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Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme Fellows

Lucy Newton

Lucy-Newton-Lucy, Fellow for Bristol Music Trust, has recently graduated from Durham University with a BA Hons in Music.

During her time there, she was involved in various musical ensembles, including a year as President of Durham University Orchestral Society during their 50th anniversary year.

Previously based in London, Lucy also spent 3 months on a placement working as Product Assistant and Customer Services Manager for Festicket, an innovative website used to book music festival packages.

Heather Holcroft-Pinn

Heather-Holcroft-Pinn-Heather, Fellow for Tobacco Factory Theatres, moved back to the South West where she grew up after graduating with an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex.

Heather has worked for Bath Festivals and Colston Hall since moving to the Bristol area. She is passionate about new writing and innovative forms of performance especially puppetry.

Heather is a core member of Dark Squid, inc, a children’s puppet theatre company. In 2013 they performed a sold out run of shows at Brighton Fringe Festival after winning a grant from IdeasTap.

Claire Stone

Claire-Stone-Claire, Fellow for The Point, Eastleigh, is a theatre-maker from South East London. After graduating from Warwick University with a BA Hons in Philosophy & Literature, she secured an AHRC Professional Preparation Mastership to study MA Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 2012.

Since then she has successfully led a variety of devised, new writing and community arts projects across London, including: a pilot workshop with Ché Walker, bringing ex-offender arts charities Only Connect and Clean Break together for the first time; facilitating workshops for children and adults with mental health issues and disabilities as an Artistic Associate for Green Shoes Arts; and directing and producing her own work for Camden People’s Theatre (Calm Down, Dear Festival), Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ZOO Venues.

Phoebe Wild

Phoebe-Wild-Phoebe, Fellow for Nuffield Theatre Southampton, recently relocated from St Ives in Cornwall. She played a key role in Penwith Gallery’s organisational transformation, gaining a wealth of experience in only twenty months. This involved the design and delivery of its marketing and communications and managing the gallery renovation ready for its relaunch.

She graduated in 2011 from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Fine Art having also spent time at TAMK University in Finland. She went on to live in Finland for two years to work with young people in a progressive school. Her journeys and work bring together her main passions in life – people, communities and creativity.

Cat Palmer

Cat-Palmer-Cat, Fellow for the Wiltshire Music Centre, graduated from the University of Exeter in 2015 with BSc Hons in Physical Geography.

A keen musician, Cat spent much of her time prior to University participating in school, college and Hampshire County Music Service ensembles.

Throughout University, she continued her musicianship by participating in several music societies and being elected to several committee positions, ranging from Orchestral Manager of the Gilbert and Sullivan society in 2014 to President of Concert Band (2014-15) and Fundraising and Events Manager for Footlights, a musical theatre society (2014-15).

Christie Johnson

Christie-JohnsonChristie, Fellow for Writers’ Centre Norwich, graduated with a degree in B.A. (Hons) English and American Literature from University of Kent in 2014. Christie has always been drawn to the arts, having participated in dance and performance groups throughout school and university. Achieving distinction in A – level Performing Arts, Christie has been involved in the organisation and implementation of many creative projects and events.

A keen writer, she has explored and developed her skills throughout her time as an undergraduate and continues to do so as a literary blogger. Whilst working within the fitness industry, Christie played a key part in fundraising and marketing strategies for a number of charity events including Cancer Research UK and was the head of social media advertising.

Since graduating, she has volunteered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds giving her strong insight in to new developments and sector trends within the arts and at a primary school coordinating workshops for children to support their creative writing and literary development.

Michaela Clayton

Michaela-ClaytonMichaela, Fellow for People United, graduated with a 2:1 from Brunel University in Drama, Film and Television Studies and then took some time out to travel the world and learn about art and culture away from England.

After she worked with small charities that support volunteering abroad, arts organisations that create life and culture to larger charity organisations that work with large corporate organisations.  From this experience she has realised what she want to do, fundraise for the arts.

Michaela wants to make the arts sustainable for the future, as well as making it accessible for everyone.

Clare McCullagh

Clare-McCullaghClare, fellow for Canterbury Festival, graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Creative Producing in 2014.

With a background predominantly in theatre, Clare has been involved with Headlong Theatre, Stage One and LIFT, curating a performance for their After A War weekend at Battersea Arts Centre in 2014.

Since arriving from her native Northern Ireland, Clare has embraced life in Kent; working at Canterbury Cathedral, securing a scholarship from Canterbury Arts Council and getting involved with the vibrant arts and cultural scene in the South-East.

Kathryn Worthington

Kathryn-Worthington-Kathryn, Fellow for the Ashmolean, graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (hons) in Multi-Media Textiles in 2012.

