Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2TX

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Rosie joined Wysing in late September 2021. She was previously Head of Exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, and Head of programmes at Liverpool Biennial. She brings to Wysing her extensive experience of working in the UK visual arts sector, and a strong record of championing art as a tool for social change. She is also a trustee of IntoArt, a visual arts organisation based in south London working with people with learning disabilities, and a trustee of Home Live Art, producers of performance and community gatherings across south east England and beyond.

Rosie Cooper (she/her)

Deputy Director
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Previously working at MarketPlace, the Creative People and Places project for Fenland and Forest Heath, Lorna has lived and worked in Cambridgeshire for the last 7 years. She started out in Manchester City Art Galleries and has held senior roles at the V&A as Head of Families and Young People and Head of Digital Programmes, then in the Scottish Highlands as Director of North Lands Creative Glass and of Timespan Museum and Arts Centre. She is autistic and wants to see and support positive change for neurodivergent representation and accessibility across the sector.

Lorna O'Brien (she/her)

Senior Programme Curator
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John joined Wysing in July 2016. He works on the organisation’s programme, including residencies, exhibitions, events, partnership projects, an annual music festival and digital projects. At Wysing, he has curated the exhibitions and then, a harrowing, All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding, more of an avalanche, Warm Worlds and Otherwise and All Channels Open. John also manages the Syllabus programme, a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme that supports ten artists each year.

Before Wysing, John was an editor at Black Dog Publishing alongside which he worked as a freelance curator,
developing exhibitions and projects for Arcadia Missa, Flat Time House, MOT International and Tate. John has worked for the British Film Institute and Rich Mix, London and has also worked for the artist Isaac Julien.

John has an MA in Film Studies from UCL, London.

John Eng Kiet Bloomfield (he/him)

Young People's Programme Coordinator
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Michaela D’Agati is an artist who draws, makes, and writes. She recently completed an MA in Drawing at Camberwell College of the Arts and, prior to this, worked as an art technician. Alongside her studio practice, Michaela is interested in the relationship between art and learning and the role of creativity.

Michaela D'Agati (she/her)

Assistant Curator
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Ruth Dorber is a curator and writer. She studied Curatorial Practice at Glasgow School of Art. She has previously worked with MIMA, Headlands Centre for the Arts, Atlas Arts, The Association for Art History, Understate Projects, and as an artist assistant to Indira Allegra.

Her practice explores fandom and the role of curator as fan. She runs @gushresidency Glasgow, which works with artists to explore themes of love, care and desire.

Ruth Dorber (she/her)

Programme and Operations Assistant
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(Monday to Friday mornings)

Fiona is based in Wysing's reception area and gives administrative support for the day-to-day running of the Wysing site and programmes.

Fiona is an experienced teacher, having previously taught in primary schools in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. She has led the art curriculum in several schools, which included working on collaborative projects with arts practitioners and facilitating ceramic workshops for young people.

For seven years, Fiona worked as a freelance Programmes Co-ordinator for Eastfeast, a charity that brought experienced creative practitioners, including artists, gardeners and cooks, into schools to work in partnership with teachers and pupils.

Fiona is a potter in her spare time and has trained at Wolfscastle Pottery in Pembrokeshire and at The White House Pottery Studio in Suffolk with Alan Baxter. Fiona’s work is mainly domestic ware thrown on the wheel, with glazes that reflect her love of the sea and wild landscapes.

Fiona Colvile (she/her)

Resource and Enterprise Co-ordinator
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​(Monday to Wednesday)

Gabby Gilmore is an artist and arts administrator. She studied Art and History of Art at the University of Reading, followed by Postcolonial Theory and Global Policy at Goldsmiths College. She previously worked as Production Manager Phoenix Art Space, in Visitor Services at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, and set up the Yurt Cafe at St Katharine's Precinct, and meanwhile project in Limehouse, London. She also currently works for the Creative Workspace Network, supporting studio providers nationally, and runs ‘sip and paint’ events for Pop Up Painting in the Cambridgeshire area.

As an artist she works with installation and performance to explore how certain actions and spaces become imbued with meaning through events and ritual. Highlights in her practice included taking part in the Making Space residency programme at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, and exhibiting internationally at the Ghetto Biennale in Haiti. During lockdown she collaborated with artist Ellie Breeze in setting up Hatch Club, temporary virtual artists’ studio space for artists in the Cambridgeshire area.

Gabby Gilmore (she/her)

Digital Producer
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Lucy facilitates Wysing's digital programme and external communications.

She previously worked as Digital Producer at Firstsite gallery in her hometown of Colchester, where she produced a range of short documentary films about their exhibitions, livestreams of talks and created videos and photography for social media.

Lucy has a Degree in Digital Film Production from the University of Suffolk and an Art Foundation Diploma from Colchester Institute, where she specialised in documentary filmmaking, earning her a Distinction.

Her self-produced feature film, ‘Pronouns in Bio’ has been screened at film festivals in Brighton, Norwich and London in the UK, as well as Atlanta, Seattle and Colorado in the United States.

Lucy Rose Shaftain-Fenner (she/her)

Housekeeper and Caretaker
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Charlotte (Lottie) Poulet joined Wysing in September 2022.

She has been involved with Wysing Polyphonic festival, various events and contributed to the design and installation of the Wysing Polyphonic recording studio.

Lottie studied Music technology in Sunny Manchester in 1991. She volunteered, trained and worked in various local venues as a sound engineer and all-around technician. 

From then until now Lottie has worked across the music, art, theatre, performance and live art as a sound engineer, designer, performer and collaborator.

She moved to London in 2001 worked at The ICA and as a touring engineer with Suicide, Wire, Throbbing Gristle, The Liars, The kills, Chris and Cosey. 

She produced Test Department latest album “Disturbance”.

She is studying audio electronics repairs and construction.

Lottie is experienced in running workshops where she gives artists essential tools to work with sound.

Lottie Poulet (she/her)

Finance Manager
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Annette joined Wysing in August 2022. 

Annette Sime (she/her)