Member Directory

Our growing Member Directory contains a wealth of amazing people connecting, creating, collaborating, inspiring and seeking support from one another. We all work towards the same goal of igniting a passion for Chelmsford’s creative ambitions.

No matter where you live, if you work, volunteer, or study in the creative and cultural industries or have skills in the field of work, help us expand Chelmsford’s cultural identity and sign up now.

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Darryl Butcher

Darryl Butcher

DJ, remixer, artist, curator and working-class Essex bloke who now works in Schools and Colleges.

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Billie Bond

Billie Bond

My name is Billie Bond, I am a sculptor and recently elected member Royal Society of Sculptors and Society of Portrait Sculptors.

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Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey

I am Curatorial and Learning Officer at Chelmsford Museum. My passion is creating temporary exhibitions and sharing our local history and the museum’s collections in new and exciting ways.

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Nik Rawlinson

Nik Rawlinson

I'm a multidisciplinary artist with a particular interest in using old and new technology together to make images that couldn't possibly exist if they hadn't been combined. I work with cyanotype, old typewriters, plotters, jigsaws, and off-cut maps, alongside video...

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Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

I am a 21 year old creative, focusing on conscious rap / freestyles, writing poetry and painting. I have also created my own supportive community of women alongside my Sister - Sister Circles Chelmsford. We use holistic methods as well as sharing circles to support,...

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Steve Bushell

Steve Bushell

I work mainly with card cut-outs creating bold colourful images, mainly for private commission as well as popping up in magazines from time to time.

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Sara Tupper

Sara Tupper

I am currently the BID Manager and am very passionate about supporting the city centre and the amazing businesses we have here.

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Blue Mackay

Blue Mackay

Artist and Bookbinder. I started my stationery business Tied Fates while studying fine art and now I use all my art skills to illustrate and design!

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Emma White

Emma White

Hi, I am Emma White, co-founder of Van der Poll White Design. I am a Commercial Interior Designer with an invested interest in sustainability. Social awareness is embedded into our company ethos and we aim to create inspirational spaces to not only be in but interior...

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Saskia Gillespie

Saskia Gillespie

I’m passionate about the healing power of music, sound and nature. After graduatuing with a BMus in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, I began to work for Ace Music Therapy CIC, supporting them to deliver community music groups and helping to promote the amazing work they do!

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Maxine Clark

Maxine Clark

I am a creative that has never settled on a single material and I continue to explore every type of creative process I can get my hands on. MA in Craft and a fellow of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary. I've recently taken up the role of Events and Outreach Officer...

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Lauren Peters

Lauren Peters

I’m an ex-journalist, now Chartered Financial Planner and huge supporter of the arts, particularly theatre, comedy and LGBT+ events. I live in Chelmsford and run Valkyrie Financial Advice, a company specialising in providing pensions, investments and tax planning...

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Elaine Tribley

Elaine Tribley

I’m a Chelmsford based freelance artist and designer working predominatly in the public realm with projects ranging from large scale public art to community collaborations.

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A.T. Cason

A.T. Cason

Hailing from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, I am primarily a musician and songwriter for the American folk-music duo, Songs of the Folk. I've recently, along with my wife Lauren, moved to Essex. Songs of the Folk has performed concerts across the region...

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Josie Dom

Josie Dom

I am a children’s author from north Essex and am passionate about sharing joy through stories. Story-time can be an opportunity to explore creative ideas, the start of conversations, a fun activity or simply leave you with a warm feeling.

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Billy Herring

Billy Herring

I'm an actor, writer and producer from Chelmsford and I work for a Video Production studio in Southend. I've been working as a professional actor and teacher for nearly 20 years. I have enjoyed performing in professional theatre and film in Chelmsford, as well as...

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Garry Ormes

Garry Ormes

I work at Chelmsford City Theatres as the Visitor Experience Manager, I am the Chair and organiser of Essex Pride, having been involved since it began in 2003. In the spirit of pride, our aim is to celebrate diversity and encourage community cohesion.

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Elaine Chong

Elaine Chong

I'm a local Indie author, born in Brentwood and living in Chelmsford since 1986. I was writing short stories for UK women's magazines for about 10 years, but since 2017 I've concentrated on writing novels - supernatural thrillers. My fifth novel is set to be published...

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Tia Coker

Tia Coker

I am currently the manager at The Art Place. I am a fitness coach & an Afrobeat's Dance teacher. I have a BA in 3D design. Being a creative through Art & Movement has always been my first love. I am really passionate about building young people confidence...

