Darren Washington – Founder and Gallery Manager
With over 15 years experience as a self employed photographer. Darren is the driving force of Centre Space Arts and is a mixed media artist and gallery curator based in Stoke, working primarily with photography, videography and graphic design. Darren likes to create work which resonates with memories and social issues. Owner of Thisis116, Darren’s practice is one with commercial and artistic mixes giving a distinct and somewhat cinematic approach to projects he works on. Since working as a gallery curator he is now being asked to produce work for other artists and develop projects. Darren has helped to produce over 70 exhibitions. Darren founded Centre Space Arts in 2013 formally gallery116 in order to promote local artists and share their talents with the world.
Sarah Peart – Marketing and Photography Manager
With over 5 years experience as a photographer, Sarah has produced several group shows and solo exhibitions. When Sarah is not working for CSA, she works as a freelance photographer, known for artwork and event photography within the UK. Sarah is also the founder of Market48, a popular makers market, she is in takes on many roles in this area in order to into a successful event. Sarah is also experienced with website design and uses her skills to run our website and social media avenues.
Laura Potter-Dunn – Lead Designer and Workshop Manager
With over 10 years experience as a visual artist, Laura has created professional works of art for a wide variety of clients. With industry experience in both the UK and New York City, work published in a variety of books and magazines, Laura now works with the community to make art accessible to everyone. She specialises in tactile art that bridges the gap between the blind and sighted worlds of art. Laura is also fluent in British Sign Language and works with vulnerable people. Using these skills she creates and runs empowering workshops with Centre Space Arts.
Ivy Wong-Tebbitts – Administrator
Ivy started her career in the arts and heritage sector in 2002 at the Centre of Contemporary Chinese Arts, Manchester. Having worked for various arts and heritage organisations thereafter, from Gladstone Museum to Stockport Art Gallery, Ivy has maintained a keen knowledge in terms of visual arts developments, funding opportunities and the mechanisms involved in the creative industry. Working predominantly in the realms of community outreach roles, Ivy engaged with many professional artists to develop high quality artist-led programmes. In 2011, Ivy set up her own business, Jelly Arts in Staffordshire. Jelly Arts was an arts administration agency, helping artists, arts organisations and cultural festivals with a range of things from funding applications, organising insurance to organising the logistics of artist-led outreach programmes and liaising with external partners. Ivy endeavors to use her skill set to assist Centre Space Arts CIC and other artists to succeed in what they do through playing a supportive role in administration, funding research, bid writing and other business matters.