Meet the Team

Family Arts Campaign is delivered by a small but mighty core team plus six Ambassadors who help to run regional networks in their respective communities.  

The Family Arts Campaign’s board members help to strategically support the Campaign and help to find opportunities to further develop our work with families.

Family Arts Campaign Team

Anna Dever

Executive Director

My most memorable creative experience as a child was…

going to Withington
Library with my mum
and being amazed I
could choose a big stack
of books to take home!

Arts for families is important because…

it’s open and accessible
to everyone.

Talk to Anna about
building partnerships
& strategic opportunities.

Email Anna

Sophie Erin Evans

Marketing & Communications Manager

My most memorable creative experience as a child was…

creating my own worlds through painting, drawing and filling notebooks full of stories and poems!

Arts for families is important because…

it celebrates that everyone sees the world in different ways.

Talk to Sophie about your
inspiring stories and
marketing
 collaborations.

Email Sophie

 

Daniela Gerstmann

Conference Project Manager (Freelance)

My most memorable creative experience as a child was…

Der Käsemond, a musical! At age 10, I plagiarized it for a puppet show about nan’s neighbours.

Arts for families is important because…

“the arts” can be off-putting. Family events can open doors.

Talk to Daniela about the
Family Arts Conference.

Local Family Arts Network Ambassadors

Maya Cross Odemudia

(she/her)
Manchester Ambassador
Z-arts

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

writing a poem about my neighbour. I won an award, illustrated book & read my poem out to the Mayor

Arts for families is important because…

it’s time to explore, come together & learn through play.

Email Maya

Visit Manchester
Network page

Sarah Lenehan

(she/her)
Cumbria Ambassador
Florence Arts Centre

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

participating in our local drama group and gaining confidence in performance after a very shy beginning! 

Arts for families is important because…

it gives families the opportunity to play and learn together.

Visit Cumbria
Network Page

Sallyanne

Sallyanne Flemons

North East Ambassador
Family Explorers

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

visiting the Titchfield Carnival every year – a proper spectacle created for and by the community.

Arts for families is important because…

it enhances wellbeing, raises ambition and makes memories.

Email Sallyanne

Visit North East England
Network page 

Cara Hayman

Bristol Ambassador
The Children’s Scrapstore

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

making a tea set for my
dolls from polymer clay,
their best China! I still
create with polymer clay.

Arts for families is important because…

it’s so rewarding to be able
to create something and
express yourself.

Email Cara

Visit Bristol
Network page

Rachel

Rachel Hamer

Sunderland Ambassador
Sunderland Culture

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

folk festivals with my family being able to explore the range of art activities!

Arts for families is important because…

it brings them together in creative moments of joy.

Email Rachel

Visit Sunderland
Network page

Board of Directors

Cath Hume

CEO
Arts Marketing Association

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

winning second place in a Bible reading competition because I was too smiley to win first place.

Arts for families is important because…

it’s a chance to have memorable, magical experiences together.

Alison Bowyer

Executive Director
Kids in Museums

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

hearing the CBSO play Mahler’s epic third symphony in the old Town Hall in Birmingham.

Arts for families is important because…

creativity matters for everyone.

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Elaine Grant

(she/her)
Freelance creative consultant
Elaine Grant Creative Consulting

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

performing an original dance and drama piece at Sadlers Wells with my performing arts youth company, Fusion.

Arts for families is important because…

everyone deserves access to high quality live experiences!

Zoe Dennington

(she/her)
Head of Learning and Participation
Crafts Council

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

visiting the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre automata collection with my mum—it seemed really magical!

Arts for families is important because…

it opens up new possibilities.

Sarah Mears

Interim CEO
ASCEL

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

being given a neighbour’s easter egg box, which I converted into a theatre and produced many a play!

Arts for families is important because…

art connects generations and creates lifelong memories.

Robert O’Dowd

Chief Executive
Rose Theatre Kingston

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

setting fire to my parents garage when refilling my toy train’s traction engine.

Arts for families is important because…

young people are the next generation of creatives.

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Karla Barnacle-Best

Lecturer,
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Gavin Barlow

CEO and Artistic Director
The Albany