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Leanne Hanna

Leanne Hanna

I am a photographer and filmmaker working with families and brands across the UK to capture their stories. I have also created The Legacy Project which is a community film project looking at the boxes of things people have collected throughout their lifetime to hand...

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David Bishop

David Bishop

I am currently Creative Director at a creative design studio I co-own. In my spare time I custom paint urban vinyl toys and sculptures for collectors all over the world. I graduated a long time ago with a degree in Fine Art Painting from Brighton School of Art. I...

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Mike Dodsworth

Mike Dodsworth

Professional Storyteller, Theatre Director and Drama Lecturer. Works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Interested in usual and unusual performance spaces and finding ways of reaching live audiences. Collaborations with multiple disciplines and...

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Gavin Marlow

Gavin Marlow

We are a bouncy castle and inflatable hire company, headquartered in Chelmsford, and helping people and businesses throughout the town and elsewhere in Essex.

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Jessica Pease

Jessica Pease

I am the Arts Development Officer for Essex Boys and Girls Clubs working with young people to develop arts programs, events, education and opportunities across Essex and London. Alongside this I am an experienced Performer and Choreographer having worked in the UK and...

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Ruth Salter

Ruth Salter

I make and sew items which are sold at the Art Place, Chelmsford and online via Etsy. I'm looking for a community to get support and advice from.

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Jo Morrison

Jo Morrison

An improvising vocalist/sometimes experimental theatre practitioner. I would also like to build a folk song repertoire - to contribute to community gatherings, I'm looking to do that through local folk clubs / anyone here. I sometimes facilitate the local Death Cafe...

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Joanna Peacock

Joanna Peacock

I grew up in a family that ran a costume making workshop and hire company. I studied for 8 years in fine art, specialising in sculpture. I undertook additional training in singing, acting, clowning, physical theatre,  acrobatics and dance. I have spent the last 30...

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Chris Rickett

Chris Rickett

I am a Principal Programmer at Dlala Studios. I have been working in the video games industry for over 10 years.

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Vanessa Brett

Vanessa Brett

I’m a creative millinery designer specialising in both occasion headpieces and hats to wear everyday.

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Grethe Mangala Jensen

Grethe Mangala Jensen

My name is Grethe, aka Sandal Sticks Theatre. I am a professional actor/puppeteer and Storyteller with many years experience working nationally and internationally. I offer interactive storytelling sessions to all ages, which incorporates songs, rhyme and puppetry for...

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Dan Baker

Dan Baker

I’m a freelance filmmaker, director, screenwriter, editor, educator and author. I’m passionate about creative storytelling…

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Rose Merchant

Rose Merchant

Hi my name is Rose Merchant. I have always had a passion for the arts particularly within events, photography and fashion. After obtaining my BA in Contemporary Art & Design ((Writtle University) and Fashion Promotion (Ravensbourne University), I joined the Art Place....

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Daniel Segeth

Daniel Segeth

I am a built-environment professional, professional project manager and Architectural Technologist based in Chelmsford. Outside of the formal stuff I am also a design enthusiast and good urban development champion. I founded WE ARE IST in 2024 as a curatorial and...

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Clare Woodward

Clare Woodward

Actor and writer local to Chelmsford and especially interested in all things theatre, comedy and improv. Clare has performed in community and fringe theatre in London and Essex.

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Mark (Teddy) Rutherford

Mark (Teddy) Rutherford

A photographer / videographer, content creator and artist spending many years working as an event photographer with the last few years venturing into photo art - having been a part of a few local art exhibitions and holding my own exhibition with friends at Barclays,...

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Liz Perry

Liz Perry

I am an Interior Designer who graduated with Honors at KLC School of Design, London and I am an Associate Member of BIID. I head Knight Design Interiors and initiated Knight Design Creates in 2021 adding a sustainable and educational element to the services we offer.

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Sofia Rojas

Sofia Rojas

I am currently the manager of the Art Place Pop-Up. I enjoy creating and curating exhibitions, supporting artists (especially young emerging ones) and event planning with a community based focus that is diverse and intersectional.

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Bucky Ringsell

Bucky Ringsell

I am a non-binary writer, artist, presenter, journalist, public speaker and LGBTQA+ educator. I also ran and owned Dark Side Comics for six wonderful years.

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Siobhan Taylor

Siobhan Taylor

I have qualifications in marketing (branding), Business & Finance. I am here to take your artistic career to the next level, whether it is producing content for magazines, advertising, websites or social media, or just working out a strategy. I am currently the...

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Jonathan Harvey Thomas

Jonathan Harvey Thomas

Welsh man living in Essex. I am the Head of The Art Department at Chelmsford County High School who is passionate for all things creative.

