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

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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

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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.

Sharon Callaghan: Governance Officer

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Having spent 25 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in a variety of roles including tax adviser, operations  lead and most recently a senior role in learning & development Sharon has now relocated to Cumbria and  is enjoying this  new stage of her career in the arts sector.    Married to Mick  with 2 grown up children she  enjoys spending time in the outdoors and indulging her passion for live music by attending an eclectic mix  of concerts.

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

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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.

Katie Hale: New Writing Cumbria Co-ordinator

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Katie is  the voice (and eyes, and ears) of New Writing Cumbria. She’s also a poet, who’s been published  in Poetry ReviewThe Frogmore PapersInterpreter’s House and Cadaverine, among others. In 2013,  she created Beneath The Boughs, an installation of contemporary poetry at Lowther Castle. She was a  Barbican Young Poet 2011-12 and Young Poet in Residence at Theatre by the Lake (2013). She moved  around a bit (from London, to Melbourne, to St Andrews where she completed her MLitt in Creative  Writing Poetry), before returning to the Eden Valley in 2013. She’s currently working on a pamphlet (for  the uninitiated, read: mini-book) and redeveloping her musical, Yesterday, co-written with composer  Stephen Hyde. Most of her poet-life is covered on her website.

Artists

Bryoney Fawn: Artist

bryoneyBryoney graduated with a first class honours in Textile Crafts from the University of Huddersfield and shortly after set up her own crafts business selling paper cut artwork which she now supplies to galleries and online stores across England. Finally settled in Penrith, Bryoney balances her own practice with organising The Winter Droving, where she curates the market, gathers sponsors, and promotes the event through online marketing. She also enjoys regular weekends away as a member of the Picnic Cinema team and has now taken up the role of C-Art Maternity Cover while Jo is away on leave! View her personal work here: www.bryoneyfawn.com

 

The Board

Sarah Braithwaite

Sara joined the Eden Arts board in 2013. Sara was born in Bristol, attended university in Newcastle upon Tyne and moved to the Eden Valley in 1982. She has worked for the National Trust for more than 25 years and is currently the Custodian (property manager) of Acorn Bank , a National Trust property situated near Temple Sowerby in the Eden Valley. Sara has a Fine Arts background  and events experience as well as a wide knowledge of the heritage sector. She also has experience of working with diverse groups of people, having been a foster carer for 20 years and manages a team of 27 staff and 80+ volunteers.

Kate Brundrett

Kate Gilman Brundrett graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 1998 and City University in with an MA in Arts Management. She was Graphic Artist and Graphics Editor for The Independent / on Sunday, Visual Arts manager at Southwark Festival and co-founder of experimental art space Area10 – a 22,000 square foot warehouse in Peckham. Kate returned to Cumbria in 2002 and founded The Cumbria Network, a creative development hub for 1000+ artists in the ‘north, north west’, was co-founder of FRED, one of Europe’s largest site specific festivals, and Online ‘Jobs & Opps’ Editor for a-n: The Artists Information Company, offering timely advice on the environment for visual art work. She continues her visual arts practice in a freelance capacity specialising in drawing and book illustration, installation and participatory art, and lives and works in north England.

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.

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.