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  1. Welcome & Motion Capture Demonstration
  2. Arts, Health, and Wellbeing
  3. Meet Warwick District's Creative Freelancers
  4. Warwick District's Commonwealth Games Countdown & CultureFest
  5. Introducing Warwick District Council’s New Arts Grants
  6. PechaKucha Takeover: Part 1
  7. PechaKucha Takeover: Part 2

Welcome & Motion Capture Demonstration

David Guilding

David Guilding
Arts Manager, Warwick District Council 

David is responsible for the overall management of Warwick District council's Arts Section. This includes three of the district's cultural venues - the Royal Pump RoomsLeamington Town Hall, and the Royal Spa Centre, which welcome over 500,000 people through their doors every year. David's role is to inspire residents and visitors to the area by creating opportunities for them to participate in or attend arts activities.
 

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Malcolm Barnes
Director Hollywood Gaming

Malcolm is a director at Hollywood Gaming, specialists in game effects for the Amusements industry and developers of multisensory solutions across extended reality. He is at the forefront of the new CreaTech sector and a respected thought leader in the immersive world and speaker on emerging technologies and the impact they have on society.

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Arts, Health, and Wellbeing

Kristie Naimo

Kristie Naimo (Chair)
Director and Project Manager Achieving Results in Communities CIC

Achieving Results in Communities (ARC) is a local community organisation delivering projects in Warwick District. Kristie and colleagues established ARC just over 10 years ago to support people to access and engage with the outdoors for their mental and physical health and wellbeing. 

Craig Ashley

Craig Ashley
Associate Head of School - Enterprise & Innovation, School of Art and Design, Coventry University 
With a focus on partnerships and cross-industry collaboration, Craig Ashley is Associate Head (Enterprise & Innovation) for Coventry University’s School of Art & Design.  Craig has a background in the visual arts, with over 15 years’ experience leading and developing successful collaborations across the West Midlands’ cultural sector. As a curator and producer, he has established a track record for important work around inclusion and social justice. He is the Chair of DASH, a Disabled-led visual arts organisation working to effect change in sector leadership across England, and he serves as a trustee on the newly established board for Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art.

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Asmaa Ahmedabadi
Commissioner - Health, Wellbeing & Self Care, Warwickshire County Council 

Asmaa is a recently-appointed Commissioner at WCC. She is responsible for a suite of six Creative Health Programmes, using the arts to promote social connectivity and improve wellbeing across the life-course. Asmaa also has a very keen interest in social prescribing and sits on the Warwickshire Social Prescribing (WSP) Steering Group, who are driving forward six priority work streams in order to have a vibrant and sustainable social prescribing ecosystem in Warwickshire. She also helps to facilitate the WSP Network, which brings together social prescribers, voluntary and community sector organisations, and other stakeholders, to collaborate and share best practices.
 

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Meet Warwick District's Creative Freelancers

Angela lamont

Angela Lamont (Chair)
Animator, Film Producer and Presenter
I left my job to become a freelance presenter, producer and animator in 1995 and then started Chaos Films in 2012, which comprises of a happy band of awesomely talented collaborating freelancers.  Every day I’m doing the thing I love, which is to think of creative, engaging ways to communicate complex messages and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.  But freelancing also brings huge challenges, so I find it’s good to chat with others about how to stay motivated and thrive!
 

Cassie Leedham

Cassie Leedham
Multi-disciplined Creative
Cassie Leedham studied Graphic Design at Coventry University and went straight into freelancing, for her own clients and for agencies, working on projects for international household names as well as tiny local businesses. In her twenty years as a freelancer, she has worked on movies designing on-set graphics, retrained as a photographer and run her own business, moved into illustration and has recently turned her hand to oil painting. She also lectures at Coventry University.

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Matt Katz
Composer, Sound Designer
Matt is a producer and composer based in Leamington Spa. He has worked on the music for some of the UK’s best loved kids TV shows and provides audio post production for Film, TV and Radio.  Over the last 30 years Matt’s work has featured on computer games, Radio 4 shows, all the major UK TV broadcasters and feature films, notably “Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans.

Rebecca harling

Rebecca Harling
Graphic Designer, Artist & Illustrator
I established a limited company delivering creative marketing and direct mail services. Having been so focussed on growing the business, I realised I had lost touch with my passion for creativity, so in 2018 I decided to sell up and focus on myself. Following a freelance approach and working collaboratively with other freelance professionals has given me my spark back. I have greater opportunities for freedom and flexibility doing a job that I love.

