The experience of my time at The Art House was such a positive and memorable one in all kinds of important ways
The Art House supports artists to develop their practice, reach new audiences and to work with organisations involved in the arts. We focus on innovating and extending equality in the visual arts for disabled and non-disabled artists. We provide a portfolio of opportunities including residencies, exhibitions, training, membership and 121 advice.
The Art House has charitable status and is governed by a Board of Trustees.
This page includes copies of our accounts and our policies.
The Art House is a company limited by guarantee registered as The Creative Art House. No. 3345162 and a Registered Charity No. 1063671
Art House Team:
Anne Cunningham, Chief Executive
Anne joined The Art House in March 2010 after spending most of the last decade working for the Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. There she managed multi-stakeholder programmes to develop creative stakeholder and artist engagement in hospitals, schools and spaces across Scotland. Her programmes had a direct influence on Scottish Government’s Policy and she went on to work as far afield as Mexico, Finland, Poland and London - and receive a citation from UNESCO and the OECD.
Prior to the Lighthouse, she worked for Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and has undertaken consultancy for a wide range of clients - including The Childrens’ Parliament, National Galleries of Scotland, Stills Gallery, Talbot Rice Gallery and CABE. She was also on the executive committee of Voluntary Arts Scotland and a Trustee of HOT, Edinburgh.
Anne has a degree in History of Art and a postgraduate in Museums and Galleries in Education, from Edinburgh University and University of London. She enjoys long distance cycling (especially up hill!) and anything that involves getting wet.
Angela Galvin, Executive Director (maternity leave)
Angela joined The Art House as Executive Director (maternity leave) in February 2013 having spent the best part of the past 20 years immersed in
As Marketing Director and then Chief Executive, Angela introduced ground-breaking audience development programmes with young people, produced award-winning theatre and led the Crucible through its £15M capital refurbishment. On time and on budget.
Since setting up her own business in 2009, Angela has undertaken consultancy for clients including the Bush Theatre (
Angela is also a trustee of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, chairs the board of Site gallery,
Angela has a degree in Communications, a masters degree in Film and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing. She has also been awarded an honorary doctorate by
David Gilbert, Artistic Director (maternity leave)
David Gilbert is an experienced freelance contemporary art curator, arts consultant, project manager and arts educator. He has worked for many years in the museum & gallery and education sectors, with a particular interest in contemporary visual arts.
Although based in the East Midlands he has previously worked in Yorkshire - as Curator at Rotherham Art Gallery from 1997-2001, New Media Curator at Pavilion from 2001-2002, Creative Director of Creative Partnerships in Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham from 2004-2006, and Manager of the Art House from 2002-2004. More recently he has curated site specific work at Wirksworth Festival and across Derbyshire, and created projects for Tatton Park Biennial and the Abandon Normal Devices Festival (Cornerhouse and FACT).
Rosie Dewsbury, Business Manager
Rosie joined the Art House in April 2012 as the new Business Manager. Rosie’s background is predominantly finance based and has worked at a variety of companies ranging from a builders merchants to a company that makes trains.
Rosie’s previous role was working as a Project Accountant for a company called Sheffield Futures. It is an independent charity that supports young people and adults through providing support services and activities around education and employment. Her role involved managing the expenditure and reporting on 80+ projects whilst also assisting senior management in applying for funding in order to create new projects to help keep herself employed!
Rosie's main interests outside of work are Brass Bands and Floristry, so if you are in need of a band she would recommend Crofton Silver or alternatively she does some crackin’ flower arrangements.
Helen Deevy, Admin and Information Officer
Helen came to the Art House in August 2012. Prior to this she worked as Visitor Services Assistant and Collections Image Research Assistant at The Hepworth Wakefield. She has supported curatorial teams, helping to plan and deliver projects and exhibitions with several arts organisations including Leeds Art Gallery, Pavilion, Site Gallery and PSL.
Helen has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University and an MA (Hons) in Art Galleries and Museum Studies from The University of Leeds. Films, day trips and drawing are what she likes most.
Lesley Farrell, Program Manager
Lesley joined The Art House in May 2013. Lesley has previously worked as a director and curator of contemporary art in galleries in Essex and the East Midlands. From 1998 – 2008 she was Director of Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea and from 2008 – 2010 she was Community Engagement Officer at The Collection in Lincoln, where she curated the museum’s contemporary art programme. More recently she has worked on a freelance basis on projects such as the World Event Young Artists festival which took place in Nottingham in 2012 and has concentrated on her own creative practice as an artist.
Lesley started her career in the arts sector as a gallery educator working for Brighton and Hove Museum and Art Galleries. She has a BA (hons) in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Loughborough, a PGCE from the University of Brighton and an MA in Photography from Nottingham Trent University.
When not at The Art House Lesley mostly spends her time on her allotment or taking photographs and sometimes both.
Laura Slater, Print Technician
Laura joined the Art House as print technician in 2010. Alongside this role Laura runs her own bespoke printed textile design company, and she also works as lecturer in Surface Design at the University of Bolton and as a creative practitioner at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Laura has an MA in Mixed Media Textiles from The Royal College of Art. Her practice is informed by the interaction of colour pattern and the translation of drawing and printmaking concepts onto cloth. Laura works closely in collaboration with others in translating her printed designs into bespoke interior products.