Since graduating, Kathryn has been volunteering and working in museums and arts institutions in the midlands.

Most recently she has worked as a Marketing Coordinator at The National Brewery Centre and an Assistant Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, both in Staffordshire.

Jodie Marsden

Jodie-MarsdenJodie, Fellow for Artswork, recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick. She has previously been involved with the Warwick Raising and Giving society at University where she undertook personal fundraising targets and aided with the societies main fundraising events.

Her interest in the arts grew when, as Productions Manager for Warwick Shakespeare Society and Freshblood Festival Co-Ordinator, she assisted with small-scale student productions and managed a successful student writing festival. Jodie has also produced and assisted with a large-scale student musical and a studio theatre production in the Warwick Arts Centre.

Patrick Reynolds

Patrick-Reynolds-Patrick, Fellow for the Royal Exchange Theatre, is originally from Shropshire and recently completed a BA in English Literature; Language at the University of Leeds having studied English and Creative Writing for an additional year at the University of California, Irvine. He is an aspiring writer of poetry and fiction, but has also had some success in Literary Journalism having been published by TIMEWashington Post, and Zocalo Public Square. In 2013 he joined Improv Revolution, an improvised comedy troupe with whom he performed and did outreach work across Southern California for a year. During this time he gained experience in Arts fundraising through his role as Co-Producer of Improv Revolution’s annual Coup de Comedy Festival.

Outside the Arts, Patrick has also volunteered and fundraised for numerous charities, including Moving Mountains Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Sarah Bird

Sarah-Bird-Sarah, Fellow for New Writing North, has been living in Newcastle since January 2013 where she has worked on various projects including an international arts festival, film production and most recently she has been fundraising for Northern Stage.

Growing up in South Hampshire, she started accruing work in the arts from assisting in craft studios, cultural Olympiad arts workshops, music festivals and helped on a redevelopment in marketing strategy for Not on the High Street alongside organising fine art exhibitions with fellow artists and designers.

She is looking forward to extending this experience with New Writing North and being a part of the Fundraising Fellowship scheme.

Jess Boyes

Jess-Boyes-Jess, Fellow for Mind the Gap, graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA(hons) in English Literature and Drama in 2013, where her involvement in theatre revolved particularly around costume and wardrobe management. After spending eighteen months in the commercial department of a large retail business and engaging with small, local charities and festivals, she relocated to Glasgow to pursue a career in the arts.

Most recently, Jess completed a graduate placement with Impact Arts, a community arts charity based in Glasgow’s East End, where she focused on an employability programme for young people. She is particularly interested in participatory arts and creative expression as a tool for personal and social development.

Christina McNeill

Chrstina-McNeillChristina, fellow for the Hallé, graduated in 2014 from the University of Manchester with a MusB(Hons) in Music.

Originally from Edinburgh she has always enjoyed being involved in the arts, both in performance and the formulation.

During a summer position with the Edinburgh International Festival in the Sponsorship and Development Department Christina discovered her interest in the Fundraising aspect to arts management and is thrilled to have the opportunity of working with Cause4 and the Hallé to further her abilities.

Dafydd Williams

DaffydDafydd, Fellow for Phoenix Dance Theatre is based in Leeds and graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a BMus degree in Music. As part of his degree programme he was fortunate enough to spend an Erasmus year abroad at the Conservatorio di Arrigo Boito di Parma in Northern Italy.

Since graduation, Dafydd spent a year gaining useful business management experience before being accepted onto the MA programme in Music and Management at the University of Leeds in September 2014, for which he was awarded a Fee Scholarship. Alongside his postgraduate studies, Dafydd has undertaken positions at Leeds College of Music and ArtForms – the Leeds City Council music education hub. He has a particular interest in strategy within the arts.

Jonathan Mace

Jonathan-MaceJonathan, Fellow for the Royal Shakespeare Company, recently graduated with a BSc in Business Management from the University of Birmingham. Alongside his degree he has worked part time as a Front of House and Box Office Assistant at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. In 2012 Jonathan produced his first small-scale musical ‘Edges’ and combined a passion for the Arts with business skills to fund, market, design and direct the production achieving critical and financial success.

Jonathan has also completed internships with Arden Entertainment, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Jamie Wilson Productions in marketing, general management and production roles.

Sanpreet Janjua

Sanpreet-JanjuaSanpreet, Fellow for Nottingham Playhouse graduated with a degree in English from The University of Leicester in 2013. In the two years since she has volunteered at many arts based charities and festivals such as The Spark Arts for Children, BE Festivall, and The Hay Festival, which peaked her desire to work to make the arts as accessible as possible. She also gained an interest in fundraising when she was selected to take part in the ICS programme in Ghana in 2015.

