UK Young Artists would like to thank the wonderful people that have worked with us over the years and helped to shape the organisation in their various capacities. 


Nick Slater

Nick Slater is Director of Arts at Loughborough University where he is responsible for the public facing arts programme. A key strand of this is Radar, a commissioning programme that engages with academic research.   He was previously Visual Arts Officer at Arts Council West Midlands and has also worked as Exhibitions Co-ordinator for Quad, Derby and the Royal Institute of British Architects. 



Terry Shave

Terry has an extensive track record as an artist and arts educator. Born in Suffolk, he now exhibits regularly both in the UK and abroad. He has won prizes in the John Moores painting exhibition in Liverpool and the Unilever Award in London. He has also curated exhibitions that explore drawing, museum collections and contemporary painting in the UK. He is represented in The National Collection with work in museums and the Arts Council Collection.

Terry is Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. He has initiated and developed a significant range of arts projects both nationally and abroad. These particularly focus on location specific intervention work that attempts to use art to explore socio-political and historical interpretations of sites. He was a founder member of UK Young Artists. He is an active supporter of artist led galleries and studios and is a board member and advisor to Backlit in Nottingham and AirSpace in Stoke-on-Trent.



Sally Doughty

Sally is Principal Lecturer in Dance and Programme Leader for MA Performance Practices at De Montfort University, Leicester. Her research specialism is improvisation and she has published, performed and taught internationally. She is a co-founder of Quick Shifts, the improvisation performance collective based in the East Midlands.

Will Davies

Will is a careers consultant at Loughborough University working with students in the School of Arts, English & Drama and the Design School. Prior to joining the team at Loughborough, he worked at IdeasTap, East 15 Acting School, National Student Drama Festival, Spotlight and as a casting director working on such films as The Descent and Severance. Will has also written feature film scripts and is a member of the UK Young Artists board. UK Young Artists is an exciting cross discipline arts festival that takes place in the East Midlands. 


Tina Smith

Business Development Manager

Tina was responsible for fundraising and developing relationships with public and private sources; and developing, implementing and maintaining UK Young Artists fundraising strategy and evolving fundraising action plan. Tina’s educational background is in visual arts and literature but she has worked across all art forms - working at the Arts Council for over 10 years in building partnerships to secure support for artists/arts organisations and creative industry sector development. More recently working freelance on festivals and with a theatre company who specialise in music, dance and puppetry providing multi-sensory experiences. She has an extensive knowledge of arts development practices and a history of securing significant investment from EU funding, public sector and Trusts and Foundations.


Joe Rowley


Joe Rowley is an artist and curator based in Göteborg, Sweden and Nottingham, UK. Having graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA in Fine Art (2014) he is currently working towards his MFA Fine Art at Valand Academy, Göteborg.

Rowley was a founding member and Director/Curator at HUTT, Nottingham from 2014 to 2016 and now pursues independent curatorial projects alongside an artistic practice.

He has shown both nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions in Nottingham and Glasgow and group shows in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Brussels and as part of the Sunscreen, a project by Candice Jacobs for EM15 at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Upcoming curation includes We See the World through Eyes of Ancient Mud at Voidoid Archive, Glasgow and No Light Waits II at Collectiv National, Antwerp, Belgium as well as UK Young Artists Festival as a curator for the festival in Derby and Mediterrania 18: Durana in Tirana and Durrës, Albania.


Micky Dickson

Marketing and Projects Officer

As a graduate of Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University (2017), Micky is now a practicing artist specialising in concept driven installation, sculpture and textile based work.

Micky has shown work in galleries regionally, including Surface Gallery, Nottingham and  CityArts, Nottingham  and has been involved in a number of arts events including FACADE  group show and artist talk at Surface Gallery and Inter-festival, Nottingham. Most recently having taken part in an international programme: Infinitisimal, Artist Research Residency, Quebec, Canada. With a particular interest in the arts and education Micky has worked in a number of educational institutions to deliver arts and music workshops, also working as student associate at Forest Fields Primary School. As Marketing and Project Officer for UK Young Artists, Micky was involved in assisting the organisation of arts events and associated communications strategies.

