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The Extend Leadership Programme

2018-19 cohort

Led by Engage (National Association for Gallery Education), the Extend Leadership Programme is open to applicants working in learning and education roles in the arts, museums and libraries who meet the eligibility criteria.

Extend was developed in response to the under-representation of learning and education staff in leadership within the arts and cultural sectors. The pilot programme was funded by the Cultural Leadership Programme and Creative Scotland; subsequent programmes have been funded by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Wales.



Images of some of the 2018-19 cohort
Top, from left, Frances Bossom, Melanie Carter, Carrie Creamer, Lucy Foster, Toni Hankinson. 
Second row, from left, Helen O'Brien, Bethan Page, Karen Thomas, Daryl Wells, John Whall

The 2018-19 Extend Cohort:

Frances Bossom
Frances is an artist, facilitator, educator, consultant and producer. Since graduating in 1995 she has moved back and forth between these roles. Underpinning Frances' practice is the desire to engage people to question and look at everyday things or situations in new ways. By disrupting expectations, she believes it can be possible to view what already exists with a fresh eye and so make space for thinking and doing in subtly different ways.

Commissions and projects include; developing a community engagement programme for Liz Clarke & Company, proposing an education strategy for ‘The Edge’, Bath University’s arts centre, residencies with a range of cultural organisations, arts based consultation, bespoke mentoring for artists, a participatory project in a hospital and artist led research. In October 2018 Frances will start a PhD exploring the history and future of gallery education, through participatory media.

Melanie Carter
Mel Carter has been Area Manager with Culture Bridge North East, the Bridge organisation for North East England, since 2015. She co-ordinates Local Cultural Education Partnerships for Northumberland and North Tyneside, and leads on the regional Artsmark programme. She managed EQiPP, a Quality Principles-focused peer learning project for teachers and creative practitioners, and from this created the Quality Principles toolkit, a set of resources to develop the quality of children and young people’s arts and cultural experiences.

Mel began her career in museums, working as Education Assistant and then Education Team Leader at Bede’s World, and as Literacy Officer for the North East Regional Museums Hub during the Renaissance in the Regions programme, before training and working as a primary teacher for 4 years. Now back in the cultural sector, she keeps one foot firmly in the education world by being lead arts governor at Burradon Primary School, North Tyneside.

Carrie Creamer
Carrie is a creative learning consultant with over 20 years of experience in managing and co-ordinating large-scale arts initiatives and partnerships with a variety of communities. Most recently, she has worked as the Arts lead for Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership (WYAP) with Wiltshire Council. This role involved researching and developing high quality transformative arts opportunities with 5-25 year olds and leading on the creative production of a varied portfolio of socially engaged arts practice across Wiltshire.

Carrie has extensive experience of working with diverse groups to find a voice and build resilience in their lives and their communities using varied art forms. This work has related to wider agendas including health and wellbeing, education, heritage and regeneration. Responsible for the development of the Youth arts Charter for Wiltshire- a good practice tool created in partnership with young people, artists and educators.

Lucy Foster
Lucy Foster is the Community Heritage Programme Manager for the St. Mary Mags Project, a regeneration and community project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and focused on the Grade 1 listed church in North Paddington. Since early 2017, she has delivered schools projects, worked on co-creating interpretation for the new building with community groups, and developed two volunteering programmes. Lucy’s previous role with theatre company Improbable involved developing and delivering the company’s participation programme. For Make Believe Arts she delivered a three-year Paul Hamlyn funded programme focused on transition to secondary school.

As a creative learning practitioner, Lucy worked for a number of organisations including the Half Moon, London Bubble, and the National Theatre, delivering a diverse range of projects in schools, libraries, and elsewhere. As a director and assistant director she directed performances working with both professional actors and young people, touring to venues across the UK and beyond.

Toni Hankinson
Following her Fine Art degree Toni worked as a Producer for digital art festival, which opened her up to the possibilities of cross industry collaboration with a programme of incredibly engaging, interactive art work. Excited by this, she continued working as a Producer for several years, working across the cultural sector on a variety of projects. She took a job with an energy company to pay some bills, and soon found herself engaged in the huge changes happening across the industry; 3 years later Toni was working full time on a renewable energy scheme.

Passionate about energy but missing her creative work, she embarked upon a Masters degree in Creative Producing and through this  found a way to combine her creative skill set with her passion for energy and sustainability. She truly believes creativity can be used as a tool to increase energy literacy and engagement.

Judith Liddle
Judith Liddle is an interdisciplinary gallery and education facilitator. Judith co-curates a number of Edinburgh Printmakers core in-house exhibitions, plans and delivers elements of their education and outreach programme, and has responsibilities in project managing their public artworks programme, offsite exhibitions and activities. Having spent most of her professional career working between Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Milan, Judith has previously written a regular column on contemporary art for Benvenuto Magazine, has sat on the managing committee of David Dale Gallery and Studios and has established an art facility in North Lanarkshire for elderly people with additional needs.

Judith has worked with Edinburgh Printmakers for four years. She is passionate about print, and how this unique medium continually is re-contextualised within the contemporary field. She is dedicated to facilitating challenging, engaging, and relevant projects, and allowing absolutely everyone to share her energy and passion for contemporary art and printmaking practice.

Catherine O’ Brien
A Cork-born, Limerick-lover, Catherine works as Senior Learning Co-Ordinator at Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh. Her professional practice is supported by her MSc in Contemporary Art History, Criticism and Curating from the University of Edinburgh and her degree in Sculpture and Combined Media from Limerick School of Art and Design. What drives her artistic practice is a love of nature, adventure and 120mm film. 