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Rob Lee

Rob Lee

Hi I'm Rob from Brand and Culture Videos. Professionally, I help organisations with video content solutions. This can can involve anything from producing high end videos to showcase an your successes all the way to training your ambassadors and staff to create video...

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Helen Claire Mariner

Helen Claire Mariner

Helen Mariner, a professional artist living in rural Essex, is delighted to accept commissions or sell work from her website. She regularly runs workshops and lessons in drawing and painting skills, including watercolour, silverpoint, pen and ink and acrylics. A...

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Nathalie Guinamard

Nathalie Guinamard

I am a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Chelmsford. I studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, and I still maintain a passion for figurative drawing.

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Helen Mariner

Helen Mariner

I am an artist living in Essex, offers workshops in drawing and painting skills, watercolour, silverpoint and pen and ink, plus tuition in drawing, silverpoint, watercolour and other art skills.

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Orit Sutton

Orit Sutton

We are a professional ballet company creating and touring shows for children and family audiences.
We tour widely to venues including schools, libraries, festivals and theatres.
Support connecting with schools would be greatly appreciated.

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Juliet Townsend

Juliet Townsend

I am a mural artist, specialising in designing and installing temporary window murals to celebrate, inform and entertain passers by. I enjoy adding public engagement sessions to my murals, giving the public encouragement and permission to thoughtfully add their own voice to pieces.

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Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

I’m an Affirmation Artist and facilitator. I use art as therapy and do sensitive, process-led work. Read Jessica's blog here.

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Niki Couldridge

Niki Couldridge

I run a digital accountancy practice in Chelmsford and work with alot of ‘creatives’ , mainly women. My passion is empowerment of individuals to be all that they can be. I am very much a part of the creative and cultural community as a participant as it fills my heart.

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Daniel Screen

Daniel Screen

Born in Cardiff, Wales, 1989. Lived in Essex since 1991 ​I am a broad artist and designer with art and design work that spans over a decade. I undertake drawings and paintings, and 3D computer design. ​My creativity stems from mainly working in 2D in Sharpie, Pen,...

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Maria Curtis

Maria Curtis

I love experimenting with various mediums and have found my love in collage and mixed media. The depth and texture really does add a dimension to my art. I am currently being able to exhibit my work at the artist gallery in the Meadows in Chelmsford.

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Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson

I started studio 808 in 2014 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. Studio 808 provides recording sessions, mixing & mastering service, a DJ practice room, a wide range of courses and an online radio station.

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Jake Peach

Jake Peach

Hello folks! I'm the presenter & producer of BBC Music Introducing In Essex, sharing and showcasing the best music the county has to offer. Within the role, I of course make radio shows but put on events / gigs along with the role and try and shout about the great...

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Chantelle Dyson

Chantelle Dyson

I’m Chantelle Dyson, AKA The Clever Content Creator, a social media coach that teaches small biz owners the ropes of Instagram, TikTok and Facebook. As a sound engineer, turned Maths teacher, to life coach and now Social Media coach, I’m a true mix of creativity and...

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Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey Thompson

I work as a SENco/ and a SEMH provision manager. I am also a local artist, you can see my work on my Instagram.

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Matt Barry

Matt Barry

I am the founding Director of Blue Serif creative agency. We have be going for 8 years and our clients range from Multi-nationals to small start ups and community projects. We have a strong work experience programme and aim to support the young local creative talent...

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Gareth Barton

Gareth Barton

I'm Gareth, the Creative Director of Spread. Spread is a working design studio that has recently opened its doors as an art gallery, showcasing and selling modern and contemporary works by emerging artists.

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Megan Crisp

Megan Crisp

Whilst always having a love for Drama, my passion for outreach work began when I trained in Community Drama at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating with first class hons and the Facilitation Award. A year later, I was training to teach secondary...

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Olanrewaju Ari-Ajia

Olanrewaju Ari-Ajia

I am a lover of books who also loves to pen down his own thoughts as well. I have three published texts - a full length play, a collection of three plays and a collection of indigenous poems.

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Jim Clark

Jim Clark

I’m a Fine Artist and Illustrator based in Great Baddow. My work is primarily abstract in acrylic paint on canvas, but I often combine this with collage, drawing, digital illustration and writing. My artistic practice is a perpetual adventure and journey of self-discovery that I never want to end. I’m looking to get more involved with the local creative community and make a name for myself on this exciting up and coming scene!

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Liam Gloster

Liam Gloster

Impious Spirit Productions hosts various monthly alternative music nights across the county of Essex. We currently host IGNITION and ROCKEOKE at Hotbox Live Events, on the Third Thursday and Sunday of the Month, respectively. IGNITION sees three original bands from...