Terri Brown

Terri Brown
Voice Actor and Fiction Author
[Bio to follow]

Sarah brewster

Sarah Brewster
Sarah Brewster, Managing Director of Fresh Seed HR, has been a passionate advocate of freelancers in the Creative Sector. Over the last two years she has championed and campaigned for the freelance community to provide them with a voice in the corridors of power and an understanding of their economic power and immense talents. Through this work the Coventry & Warwickshire Creative Freelancers was born.

 

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Warwick District's Commonwealth Games Countdown & CultureFest
 

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Christina Boxer

Warwick District Commonwealth Games Programme Manager
Christina Boxer, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and Triple Olympian, is the Commonwealth Games Programme Manager at Warwick District Council. Christina has been involved in seven Commonwealth Games, four as an athlete, one as a BBC trackside reporter, one as a coach and now one in her current operational role liaising directly with the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee.  With just under 6 months to go to this summer’s Commonwealth Games, Christina is able to provide some latest updates at this year’s Spark Ignite.  

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Johnathan Branson
Projects and Development Manager (Arts), Warwick District Council

Johnathan is responsible for increasing attendance and participation in the Arts within the District and developing its creative infrastructure. His role includes service development, strategic partnerships, project management, reporting and monitoring, and arts marketing. Johnathan is interested in exploring opportunities for service development, including new technologies and programmes of work, and improving processes to enhance service delivery and increase impact. He is also responsible for developing new income streams and creating best value out of our current assets through collaborations with strategic partners in the public and private sectors.

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Introducing Warwick District Councils New Arts Grants

David Guilding

David Guilding
Arts Manager, Warwick District Council 

David is responsible for the overall management of Warwick District council's Arts Section. This includes three of the district's cultural venues - the Royal Pump RoomsLeamington Town Hall, and the Royal Spa Centre, which welcome over 500,000 people through their doors every year. David's role is to inspire residents and visitors to the area by creating opportunities for them to participate in or attend arts activities.
 

Vicki slade

Vicki Slade
Collections & Engagement Manager, Warwick District Council 

Vicki leads the Arts Service’s Collections & Engagement team with her job share Chloe Johnson, which looks after the collections at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum and run the programme of exhibitions and events. Their team also maintains and develops relationships with the arts community across Warwick District and works on maximising opportunities for those living and working in the district to access and participate in arts activities.
 

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Carole Sleight
Arts Officer, Warwick District Council 

Carole is the Arts Officer for the District and is  based at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Her overall role is to support our creative community and assist in raising the profile of our cultural artists and organisations. She is responsible for the administration of WDC Art and partnership grants and will provide support, advice, promotion, networking and workshop opportunities for all across the district

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PechaKucha Takeover: Part 1

Sarah lowry

Sarah Lowry
PechaKucha Leamington
Sarah Lowry has been running PechaKucha Leamington since 2018. Her career has crossed fine art, textiles and design, from airplanes and automotive to nettle weaving and Japanese braiding. She is a colour and material designer for Jaguar Land Rover. When not running PK in her spare time, Sarah creates her own artwork, and will be exhibiting in the next Warwickshire Open Studios event this summer.
https://www.facebook.com/PKLeamington
https://www.instagram.com/pkleamington/


Bronwyn Alsop Profile

Bronwyn Alsop [Chair]
Warwick District Council   

Bronwyn has worked in arts marketing for 9 years. In her role as Marketing and Programming Supervisor, she is responsible for the planning and delivery of marketing campaigns across the Royal Spa Centre and Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, maximising attendance across both venues, and developing the cinema programme. Bronwyn was session chair at Spark 2020 and host of the week long, digital, Spark 2021, and is interested in how the arts can benefit from digital technologies.
 

Sally larke

Sally Larke
Sally Larke lives in Warwick making pottery in her studio at the bottom of her garden. She playfully creates ceramic pictures and sculptural vessels using stoneware, porcelain and glass. Sally Larke’s talk is about pottery, play, and the process of creating through repeat learning.  
https://www.instagram.com/sallylarkeceramicart/

Andy payne
Andy Payne
Andy Payne is a software developer with a background in computer aided manufacturing.  He has recently started Mechanismo, a company for exploring the joyful side of robotics and is making some amazing friends along the way… Andy will talk about how robots took over his life and may take over yours soon too!
mechanismo.com
https://twitter.com/mechanismobot
 

Alex harvey
Alex Harvey 
Alex Harvey is an immersive storyteller with 8 years working at Codemasters creating racing games until Co founding RiVR in 2016. RiVR now have a number of virtual reality training products being used all over the world mainly focused in the blue light services. RiVR also has a keen focus on the latest scanning technology and how it can improve historical preservation and interpretation of famous land marks. Alex’s talk is going to be a whistle stop tour of all things virtual reality, photogrammetry, robots, AI and LiDAR scanning!
 