When not elbow deep in printing ink, Laura is usually ‘the one wearing all the pattern’ and can be frequently found fettling and rummaging around at car boot sales satisfying her need to collect.
Wilf Eccles, Premises Officer
Wilf joined The Art House in January 2012, previously working as a cleaning supervisor for St Clements Cleaning Services and as Health and Safety Co-ordinater/Caretaker at JCT600 in Leeds. Wilf came from an Engineering background, qualifying as a motor vehicle mechanic in 1975 then moving on and joining the Coal Board. Wilf was Assistant Mechanical Engineer at Stillingfleet Mine until he was made redundant in 2004.
Wilf is a born and bred Pontefract lad with interests in music and motorcycling, touring Europe every year often covering over 2,000 miles by motorbike in a week.
Suzanne Mitchell, Bookkeeper
Suzanne joined the Art House in January 2013. She has many years’ experience in admin and book keeping, working with Granary Wharf – a craft centre in Leeds, Focus Consultancy – an equality and diversity training provider, and more recently Creative Interior Solutions – a ceiling and partition installation company.
Suzanne volunteers with Incredible Edible Wakefield – a group which aims to bring together Wakefield people to grow their own healthy and local food to help create a more resilient and vibrant local community. She grows fruit and veg at her own allotment and turns all spare produce into wine. Her other interests include salsa dancing, piano playing and she’s a member of the Wakefield French Club.
Board of Trustees:
Chair since 2009; John Harris CBE DL MA LLM
John has had four careers - as a solicitor, as a senior executive manager including as CEO, in business as a management consultant and founder executive director of a SME company, and as a non-executive director of national, regional and local organisations ( social housing, special education, NHS including a special hospital, security and police, energy industry, sustainability, development, the arts). Currently, amongst other NED roles, he has been chair of the government convened industry UK Coal Forum since 2007 (having been chair of the Coal Authority 1999 - 2007) and chair of the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency Audit Committee since 2004 and is a member of the Agency Owners Advisory Board. He was awarded the CBE for 'services to industry' and is a Deputy Lieutenant (South Yorkshire).
Kerry Harker – trustee since November 2010:
Kerry Harker is Co-founder and currently Director (with Pippa Hale) of Project Space Leeds. The organisation’s new centre for contemporary art, The Tetley, will open in Autumn 2013 (www.thetetley.org). Harker graduated from the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at the University of Leeds in 1994 and completed an MA in Feminism and the Visual Arts there the following year. As an artist she has exhibited widely across the UK, including in New Contemporaries (Camden Arts Centre and touring) in 1994-5. From 2008-11 she was Curator of Exhibitions for Harewood House Trust. She is also a member of The Art Fund.
Paul Oberg, BA(Hons) CA– trustee since November 2010:
Chair of Finance and Risk Committee
Paul Oberg Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He has fourteen years post-qualification experience in a variety of roles and organisations, initially in the private sector, from manufacturing to banking. He is currently Head of Finance and Performance Management, with Solace Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives. Immediately prior to this, he worked in the charitable sector, as Finance & HR Director with Eureka! The National Children’s Museum.
Nigel Wilson – trustee since 2010:
Nigel has spent 30 years in the construction industry following graduation, working on major projects in London, Manchester and Leeds. His most recent project has been the new Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield.
Richard Lee - trustee since September 2011:
Chair of the HR Committee
Richard worked for City of Wakefield MBC since 1986. As Service Manager Human Resources Information and Performance, responsibility for over 50 staff, he was involved with the strategic approach to service alignment, improvement and performance. Richard has personal senior line management experience of front line services with direct involvement in the management of significant change. He was also a lead officer for HR in relation to Value For Money, Local Area Agreements, and Performance Review and Comprehensive Performance Assessment.
Richard is co-author of two local history publications, about Dewsbury and the Spen Valley.
He has BA (Hons) in Bussines Studies and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Jane Glaister OBE - trustee since December 2011:
M.B.A. (with distinction), B.A (Hons)., A.M.A., P.G. Dip (Management), F.M.A., F.R.S.A.
She has extensive knowledge of the cultural, heritage, arts, tourism. sporting and parks sectors in the UK and significant expertise in organisational analysis and change, project management, business leadership and sector skills development.
From 2001–2011 she was the Strategic Director (Culture, Tourism & Sport) with the City of Bradford
Jane is currently a trustee on the Sector Skills Council for Creative and Cultural Skills, a non –executive director for the Creative Industries Development Agency, a guest lecturer at Sheffield University and a board member of Leeds University.
She has previously acted as national advisor to the Local Government Association, advisor to the Clore Leadership programme, a board member of Sport England (Yorkshire), trustee of Eureka!, advisor to the British Council’s Global Schools programme, board member of the Humanities Diploma task force and board member of UNESCO City of Film.. Jane was a member of the Government's Task Force on 'Renaissance in the Regions' (2000-02) and the elected president of the Museums Association (2002 –2004).
Jane is an elected Fellow of both the Museums Association and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Industry and regularly lectures on both cultural and management topics in the UK and abroad.
Members Advisory Group
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