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Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

I am an Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partner and have been involved as a volunteer and trustee in local charities and community groups for over 30 years, alongside my day to day work responsibilities.

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Nicola Osborne

Nicola Osborne

I am a mixed media painter interested in organic forms. I was an art teacher in secondary schools for twenty years. I have very recently finished as Artist in Residence at a secondary school, working alongside various age groups, delivering workshops. I have also...

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Mark Penfound

Mark Penfound

Graphic designer who has worked in book publishing for 20 years. Part time Painter who would love to be a full time painter. Always keen to chat about art and ideas with fellow creative thinkers.

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Lisa Warnock

Lisa Warnock

I’m a professional choreographer , movement and dance artist and a fully qualified dance teacher and education consultant .

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Alex Durham

Alex Durham

I'm a digital video producer by trade, having worked with some of the biggest (and smallest) brands in the world. More recently I've specialised in video game advertising. In my spare time I'm a musician, writer, painter, screen printer and all around mess maker. I...

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Denholm Ellis

Denholm Ellis

I work at Hot Box situated in the Viaducts under the arches. My role is to book events managing our busy calendar both inside and outside of the venue. I love bringing something different to the City and get plenty of international touring bands to play at the venue.

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Ian B. Wilson

Ian B. Wilson

I am an education consultant with a specialism in music. I am a conductor and composer (published by Kingfisher Music) for Commonwealth Music and some of my compositions are published by Forton Music.

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Hayley Wells

Hayley Wells

I am a Chelmsford-based illustrator with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art.

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Kayleigh Hall

Kayleigh Hall

I am the Events and Outreach Officer at Chelmsford Museum.
I run the Museums free and paid for events and am on the lookout for how to engage the community more in what we do at the Museum, as well as looking at how we can take the Museum out into the community!

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Katie Deverell

Katie Deverell

I love bringing people together to help make things happen and I am looking forward to exploring new collaborations and opportunities.

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Lisa Brazier

Lisa Brazier

Hi, I’m Lisa and I’m a Beach School Practitioner and run Beach School Explorers (Beach School is similar to Forest School but at the beach!). Beach School raises awareness about the local coastal and river environments and teaches children how they can help sustain it...

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Kenzie Blackheart

Kenzie Blackheart

We are a diverse collective of Drag Performers and Artists from all across the UK currently performing in Chelmsford, Essex

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Ethan Stewart

Ethan Stewart

I'm Ethan Stewart, or Emberhearted. A poet and writer based in Chelmsford. My pronouns are he/they and I'm a massive nerd, with a particular fondness for videogames, you can see my poetry (and my face), on my instagram. If you come to an Ignite social, you'll probably...

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Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills

I am a representational artist working in oils and with drawing mediums. My main focus is portraiture and landscapes (although I am open to painting and drawing most things). I create pieces for exhibitions, undertake commissions and also teach workshops. I...

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Jessica Beardsworth

Jessica Beardsworth

I am a marketing manager working in the construction industry, with a passion for design, branding and creative ideas to help businesses grow. My ADHD is my superpower and is what makes my brain work in the most creative way!

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Tracy Vine

Tracy Vine

I am a freelance creative photographer/designer mainly within the public realm, based in Chelmsford. I graduated with a Masters in Photography at the University of Essex. I experiment in many ways, using observations, experiences, illusion, the unusual, and making use...

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Steve Mortimer

Steve Mortimer

Mixed media artists exploring mental health. Previous work includes Connect - a creative response to climate change.

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Megan Rose Neko

Megan Rose Neko

I am a textile artist, craft workshop facilitator, illustrator & one half of S&B Colchester. I graduated from Colchester School of Art in 2010 and I have almost 10 years experience delivering craft workshops as part of S&B Colchester across North Essex. I...

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Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

DJ, musician, promoter. Managing director of Blicken Synths Ltd, Director Of Programming at Resonance HQ CIC, co-founder of Chelmsford Underground, founder of Night Comms

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Michelle Durant

Michelle Durant

I am part of Chelmsford Community Radio CIC – a vibrant not for profit radio station which broadcasts to the Chelmsford area on 104.4 FM as well as online and on app.

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Georgia Farrell

Georgia Farrell

I’m a designer working predominantly in the hand knitting industry. I create architecturally inspired designs for hand knitting and work with yarn companies and publishers to create modern knitting patterns and books that are sold worldwide.

