth, Artist Facilitator
Michelle has a BA in Art and Design and ran a successful graphic design firm for almost 20 years. She originally joined Action Space as a volunteer and started running projects in 2008. Michelle runs the Cockpit Monday Studio Project, and our new studio project in Newham.
Rebekah Cameron, Artist Facilitator
Rebekah has a BA Hons 1st from Chelsea College of Art. She joined Action Space as a volunteer in 2004 and started running projects in 2008. Rebekah runs the Cockpit Tuesday and Cockpit Thursday studio projects at Cockpit Arts.
Lisa Brown, Artist Facilitator
Lisa has a BA Hons Fine Art Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art and a MA from Winchester College of Art. She joined Action Space in 2004 as a volunteer with the Young People’s Group. Lisa used to run the parents group as well as the mentoring course. She runs the Cockpit Wednesday and Cockpit Friday studio projects.
Patricia Finnegan, Artist Facilitator
Patricia has a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking from Brighton University and an MA in Art and Design in Education from the Institute for Education, London. Patricia specialises in working with young people with learning disabilities. She runs the Voltaire Saturday Studio Project for young people and she leads on working with our young artists on achieving Arts Awards.
Lisa Muten, Artist Facilitator
Lisa runs our North London Young People’s Group at the Leighton Project, Camden. Lisa has a BA Fine Art degree from Central St Martins, Byam Shaw and an MA with a PGCert HT&L from Kingston University. She is also an artist tutor at the Arts Centre at Brunel University. Visit Lisa’s website.
Image: Close up of work by Abu Hasnat