About us

Eden Arts is one of the north’s leading artist-led organisations. Based in Eden in Cumbria, Eden Arts has been making things for over 20 years and creates projects around mass participation, local distinctiveness and digital engagement. Audiences and participants are Eden locals and from across Cumbria. The use of digital media means our projects reach and engage people UK wide and the other side of the world too! Our door is always open so if you are passing pop in for a chat and a cuppa, or start a conversation on the digital equivalent via Twitter or Facebook. Eden Arts is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also receives core funding from Eden District Council.


The Team

Adrian Lochhead: Director


Adrian’s career to date has encompassed theatre as a performer, director and writer, as well as TV and Radio as a performer.  This early career included performing with great northern companies such as the Royal Exchange and Library Theatres in Manchester and the Duke’s in Lancaster.  He has worked in educational arts companies and small scale touring.  He has also worked in club and festival promotion and his experience has encompassed advising on such things as event promotion on a major sponsors programme at UEFA’s Euro 2009 in Vienna. After many years in London and the south of England, Adrian is very happy to be back in his native north and proud to be leading an organisation dedicated to arts in a rural setting.  He is passionate about the relevance of art and culture in enriching all of our lives.

Heather Walker: Head of Projects


Heather is a dancer. Before coming to Eden Arts in 2012 Heather was Company Manager at Tees Valley Dance in Stockton on   Tees and prior to this worked for North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire as a Dance Worker.   Heather originally trained in Dance and has a degree from the University of Chichester in Dance and an MA from Reading University in The Body & Representation. Heather has been a performer, teacher, and lecturer of dance and worked on many community dance projects. She has also been a Digital Fellow at University of Teesside. At Eden Arts she leads on project development, project management and works closely with Adrian on company strategy.


Jayne Mcfadyen: Finance & Office Manager

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An old-school funk and disco DJ (vinyl only!), Jayne has lived in Cumbria for thirty years, and has two (almost) grown up daughters 2 cats and an unreliable campervan. As well as working on finance and administration for Eden Arts, Jayne helps run the touring Melodrome stage and works as a PA and publicist for musicians.

Jo Bramley-Wright: Project Officer

jo bJo is a landscape painter whose artistic career began at Leeds College of Art and Design where she completed her foundation course, followed by a degree in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University.  She has exhibited in various galleries and open studios events and continues to produce work inspired by her journeys.  Jo began working in the arts at the Arts and Mental Health charity Artists in Mind, based in Huddersfield, where she worked as assistant manager, workshop leader and mentor.  She also managed two projects for Wakefield and Leicester secure hospitals collaboratively working with professional artists and patients to produce site specific sculptures.

Jo moved from York, via France, to Cumbria in 2014.  She now works part time on the C-Art project, continues her own creative practice and runs her gardening business, Fell and Furrow, alongside her husband Chris. http://jobramleywright.co.uk/ http://www.fellandfurrow.com/

Simon Cole: Technical Manager


Simon is a Lighting Designer who started work with Eden Arts in 2012, working on Picnic Cinema. Before that he was a Theatre Technician for 7 years at ARC –a multi-venue arts centre in Stockton-on-Tees, after studying performance and finding he liked life backstage a lot more.

Simon has since worked as a Lighting & AV Designer and Production Manager alongside his work with Eden Arts. He has toured with small scale theatre and designed lighting and AV for theatres and theatre companies across the North working recently with Curious Monkey, OddManOut and Live Theatre in Newcastle. He looks after Penrith Old Fire Station and all things technical for Eden Arts.

Bryoney Fawn: Producer

bryoneyBryoney graduated with a first class honours in Textile Crafts from the University of Huddersfield before moving to Penrith in 2015. During University, Bryoney was an active member of a Students Union society, becoming the events officer for the largest social society in her second year. As part of her degree, she also studied fine art in Besancon, France through the Universities ERASMUS programme.  Bryoney now creates most of our in house marketing for print and online and manages our websites along with leading our Picnic Cinema crew with Simon Cole and organising aspects of the Winter Droving.


The Board

Gordon Rigg

Penrith born Gordon Rigg started his career as a Mathematics teacher but, in 1976, the failing health of his father led to him joining the family printing business in which he worked until his retirement in 2009, thirty years as MD and overseeing the development of Reed’s Ltd. (now H & H Reeds Printers) to become one of the leading print firms in the North of England. He was also non-executive Director of Penrith Building Society for thirty years, ten of these as Chairman. Married to retired schoolteacher Yvonne with two grown-up children Rachel and Richard (both working in the arts), Gordon’s interests include music and the creative arts, reading, fishing, walking, all sports and remains an active cyclist.

John Sidney

John Sidney is the Head of Category Management for Sellafield Ltd. This is a major change programme to revitalize and develop the engineering supply chain for nuclear decommissioning. John has a strong focus on cross-discipline cooperation and creative problem solving. Having worked in the UK, Africa and the USA, he is currently based in North West England.

From an initial career in science, and then engineering, John has progressed through nuclear measurement systems to project management, commercial management and strategy. With a particular interest in how cooperative relationships deliver enhanced value, he has helped build productive links between businesses, communities and not for profit organizations. He is a member of the steering group for the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, a Governor at Furness College and a board member of Atlantic Gateway.

An avid consumer of modern and contemporary art, he firmly believes in an integrated view, and works to remove the boundaries between science and art and to encourage creativity from wherever it may come from.

Richard Smith(Chair)

Richard Smith has worked in museums and art galleries for over 13 years across management, exhibitions, education and collections. He currently leads the visual arts programme and sits on the senior management team for Live at LICA, a combined arts organisation based at Lancaster University. Through Peter Scott Gallery (a constituent part of Live at LICA) Richard works on contemporary art commissions, exhibitions and research projects whilst maintaining and developing the nationally significant Peter Scott Gallery collections. Richard is Chair of North by NorthWest, one of nine regional groups that make up the national Contemporary Visual Art Network.

Charles Quick

Charles Quick has over 30 years experience of working as an artist/researcher and curator in the public realm. He has contributed permanent and temporary projects for cities across the United Kingdom. In 2003 he co-founded the curatorial project ’In Certain Places’ which since then has worked with regional, national and international artists to develop works for the City, which have revealed, critiqued and provoked new understandings of a place and its peoples.

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