Clare Green

Clare Green
Clare Green loves connecting things, people and places and throughout her career has led amazing projects such as the UK’s largest student games festival Brains Eden, hackathons using data from museums and galleries through to a design festival which included a ZX Spectrum, a prosthetic leg and an Evian water bottle as exhibits! The games industry brought her to Leamington in 2018 and she now runs Creative Futures based 1 Mill Street, where she supports our creative cluster and helps start-up businesses stay in the area. After years of helping people who make video games, she’s delving into the world of esports and learning loads about playing competitively and what it takes to win. Clare’s talk will show that there is more to esports than just boys playing in their bedrooms and cover everything from art, music, fashion and community. She’ll also let us know why the University of Warwick is invested too.

Instagram handles: @universityofwarwick @warwickenterprise @1millstreet
https://warwickinnovationdistrict.com/creative-futures/
 

Brothers McLeod Profile

Brothers McLeod     
The Brothers McLeod are director, illustrator Greg and writer, voice actor Myles… They make animations, short films, and write and illustrate books. They’ve won a BAFTA and make cartoons for people like Disney, the BBC and Aardman. The Brothers McLeod’s talk is about what an illustrator and a writer got up to during the pandemic. Quite a lot, as it turns out!
https://www.instagram.com/myinkyhead/
http://linktr.ee/mylesmcleod

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PechaKucha Takeover: Part 2

Sarah Lowry
PechaKucha Leamington

Bronwyn Alsop Profile

Bronwyn Alsop [Chair]
Warwick District Council   

Bronwyn has worked in arts marketing for 9 years. In her role as Marketing and Programming Supervisor, she is responsible for the planning and delivery of marketing campaigns across the Royal Spa Centre and Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, maximising attendance across both venues, and developing the cinema programme. Bronwyn was session chair at Spark 2020 and host of the week long, digital, Spark 2021, and is interested in how the arts can benefit from digital technologies.
 

Lindsey chambers

Lindsey Chambers 
Lindsey Chambers is a textile designer and prop maker for television and always curious about learning and making. She particularly loves creating grass roots initiatives involving communities in making and creativity. Lindsey Chambers talk is about the City of Culture project: The Coventry Sketchbook project; showing the development and impact of this grass roots community visual legacy

Steve taylor

Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor is a recovering muso who still spends far too much time worrying about the music that people SHOULD be listening to. For the last decade and a half, he has somehow held down a proper job in Higher Education, but scratch below the surface and there are the remnants of a rebellious attitude cultivated in 1990s alternative radio that he has never quite grown out of. Steve Taylor will consider the spirit of independence that he believes is a vital part of creative practice. Expect to hear some (very short) stories drawn from his own experience, as a DJ in alternative radio, an author, and latterly as an academic in Higher Education. 
Twitter: @SteveTaylorArts 
 

Vishalashi roy

Vishalakshi Roy 
Vishalakshi Roy is nosey by nature and likes hanging out with creative people. She has worked in the creative and cultural sector for the last 18 years as a consultant, business mentor and an academic – but when she grows up, she would like to be a detective! Vishalakshi is going to talk about the personal identity journey creatives take when they take the plunge and set up a creative business.

https://twitter.com/royvisha
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vishalakshi-roy-9491884/?originalSubdomain=uk
https://www.earthenlamp.com/
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/scapvc/ccmps/staff/roy/
 

Matt katz
Matt Katz 
Matt Katz is a producer and composer based in Leamington Spa. He has worked on the music for some of the UK’s best loved kids TV shows and provides audio post production for Film, TV and Radio.Matt will be talking about how his career was kick started with disruptive technology, and the emerging technologies that have helped him to keep working through the pandemic.

Jane Simpkis

Jane Simpkiss  
Jane Simpkiss is the Art Curator at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. In her role, she oversees the care, interpretation and display of the permanent art collection and develops and manages the Gallery's temporary art exhibitions. Her research interests are focused on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British and Dutch painting, particularly the depiction of women in art and the role of female artists in this period. She also has a keen interest in twentieth-century studio ceramics. Before joining Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Jane has worked at a number of museums undertaking curatorial research, including Dulwich Picture Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Royal Collection Trust. Jane will be talking about the exhibition which she has most recently curated at the Gallery: ‘Outgrowing: Flowers and Female Artists, 1700-now’, exploring why the unique relationship between female artists and the subject of flowers and its relevance to modern audiences.

https://www.instagram.com/jane.simpkiss/
https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms/info/2/leamington_spa_art_gallery_and_museum

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