Over the past four years she has lead and managed Jupiter Artland’s learning visits programme, working with a diverse age and ability range; focusing on schools in areas of deprivation and mental health groups. She also co-ordinates the summer Artsparks programme of creative workshops for children and in partnership with the NHS she has developed a programme of workshops for Looked After Children. Her recent projects have included a celebratory costume parade with children from three ASN partner schools and an experience of Jupiter Artland In Minecraft co-produced with Ratho Primary School and digital partners Edinburgh Napier University.

Helen O'Brien
Helen has 14 years of experience managing innovative and creative learning projects across Perth & Kinross, engaging a wide range of folk including schools, young people and communities. For the past two years she has managed engagement & participation programmes at Perth Museum and Art Gallery including the ‘Creative Threads’ programme for ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois exhibition, and a digital art engagement project with young people in response to the National Galleries of Scotland ‘Monarch of the Glen’ visit.

Helen’s background is in visual art, especially sculpture, public and participatory art. She is passionate about engaging and enabling individuals to create, make and collaborate as a way of connecting with self, others, and the world around us, and advocate this as a way of working to empower individuals and communities.

Marie Ortinau
Marie is a cross-arts creative education producer currently working at Southbank Centre as Education Manager (Courses). Marie trained and worked as a music teacher in New York City then joined the learning team at Carnegie Hall and worked for three years there while developing her own independent practice as museum educator, largely based at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Marie moved to the UK to learn more about cross-arts education and to gain new perspectives on what creative education can look like in different parts of the world. She completed an MA in Education in Arts and Cultural Settings at King’s College London while working at varied arts venues and galleries around London to complement her study. Now at Southbank Centre, Marie is responsible for devising progressive learning opportunities and looks after a varied portfolio of learning projects spanning music, dance, visual arts, heritage, and professional skills.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Marie is fulfilling a secondment at Southbank Centre as the Education Manager for Schools whilst maintaining an overview of the courses and adult learning programme.

Bethan Page
Bethan Page is a freelance Creative Project Manager with over 25 years experience of working in the arts in Wales. Previous roles include Senior Commissions Manager for Cywaith Cymru/Safle and Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Wales.

Current freelance work includes leading on the Criw Celf project for Oriel Davies, a project for more able and talented Art pupils, and mentoring Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Learning Team while they establish Criw Celf in Ceredigion. Bethan is a Creative Agent on the ACW Lead Creative Schools Scheme involving working with teachers, pupils and creative practitioners on creative learning projects. She also works with NAWR; the Art and Education Network for Mid and West Wales to identify the training needs of teachers, and to implement bespoke training events. Bethan is a graduate of Brighton University School of Art and is a fluent Welsh speaker. 

Meg Parnell
Since 2005, Meg has worked as Learning Manager: Volunteers and Lifelong Learning at Manchester Art Gallery. She has worked on a variety of young people and adult learning public programmes and engagement projects. She is interested in public conversation forums which open up questions and connections between people with historic collections and contemporary art. Her current role focuses on the development of the volunteer team at the gallery. Meg is constantly looking for ways to involve a wide range of voices in the work of the gallery. 

Meg started her career with Tameside Museums and Galleries, East Manchester, as Learning officer working with schools and families and then as Curator of Art. Through this role she developed a variety of exhibition projects in testing out ideas of co-curation and immersive spaces. Meg completed a Masters in Art Gallery studies at Manchester University in 2000, exploring how galleries connect with communities.

Karen Thomas
Karen joined Kettle’s Yard and University of Cambridge Museums as Community Officer in April 2013. She develops and delivers community engagement activity with a particular focus on working with communities in North Cambridge, and manages the Open House project.

Karen has previously worked as part of the Learning team at Firstsite in Colchester, in the project management team for arts research project Vital Communities, and most recently, as Arts Development Manager working with communities in and around Swavesey, South Cambridgeshire. Additionally, Karen is a trustee of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and is an independent committee member for stART in South Cambridgeshire. Karen studied History and Heritage Studies at the University of Kent and achieved a distinction for MA Museum Studies at UCL. She has worked in arts education for over 15 years and still loves seeing people becoming inspired.

Daryl Wells
Daryl is a specialist in community arts engagement with over 20 years of experience designing participatory arts programmes.  She Hastaught and designed curricula in New York, Washington, London and San Francisco.  In 2014 Daryl launched Art Responders (AR), an arts organisation producing art events with a social justice focus. AR has produced two acclaimed art exhibitions and an event series, and has plans to launch its second exhibition in 2018.

As a dual citizen of the US and the UK, Daryl permanently returned to the UK in 2017, and currently resides in Southeast London. In summer of 2017, she was invited to join the Engage London Council, and was also selected as a teaching artist with FirstSite Gallery. Working with excluded students in Northeast Essex, Daryl created a multimedia installation for the gallery’s “Britishness” exhibition. Daryl has also been a youth artist mentor for the Barbican Centre in 2018.

John Whall
Artist, performer, educator and curator with a background in performance, puppetry, animation and 3D design. First degree in BA (Hons) Performing and Media Art, with additional study in Computer Games Modelling and Animation (BA) and Postgraduate in Visual Communication. Currently the Digital Participation Curator at QUAD in Derby, responsible for the development and delivery of QUAD’s participatory programme, creatively engaging people with the arts and contemporary culture through digital media.

John is also a board member for the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site Partnership (DVWHSP) Vital Valley project, as well as digital lead for the East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum (EMPAF) and ArtWorks Alliance (AWA).

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