Sanpreet also contributes to the Nottingham Alternative Film Network as its producer which aims to screen films that are often overlooked by mainstream distributors in Nottingham, as well training young people to write critically about art forms and providing a platform for their work to be published online.

Bhavisha Kukadia

Bhavisha-KukadiaBhavisha, Fellow for New Art Exchange, graduated from the School of Fine Art, History of Arts and Cultural Studies at Leeds University with a BA Hons Cultural Studies in 2013.

As an Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholar she worked on a project focused on Augmented Reality Interface Design for Museums and Galleries. Since then she has been gaining experience at various places including in exhibition and visitor centre design and production.

In her role at New Arts Exchange she hopes to build on her interest and knowledge of diverse and postcolonial cultural production and work to enhance the organisation’s development activities.

Katy Price

Katy-Price-Katy, Fellow for Black Country Living Museum, graduated with a BA (Hons) in Illustration and Animation from Coventry University in 2012.

Katy has since worked with Birmingham based animation company, Yamination Studios as Production Assistant, where she ran a highly successful crowd funding campaign for the short film ‘At-issue’.

Katy has also acted as a mentor and Production Coordinator for Birmingham’s first BFI Film Academy, whilst developing a career at Cath Kidston Ltd. and pursuing her passion for the arts.

Rosy Ross

Rosy-Ross-Rosy, Fellow for mac Birmingham, graduated from UCL in 2012 with a distinction in European Culture.

She also holds a BA in French and English (University of Nottingham) and has lived in France twice as a language teacher.

Rosy has recently returned from several months’ traveling in Scandinavia, South and Southeast Asia and South America, culminating in a three month internship in the USA fundraising for a theatre company.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, she also contributed to two NYC blogs on electronic music and sustainable living (her other passions!).

Michael Adamson

Michael AdamsonMichael, Fellow for Studio Wayne McGregor, completed his BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance from leading dance and music institution, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. After graduating, he was elected Vice-president of Trinity Laban Students Union (TLSU). During this period, Michael also started working for Dance UK, the industry body for dance, and the National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA), the subject association for dance.

After finishing his year with TLSU, Michael continued working with Dance UK and the NDTA, experiencing and developing skills in arts fundraising, advocacy, marketing, and communications. Having trained in contemporary dance, Michael is incredibly passionate about the arts and believes that every person should have the entitlement to experience dance. He believes fundraising is fundamental in the future of the arts and is keen to develop a career in arts fundraising and development through the fellowship.

Nicola Bullen

Nicola-BullenNicola, fellow for Soho Theatre, graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2013 after having relocated to South East London from Staffordshire in 2010.

Whilst at university Nicola embarked upon a number of voluntary roles, including Clean Break Theatre Company, where she was a classroom assistant; post university she went on to be a Fundraising and Development intern.

She also worked with Heart n Soul, an arts organisation based in Deptford who work with adults and young people with learning difficulties.


Sophie Mak-Schram

sophieSophie, Fellow for Punchdrunk, graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and History of Art from the University of York in 2014.

Since then, she has worked on a research project on Indian literature, an independent film in a German circus tent and a community art/activism project with Counterpoints Arts in London.

At the moment, she is working at the Abacus, a grassroots creative space in Cardiff. She is interested in making art more accessible for both practitioners and audiences.

Alessandra Green

Allessandra-GreenAlessandra, Fellow for the London Transport Museum, is based in Warwickshire (soon to be London) and has recently graduated with an MA in English Studies from the University of Leeds. Since graduating, Alessandra has worked at Warwick Arts Centre as the Marketing and Press Intern and as a Box Office Assistant, and she has also volunteered in the Development Office at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Whilst at university, Alessandra interned at Armley Mills Industrial Museum and the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Leeds, and she is looking forward to gaining greater knowledge of arts fundraising and the heritage sector during the Fellowship.

Nadja Degen

Nadja-DegenNadja, Fellow for Apples and Snakes, graduated in 2014 with a distinction in her MA of Education in English and Latin at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Alongside her studies, she was involved in conference management and academic research in the Collaborative Research Centre “Transformations of Antiquity”, an interdisciplinary project at Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Recently, she completed her second MA in Arts Management at the University of Manchester. She gained varied experience as a PR and Marketing Assistant for the interdisciplinary arts organisation Islington Mill and as a Development Intern at the Royal Exchange Theatre, where she discovered her passion for fundraising. She is particularly interested in the role of the arts in creative cities and strategies for collaborative fundraising.

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