Arts Together operates with:
- 4 part-time personnel
- A volunteer fundraiser
- 6 Trustees
- A growing team of dedicated volunteers
- Professional carers from local care agencies
- A group of skilled, creative and innovative artists Meet our Artists
- Local community run transport providers
Karolyne Fudge Malik – Manager
Karolyne is a visual artist, social researcher and charity consultant and has over 30 years’ experience of project management and communitydevelopment both in the UK and overseas. She has been manager at Arts Together since 2003.
Belinda Chandler – Hub Manager
Belinda has worked as an artist with Arts Together for over twelve years. Her background is in theatre design, video production and embroidered textiles. She has worked on consultation projects in Wiltshire, for Lewisham PCT and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust. She is a Support Worker for Alzheimer’s Support and passionately believes in the right of every person to live their lives fully, and works to try and enable this wherever possible.
Laura Bridges – Digital Connections Lead
Laura is mixed media artist with a passion for textiles and photography. In her previous role, Laura worked as Learning Coordinator at The Holburne Museum in Bath. Laura now works as a Freelance Arts Practitioner and loves meeting new people through community-based projects and sharing her love of art and craft.
She studied BA Hons Fine Art at Aberystwyth University and MA Textile Design at Bath Spa.
Sharon Tuttle – Administrator
Sharon has worked in a wide range of arts organisations including; Arnolfini, Cambridge Arts Theatre and The Dukes, with over fifteen years experience in arts marketing and administration. She has a post graduate diploma in Arts Administration and joined Arts Together in 2016.
Trevor Bale – Honorary President
Trevor has been an Arts Together group member since 2000 and a Trustee since 2005. He brings a wide range of knowledge and wisdom from a varied career in surveying, the Army, the Metropolitan Police and teaching. He has been a board member with the Guinness Trust and is a volunteer with the National Trust at Lacock Abbey.
Valerie Burford – Member Representative
Valerie is a retired university lecturer in Statistics and Operational Research. She is also artistically inclined. She found Arts Together when her husband died and she needed help to get her life together. Arts Together is so life affirming that Valerie has become a Trustee and she hopes that her life experience will be of benefit to the Charity.
Yvonne Maunder – Chair
Yvonne is a retired public servant with wide ranging experience in project, financial, personnel and performance management. She became involved with Arts Together because of the enthusiasm and commitment of those involved with the organisation and the clear benefits its work is bringing to the elderly and isolated across the county of Wiltshire.
Janet McClean – Organisation Development
Janet’s Mum loved being a member of Arts Together throughout her last decade. She made beautiful pieces of arts & crafts, she loved being in a group of people and laughed a lot! Janet is an Occupational Therapist and knows the health benefits of access to creative activities and being part of a community of likeminded people. Janet also works as a life coach, she loves to sing & doodle and writes poetry & prose.
I’m a retired teacher and I now volunteer with several groups for ‘mature’ folk particularly those who as they grow older may feel more socially isolated. During the time I volunteered in the Arts Together Bradford on Avon Group I saw how important this group is for its members. Members feel positively uplifted as they come together to work with professional artists on a variety of creative topics and as they chat, laugh and share stories they make friends and feel valued. It’s great to be part of this Charity.
Angela Robinson – Safeguarding Lead and Volunteer Rep
Angela’s early career was in the hotel trade in Devon and Wiltshire. Then in 1987 she joined Wiltshire Social Services and it was there that she was introduced to Arts Together (formally Words Together) just as it was starting out. One of her roles was to introduce older, socially isolated people, who she considered might benefit from the project. At that time there was only one group running in Devizes, however the benefits of attending Arts Together was quickly recognised and other groups in Marlborough and Pewsey soon followed. Five years after retiring from Social Services she is now a volunteer at the Pewsey Group and has become a trustee.
Are you interested in becoming a Trustee?
There is more information about the role, responsibilities and benefits here.
Some (not all) of our artists:
Laura Bridges– mixed media, crafts and textile art
Hannah Carding – painting and illustration
Joanna Dewfall – mosaics
Jennie Gilling – cyanotypes, paper-making and painting
Rachel Heard – painting
Jane Johnson – ceramics, printmaking and more
Sue Martin – silkscreen and mixed-media artist
Paul Oakley – painting
Karen Pigott – design, typography and crafts
Clifton (Knati) Powell – drawing and painting