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Jimmy

Jimmy

I’m a surreal artist(non professional). I have been painting/drawing for over 40 years now. I would like to get more involved in activities in Chelmsford

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Jeffery Wilson

Jeffery Wilson

I am a passionate educator and performer working in many musical environments. As director of ‘Environ Music’ the music and education company, I have for thirty five years curated concerts (particularly at Chelmsford’s Cramphorn Theatre), learning initiatives and...

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Jan Cadman

Jan Cadman

I am a Mixed Media & Glass Collage Artist; I work as a counsellor & Clinical Supervisor and have an MA in Health & the Arts.

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Paul Dupree

Paul Dupree

I’m a presenter and producer at Chelmsford Community Radio. Part of my remit for the shows I present is to champion new music in the area, by encouraging artists to appear and perform on the show…

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Elodie Chousmer-Howelles

Elodie Chousmer-Howelles

I am a professional freelance violinist living in Chelmsford. I work as a classical concert violinist, soloist, ensemble musician, session musician and recording artist for a variety of musicians across the classical, jazz and pop genres. Artistes I’ve collaborated...

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Lily Streames

Lily Streames

Lily is the Director and Founder of Essex Film Collective which is a network of professionals working across the TV and Film industry that are based in Essex.
Lily is also an Actor, writer and freelance producer.

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Moses Maingi Mutiso

Moses Maingi Mutiso

Moses Mutiso a graduate of Sarakasi Dance & Circus school in Kenya. As a choreographer Moses Fuses Live music with dance, circus and African djembe drums bringing the full authentic & thrilling African show. Immerse yourself in the African rhythms with...

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Nikki Wilson

Nikki Wilson

I am a facilitator and strategy advisor supporting projects building a future based on participation, collective action and creativity. I’m an avid promoter of lifelong and peer-based learning and love to help people make good things happen. I’m constantly inspired by the people I meet through Ignite and their energy, talent and ideas.

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Adrian Deakes

Adrian Deakes

I am currently Outreach Project Coordinator for the Ideas Hub, Chelmsford. I previously worked in three large local schools before becoming Education Manager of the V&A Museum’s Theatre Museum in Covent Garden for six years.

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Leila Balin

Leila Balin

I am a creative photographer based in Chelmsford. I am currently working on a couple of personal projects but am always happy to explore collaboration or to offer my photography services.

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Marc Miller

Marc Miller

I’m the Evening & Night Time Economy Manager for Chelmsford’s Business Improvement District, Chelmsford For You. I’m also one of the BID’s Events Managers, responsible for co-curating and delivering various sized city centre based events including Concrete Canvas,...

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Michelle Passfield

Michelle Passfield

I run my own marketing business 'with Michelle' and participate in creative and cultural activities and events throughout Southend-on-Sea, including with Metal Arts. I am a member of the Focal Point Gallery Advisory Group.

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Christian Mann

Christian Mann

I work as Community Engagement Coordinator for InterAct, an Essex based charity that provides short break, clubs and activities for young people with SEND. I’m intrigued about how we could involve the young people that use our services within the LCEP sphere.

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Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts

Professionally a Design Director specialising in Packaging and brands for the last 18 years. Originally from Staffordshire, I studied Graphic Design BA (Hons) at Norwich School of Art & Design (Now NUAC) before moving to London in 2003 to pursue a career in the Design Industry.

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Lucian Tanasa

Lucian Tanasa

My name is Lucian Tanasa, I am from Romania and have lived in the UK for 3 years. I have previously run children’s TV and media Projects.

Since moving to Chelmsford I have started to set up a CLUB4 “parents with children & children with parents over 50” called “BalloonLAND – Partyuk”

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Jack Hawes

Jack Hawes

Recent Masters Graduate in Creative Enterprises (with a focus on filmmaking), looking to get a start within the creative industries. I'm interested in many aspects of the industry and see it as a career goal to work within any part of it.

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Tom Bartlett

Tom Bartlett

I am a graphic design graduate not currently working in the industry but still have a passion for design. I love creating sketchbooks and am into illustration, graffiti, street art and 80s and 90s hip hop culture. I have always been interested in the idea of using art...

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Jon Hughes

Jon Hughes

I am an Arts Director at Hot Box Live CIC with over 6 years experience in Event, Venue Management and 8 years in Live sound experience. I am responsible for the day to day running of HOT BOX putting on Live Events nearly every night of the week and running courses...

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Florence Chan

Florence Chan

With over a decade of international experience, I am an advocate and campaigner for sustainability and equality to create a fairer environment for children. My commitment to community engagement has led me to develop strategic plans for advocacy initiatives and...

