About Us

Meet the Team

Staff

  • 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.

  • Ted Hemsley

    Venue Manager
  • Anya Maude

    Creative Pathways Intern

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

    Anya is a recent graduate of the University of Nottingham, with a background in visual arts workshops and illustration. They studied history, which informs their personal creative practice.

  • Joe Pick

    Marketing & Audience Development

    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

    Acting 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

  • Norman Randall

    Chair

    Norman believes that engagement in the arts is a basic right. For this reason, he is proud of 12 years involvement with City Arts, as Board member, Vice-Chair and now interim-Chair. Post Grad alumnus of Nottingham Trent University, background in people development, sports coaching and management, and inter-faith understanding. Plays in two bands.

  • Saira Lloyd

    Vice-Chair

    Saira is an artist, curator and Director of Synapse Arts. She began her career as a Scientist and now combines an artistic practice with a curatorial one. Saira frequently works in partnership with galleries, museums and universities; manages festivals; and has many links with arts organisations and artists across the region making her increasingly part of the artistic network involved in the provision of arts across the region.

  • Tim Harris

    Board Member

    Joining the board in 2005, Tim had previously been Head of Arts at Nottinghamshire County Council. Now a producer and project manager, he has worked for a number of councils, creative agencies, artists and festivals across the UK. His experience includes arts and health, evaluation, project management, strategic planning and organisational development for the independent arts sector.

  • 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.