About Us

Meet the Team

Staff

  • Artemis Apostolaki

    Administrator

    Responsible for day-to-day administrative tasks.

    Artemis enjoys being organised and helpful. She is passionate about high quality music and arts education which is accessible to everyone. She plays the cello, teaches and has done a PhD on verbal encoding of musical pitch.

  • Suzannah Bedford

    Director

    Responsible for the overall running and creative direction of City Arts.

    Suzannah has over 20 years’ experience of working in the arts. Her expertise spans across all artforms. Suzannah fundamentally believes that people are at the heart of shaping and making new possibilities in the arts. She is passionate about broadening access to creative experiences of the highest quality, ensuring that the arts celebrate the diversity that we enjoy today.

  • Amelia Coburn

    Creative Pathways Intern

    Intern at City Arts through the University of Nottingham’s Creative Pathways programme.

    Amelia recently graduated with a degree in modern languages. A former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee, her main passion lies in music and using it as a tool to tell stories, engage and connect with others.

  • Alison Denholm

    Creative Development Manager

    Responsible for nurturing new ideas and projects, with a particular focus on outdoor arts: carnival, street puppetry, festivals and events.

    Her background is in visual arts and she has worked in Nottingham for 20 years. She was on the leadership team for the World Event Young Artist festival, likes a parade, and has made a set of giant flamingos.

  • Kate Duncan

    Programme Director - Wellbeing

    Responsible for arts and wellbeing programmes.

    Kate manages strategic partnerships. She has extensive experience of research into art and wellbeing. Passionate about creative ageing, Kate produced Armchair Gallery, an app for older people in care. Kate’s background is in teaching and arts management. She’s worked in some very interesting places.

  • Joe Pick

    Communications & Audience Development Manager

    Responsible for all City Arts' design, PR and its online presence. Also researching and monitoring audiences.

    Creating art makes Joe's life more enjoyable. He'd like other people to experience this. He is particularly interested in improving access through design. He made this website. He draws animals.

  • Alma Solarte-Tobón

    Creative Producer

    Supporting young people to take part in City Arts projects.

    Alma has dedicated most of her career to working with young people. At City Arts, she founded the Express Yourself project, Young Producers group and, most recently, ART CLUB. She has flown a plane.

  • Joel Stickley

    Deputy Director

    Responsible for the day-to-day running of City Arts and the management of strategic relationships.

    Joel’s background is in literature and arts management, with employers including Arts Council England, Nottinghamshire Libraries and Writing East Midlands. He used to be Poet Laureate for Lincolnshire and once won an award at Cannes Film Festival.

Board

  • Michaela Butter MBE

    Chair

    Michaela has over 40 years of experience working in the arts as a curator, promoter and funder. She is currently Director of Attenborough Arts Centre, at the University of Leicester, and has previously worked for Nottingham City Council museum service and Arts Council England. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE for her services to the arts. She has lived in Nottingham since 1977.

  • Miriam Gifford

    Board Member

    Miriam achieved a first-class honours degree in humanistic counseling at the age of 62. Prior to that she worked in industry, was a woman activist, and spent over 20 years organising and appearing in events of a spiritual nature. Miriam books artists for a Folk Music Club and is chair of a community charity based in the Meadows, Nottingham.

  • Martin Orrell

    Board Member

    Martin is passionate about the value of the arts in life. By day he is the Director of the Institute of Mental Health and Professor at the University of Nottingham. The Institute has worked with City Arts for many years hosting exhibitions and also has its own People’s Choir. Martin’s own research focuses on improving life and care for people with dementia and their families. On the artistic side he sings and writes poetry and other stuff.

  • Michèle Taylor

    Board Member

    Michèle joined the board in 2014 and brings particular expertise and experience in disabilty and equality issues. She is a performer (one half of comedy duo "Bitter and Twisted" who appeared at the Derby Comedy Festival in 2015) and is also a photographer and digital artist. Michèle also works in individual and organisational development and is a qualified psychotherapist and accredited coach.