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Jai Holloway

Jai Holloway

I am a software engineer, but am passionate about my creative side. I have a portfolio that I am busy working on. I am still a novice at techniques, but I can draw. I am not that good yet, but with practice and some tips I will definitely improve. I used to be pretty...

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Orlando Jopling

Orlando Jopling

I am artistic director of Wild Arts, which produces the Roman River Festival, the Essex Summer Opera Festival, and an annual 30-venue summer tour of miniature operas.

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Helen Quigley

Helen Quigley

I'm a freelance Audio Producer covering many aspects of sound, including 20 years as a Voiceover Artist, mostly working from my purpose-built studio. Other work includes audio mastering, dialogue editing, promo and podcast production and as an audio drama producer for...

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Rebecca Wasteney

Rebecca Wasteney

I am a community musician working around Essex. I work with a range of ages from babies to the elderly, delivering various projects, workshops and individual sessions. Supporting people with special educational needs, learning disabilities, mental health, Alzheimers,...

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Elspeth Manders

Elspeth Manders

Fine artist, specialising in oil painting and murals. Interested in commissions and community art initiatives. Experience working collaboratively and independently on projects.

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Kate Austen

Kate Austen

Kate Austen is an writer, actor and mother from Essex. She has been working in the industry for over ten years and has been fortunate enough to have worked in theatre, film, and TV. Her first play was commissioned by the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. She is currently on...

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Leanne Johnson

Leanne Johnson

I founded The Chelmsford Drama Centre in 2017. After working as a professional actor and teaching for performing arts companies across Essex and London, I felt that there was no company or theatre school that catered purely for students interested in only acting. It was also a deep passion of mine to make sure students were always treated with respect and kindness by teachers and fellow students.

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Sangita Mittra

Sangita Mittra

I am a local resident, business owner and founder member of New Generation Development Agency –currently run by young people with a primary objective to support young people of colour, who experience barriers to integration, safety, achievement, and racism. Current...

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Lynn Excell

Lynn Excell

I am a qualified F.E teacher and visual artist that also crafts, writes and takes photos. I am founder member and admin of Chelmsford Creative Collective, and have been part of the Ignite community since it started.

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Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter

I’m a digital artist and photographer who has lived in Chelmsford for 20 years. My wife is also an artist. I’m self taught in traditional/digital art, photography, web design, graphic design and IT. Chelmsford is a vibrant cultural city so I would love to connect with...

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Martin Wilderspin Lovell

Martin Wilderspin Lovell

I am a talented photographer, videographer and voiceover artist. I have been behind the lens for over 3 years, specialising in event and portraiture photography. I have also been an actor for 10 years, involved in local theatre and volunteer filming. Clients include...

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Jim Crozier

Jim Crozier

I am the co-owner of Counter Culture Games, Chelmsford’s Friendly Local Game Shop, and I am passionate about promoting the hobby of tabletop gaming and its many social and mental health benefits.

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Victoria Griffiths

Victoria Griffiths

You’re a bold business owner, I’m your sidekick in market domination.

Hi, I’m Victoria, Brand Strategist, Storyteller and Outsourced Marketer.

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Amie Wigginton

Amie Wigginton

I am the Founder of Parlour Catering and local resident to Chelmsford. I was born and raised here, moved away to live in London for 10 years and came back after my daughter was born in 2018. Parlour is focussed on being a traditional-style Indian kitchen providing...

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Sian Fan

Sian Fan

I am an award winning interdisciplinary artist working between Essex and London where I am artist in residence at Somerset House Studios. From 2021-22 I was the Digital Wonderlands artist in residence at the V&A Museum. I am also alumna of Alexander McQueen’s...

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Georgie Davis (Subliminal)

Georgie Davis (Subliminal)

I started off as an artist solo when I was young but through lack of opportunity I put my talents, skills and knowledge for my music on a shelf and got to work. Over the years I invested into myself to go to music events but most expenses was back n forth travel to...

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Ashley Neuman

Ashley Neuman

I have lived in Chelmsford for several years and am always looking to further engage with the community. My full time work is in events management, governance, and membership schemes at Tate in London, and I am also a casual Duty Manager at Chelmsford Museum. I’m...

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Rachana Vaja

Rachana Vaja

I joined Chelmsford’s Cultural Education Partnership as programme manager in March 2022. My background stems from community arts and I spent the last 10 years teaching secondary art and design as well as leading cultural arts in schools.

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Nicola Dakin

Nicola Dakin

I am the owner and creator of Fifibells Gifts, which specialises in handmade scented gifts, primarily candles. Alongside Fifibells I am CEO of Art & Sip, a local art events company based in Chelmsford that offers workshops in acrylic painting, candle making, art...

