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. 


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.

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. 



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. 

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.

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Rob Brannen

Chair of Trustees

Rob Brannen is Head of the School of Arts at De Montfort University. The School contains programmes in Arts & Festivals Management, Dance, Drama, Fine Art, Foundation Art & Design, Photography & Video and Performing Arts.

Rob has published, presented papers and led workshops in the areas of pedagogy and performance, new theatre writing and the politics of arts funding.

Rob is a Teacher Fellow of De Montfort University, holds a National Teaching Fellowship award for individual excellence in teaching and is Vice-President of the International University Theatre Association.


Laura McCafferty

Laura McCafferty uses text, drawing, textile and performance to set up tensions between the trivial and serious. Obsessively gathering images of incidental peculiarities from the ordinary and popular culture, then constructing realities from these varied sources. Creating spaces that sit poised on the threshold of narrative that subtly mess with what’s expected. Currently exploring themes of repetition, permutation and multiplicity. 

Laura is one of the first Alumni from UKYA. She was selected in 2008 to present her work with us at the International Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean in Bari, Italy.

Laura holds an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University and a BA in Decorative Arts from Nottingham Trent University, where she now teaches on the Fine Art, Decorative Art and Fashion and Textiles degrees.

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Deborah Dean

Deborah Dean is the Visual Arts Collections & Exhibitions Manager for Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, based at Nottingham Castle. Her role, with the support of her team, includes overall responsibility for exhibitions, commissioning artists and for the city’s collections of Fine Art, Decorative Art, Costume and Textiles and the Newstead Abbey collection. She has been at the castle since 2007 and is currently leading on the re-display of the art collections as part of the castle's major transformation project.

Prior to this she was Director of Angel Row Gallery Nottingham (1998-2007), during which time she also worked for the City Council on the development of Nottingham Contemporary (2003-2007). She was Manager of Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum (1990-1998) and a board member of Beacon Art Project from 2007-2015. She is currently on the Steering Group of Contemporary Visual Arts, East Midlands Visual Arts.

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Veronica Pickering

Veronica Moraa Pickering was born in Kisii, Kenya and moved to the UK with her family in 1968, settling in Nottinghamshire in 1970s. For over 25 years Veronica has worked to support children, families and communities in difficult social and personal difficulites. Her work has focused on assessing the needs of diverse communities and also specific individual needs. She has been appointed and worked closely with the UK courts and by the UN, NGO's and local authorities here in the UK. Veronica has worked for many years as personal coach supporting individuals to achieve and set individual goals. She is currently working as a consultant with Nottingham Trent University.

Veronica is a board member and trustee of a number of organisations in Nottinghamshire. Veronica has for many years been a strong supporter of the arts and its life changing benefits to society. She is married to artist and painter Roy Pickering and has had experience of organising numerous exhibitions and major arts events both in the UK and abroad.

In May 2013 Veronica was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Notttinghamshire.


Amanda Briggs-Goode

In the role as Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University, Amanda provides subject leadership and management for a busy and creative department

Prior to becoming Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design in 2013, Amanda was Principle Lecturer in Textile Design and led on the Chartered Society of Designers accreditation. While in this role she published the key text book Printed Textile Design with Lawrence King Publishers. Amanda has also maintained research interests and for the past ten years has worked with the lace archive which is held within the school and she leads the lace heritage research group.

She co-organised a season of city wide events called Lace:Here:Now in 2013 which included exhibitions, film showings, lace making, an academic symposium and lectures across the main cultural venues in Nottingham, later co-editing a book of the same name. In 2018 she has curated an exhibition ‘Lace Unarchived’ which includes work from the NTU archive and from designers, artists and manufacturers of Nottingham Lace. She has published and exhibited widely on lace and heritage related issues.



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.


Jade Foster

Production and Marketing Assistant

Jade is an Independent Curator-Producer and multi-disciplinary Artist exploring mainly Sound, Photography and Performance. At UKYA, she lead on the development of a fringe event for UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019.

Jade is interested in talent development, working with young and emerging artists/curators and has a strong mission to diversify leadership within the arts.

She is currently QUAD / FORMAT International Photography Festival Programme Assistant for Here, There and Everywhere: Africa – a project delivered by a UK-wide consortium led by New Art Exchange, Nottingham which focuses on developing talented artists or curators from the African Region.

She graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Derby in 2017 and underwent study at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart in Germany. Since then she has gone on to show work internationally in Denmark, Aarhus on a project supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and become co-founder and director of Divine Locale which is a grassroots and artist-led organisation that is battling graduate retention in the East Midlands.


Justin Turford

Music and Sound Producer

Justin Turford is a Creative Director for cultural events people Truth & Lies Music, a busy DJ and a highly experienced Production and Stage Manager for music and arts festivals across the UK, including having a busy old time as the Visual Arts and Dance Coordinator for WEYA Festival in 2012. Justin produced and managed music and sound events for UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019.


Nick Lawford

Operations Manager

For the last three years Nick has been Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, managing a team of six fundraisers, together responsible for generating annual income of more than £1.4 million through community fundraising, individual giving, staff fundraising, events, sponsorship and corporate partnerships.  An experienced fundraiser, Nick was previously Fundraising & Development Manager at Nottingham Playhouse where, for nearly seven years, he was responsible for developing sponsorship, individual giving, large-scale fundraising events, and income from trusts and foundations to support the operation of the theatre.  In his spare time Nick runs a small DIY record label, Hello Thor Records, releasing and publicising new music and promoting events in Nottingham and beyond.