We are a small team of creative professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we look forward to working with you.
Founder, Managing Director
With over 15 years experience as a self employed photographer. Darren is a mixed media artist and gallery curator based in Stoke. Owner of Thisis116, Darren’s practice is one with a commercial and artistic mix giving a distinct and somewhat cinematic approach to projects he works on. Since working as a gallery curator he has helped to produce over 70 exhibitions along with larger projects alongside many artists. Darren founded Centre Space Arts in 2013, formally Gallery116 in order to promote local artists and share their talents with the world.
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.
Photographer & Gallery 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 takes on many roles in this area in order to turn it into a successful event. Sarah is also experienced with website design and uses her skills to run our website and social media avenues.
Ivy started her career in the arts and heritage sector in 2002 at the Centre of Contemporary Chinese Arts, Manchester. Having worked for various organisations, from Gladstone Museum to Stockport Art Gallery, Ivy has maintained a keen knowledge in terms of mechanisms involved in the arts industry. In 2011, Ivy set up her own business, Jelly Arts in Staffordshire. Jelly Arts was an arts administration agency, helping artists, organisations and festivals with a range of things from funding applications to liaising with external partners and much more. Ivy plans to use her skill set to assist CSA and others to succeed in what they do through playing a supportive role in administration, funding research, and other business matters.