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Gary Clark

Gary Clark

A 56 year old male who is currently living in the center of the City overlooking the Canal and River. Never had a creative bone (thats me saying that) in my body.... but I have been designing labels and signs for years. Our business closed down a couple of years ago...

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Marina Tripaldi

Marina Tripaldi

I am a humanitarian worker, passionate about social works, arts, music and dance. I speak 4 languages and I would like to support local groups to promote inclusion & diversity in Chelmsford

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Jennifer Flint

Jennifer Flint

I am a local freelance community artist and owner of Original Creative Work. I studied illustration at the Universities of Lincoln and Westminster. My work mostly takes the form of limited edition prints and bespoke commissions although I also paint murals (including...

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Candy Joyce

Candy Joyce

Not bad at art. Not good at bios.I am a freelance designer and illustrator under the name Flipping Zombies.I was the curator at Window Gallery.I am the founder of Chelmsford Creative Collective.I am currently project manager for Concrete Canvas, Chelmsford’s first street art festival.

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Simon Barden

Simon Barden

Hi guys, im Simon aka Bardenarts. I have had a keen interest in cartoon and gaming art for many years and decided a few years ago after many inspirations to pick up the clay and never looked back. I sculpt, mould, cast and paint all kinds of crazy things feel free to...

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Amy Knight

Amy Knight

I am a Science Teacher and STEM Co-ordinator in an Essex secondary. ​Alongside this, I regularly engage in various community projects through my position in the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society whereby we link education, public and local authority to promote STEM.

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Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes

I set up and ran Sing Out Loud, a community singing group for unsure and beginner singers in Chelmsford and Colchester, from 2008-2019.

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Nick Hearne

Nick Hearne

Heavy metal man-dog that once sent a tandoori lamb chop into space. I come up with silly ideas professionally – Two were featured on Have I Got News For You, which is the double apogee of my career. As part of the band Slay Duggee I help kids get into live music with daytime metal shows – they love it.

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Ben Stanbury

Ben Stanbury

I’m a graphic designer and run my agency Prosper, which specialises in naming and brand identity design for professional service firms. I grew up and lived around Chelmsford and I’ve been involved with creating artwork and designs for the festival scene in the city for several years.

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Naomi Briffett

Naomi Briffett

I am Site Director at Patch, a new work club and cultural venue in Grays Yard. Our space, transformed from the historic Gray & Sons Brewery, is a hub of cultural activity in the heart of Chelmsford’s city centre. Patch is home to a dynamic community of freelancers, organisations and businesses and they offer a range of memberships to suit different working rhythms from flexible co-working to fully serviced private offices.

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Andrew Fergus

Andrew Fergus

I am a photographic artist with an interest in alternative landscape and conceptual photography. I was recommended this group by another member and am keen to network alongside other creatives

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J. Patel

J. Patel

I am a poet, comedian, rapper, mc, podcaster, host, actor and mental health and mindfulness coach. I'd love to publish my book, focused on spiritual/inner wellbeing, and also a poetry/rap lyrics/creative arts book; being atypical, neurodivergent, having lived...

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Roxanne Carney

Roxanne Carney

I’m an Essex born and bred Producer and Performer working across Live Art & Contemporary Theatre in the independent theatre sector.

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Anna-Louise McMinn

Anna-Louise McMinn

I am a professional dancer, dance teacher and personal trainer who strongly advocates dance for any body and everybody.

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Iona Hodgson

Iona Hodgson

As a producer and director of Art Eat Events, I have been delivering community and participatory arts projects and events for the past 5 years in the Eastern region. I am based in North Essex and would love to develop murals and urban art projects with the community...

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Lucy Roe

Lucy Roe

I run bridal wear brand Lucy Can’t Dance. We hand make wedding dresses for non traditional brides in our studio in Chelmsford. We are all about body positivity and helping every bride feel like the best version of themselves.

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Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond

I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator & printmaker based in Chelmsford. I've previously worked in London in graphics & lectured at colleges. Currently consulting for the agency Salt Design & working on a print & illustration collaborations...

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Colin D Tebb

Colin D Tebb

Chairman of Essex HMVA a registered charity dedicated to the preservation of the Essex military/historic heritage with a showcase event Echoes Of History held locally, we produce a magazine and newsletters with articles relating to  Essex heritage.

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Amber Nyoni

Amber Nyoni

I am a public health practitioner working for Chelmsford City Council supporting the Local Authority’s approach to public health. Over the last 4 years I have been involved in a wide variety of projects supporting the development and delivery of the City Council’s district-wide Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

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Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

Having been appointed Museums Manager at Chelmsford Museum permanently in April 2022; it is already clear to me that we have an amazingly diverse range of creatives within Chelmsford who have an appetite to showcase the City as a cultural hub for Essex and beyond.