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Julian Hanby

Project Manager - Derby 2016

Julian is an event manager, producer and director and runs a variety of community theatre projects in and around his home city of Nottingham. Julian is also a theatre designer, technician and stage manager and has worked on numerous traditional and multimedia performances. He is an associate artist with Urban Angel, an innovative organisation using the arts as a tool for increasing social inclusion and community cohesion. At UKYA Julian project managed our national cross-art form festival in Derby, November 2016.

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Laura Boswell

Project manager - Leicester 2014

Experienced Project Manager specialising in youth development and inclusivity in the creative industries. Laura has a strong record of delivering authentic programmes that open up access to the arts, media and music industries to diverse and underrepresented groups.

Laura currently works as an Industry Talent Specialist at Channel 4, having previously worked as Relationship Manager and Programme Assistant at Arts Council England. At UKYA, Laura was Project Manager for the Leicester Festival 2014 and secured a £200,000 grant from ACE for UKYA's activities until 2018.

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Sally Hodgson

Marketing Officer - Leicester 2014

Sally Hodgson  (PIPOCA) operates within the creative industries. She works with distributors, agencies and organisations, online platforms, film directors and producers and events and festivals on audience development, marketing, distribution, project management and production.

Sally was recognised as the UK’s first Producer of Marketing & Distribution (PMD) in 2010. Since then she has released films theatrically, brokered broadcast sales, built grassroot audiences and run successful audience engagement campaigns. 

At UKYA, Sally managed all aspects of our marketing and communication for the Leicester Festival 2014.


Elizabeth Flanagan

PR Consultant

Elizabeth is a freelance PR and communications consultant. Over the past two years, she has managed first class media campaigns resulting in national and international press coverage, advised and implemented communications and brand strategies, overseen web development projects, developed complex stakeholder management and engagement plans, public affairs outreach and a range of high profile events. 

Previous & current clients include Art Below, Arts Media People, Berloni Gallery,The Foundling Museum, DACS, Gazelli Art House, Goldsmiths University, Musee Galleria, Paris, Petit Palais, Paris, Phaidon Press, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, Tate Britain & Tate Modern and Trolley Books.


Aja Ireland

Marketing and Projects Coordinator

Aja is an artist and freelance arts marketing and graphic design professional who has worked on a number of regional and national projects and commissions including Rough Trade, Seismik, Spanky Van Dykes and The Old Angel.

As an artist, AJA uses unsettling noise, distressed screams, hand made electronics and found objects pushed through pedals.  Aja has so far had her music played at Berlin Alternative Fashion Week for designer LU LA LOOP, played live on NTS Radio and after making the sound score for artist Joey Holder for the piece “Ophiux” she was nominated for the Oram Award funded by PRS foundation. You can hear her latest release, featuring on Perc's new album “Bitter Music” on the track “Spit”.


Garth Gratrix

Creative Producer

Garth Gratrix is an internationally exhibiting artist, curator and director based in the North West. With over 8 years experience as a freelance professional, he has worked in favour of the artist as part of wider strategic developments that consider and impact on culture, people and place. From Gallery installations, site specific interventions, residencies, research and engagement programmes to large scale festival production, Garth has an open and progressive way of producing collaborative platforms for art.
For the past 4 years he has acted as Places for Art Manager for LeftCoast- Blackpool's Creative People & Places programme supported by Arts Council England; leading to the development of the first contemporary arts studios on the NW Lancashire coastline- Abingdon Studios Ltd.
Alongside establishing new spaces for artistic experimentation, Garth has also acted as Art Commissioning Lead for Art B&B CIC- a capital works project in Blackpool reimagining the role art plays within hospitality and tourism.
Garth is currently the recipient of A-N Coaching Bursary and recently shortlisted for Clore Visual Artist Fellowship.