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Paul Mclean

Paul Mclean

I wear many hats! The hat in my profilce picture is by far the worst one!
Work wise I run a web design company called Chelmer Web Design and also run the Moulsham Times magazine and co-run the CIty Times too. Volunteer wise I present a 90s show on CCR every Thursday and am a committee member for Chelmsford Civic Society which runs Heritage Open Days each year and organises talks on all things history!

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Claire Gevaux

Claire Gevaux

I’m an independent consultant working across the arts to help and empower artists and arts organisations grow. I’m currently interim Executive Director for Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust (Culture Chelmsford) and a strategic advisor to a City of Culture bid team.

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Jo Nancarrow

Jo Nancarrow

An artist and arts freelancer working in Essex, with a special interest in contemporary art, diversity and arts marketing. Currently working at Essex Cultural Diversity Project.

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Mark Walmsley

Mark Walmsley

Hello, I'm Mark Walmsley, the founder of the Arts and Culture Network, a growing global community of over 90,000 professionals and enthusiasts. In these times of heightened anxiety, our members all around the world are holding on to the important role the arts play in...

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Heather Davis

Heather Davis

I am the Curriculum Team Leader for Performing Arts at The Sandon School Chelmsford and am also proud to be a member of the LCEP Steering Group representing education. At The Sandon School, I manage the dance, drama, film and music departments.

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Lucy Rumble

Lucy Rumble

Hi, I'm Lucy, a 23-year-old writer from Chelmsford. My short stories and poems have appeared in over 50 literary journals and anthologies, and I'm currently hard at work on the first draft of my novel. I've also recently started a Substack blog, where I share writing...

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Paul Richard

Paul Richard

I am the Technical and Building Manager at Chelmsford Theatre. I love supporting and empowering others to do give their best as well as fixing things when they go wrong. I take pride in creating environments and experiences that make people feel comfortable and at...

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Sam Maslanka

Sam Maslanka

I am a contemporary street artist from Essex called vandal, I work with a lot of colour!

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Rachel Moss

Rachel Moss

ARU public engagement are keen to promote and support education, exchange knowledge, provide resources for the wider community and be good neighbours.

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Jemma McDonnell

Jemma McDonnell

I am a co-founder and co-director of The Paper Birds Theatre Company. We make devised theatre and are know for our use of verbatim. We make work that if often political

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Tony Morrison

Tony Morrison

Manchester lad with over 25 years experience as freelance Creative Producer. Along with delivering projects across a range of art forms, including Music, Dance & Visual Arts, I am also Co-founder & Creative Director of Chelmsford Festival, Co-Director of The Hermit Club and Co-founder & Director of The Essex Music Development Agency

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Mark Butterworth

Mark Butterworth

I am a writer living in Chelmsford and recently completed my first novel, The Pearl River, set to be published in February 2023. I have previously published two business books and currently working on a third. I am also working on a sequel to The Pearl River.

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Mary Davies

Mary Davies

I am a movement director, facilitator and choreographer and work with a range of abilities. I particularly enjoy collaborating and producing work with community participants and am presently researching how best to translate dance and movement from a live context to film.

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Lily Browne

Lily Browne

Hi, I run a small and local crochet business - I give weekly group lessons and frequently sell my own creations at market stalls. My students have told me how much the lessons have improved their mental wellbeing and how they love to be creative, they have also...

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Chris Griffin

Chris Griffin

We are community cosplay group attending all events carnivals, family fundays and corporate events mainly in aid of charities.

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Clare Chandler

Clare Chandler

I am a keen crafter wanting to try everything at least the once. A keen sewer, knitter, crochet….love to help others have a go and share the love of creativity

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Jack Duncton

Jack Duncton

My name is Jack, I'm 24 and currently located in Colchester. Between 2014 - 2017 I did three years of Media Studies and have fallen in love with Video Editing. Over the last few years, I haven't had much to work on but I am thinking of becoming a freelancer and...

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Matt Love

Matt Love

I Moved to Chelmsford 12 years ago from East London. I'd describe myself as a DJ/ Electronic music tinkerer. I was the Event Manager at The Ideas Hub from 2013 - 2014. I was able to put ion quite a few gigs for local bands and raise money for the Ideas hub. Looking...

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Georgia Hines

Georgia Hines

I am the financial controller of MLF who are a art collective specialising in immersive art. I am interested in building my network of creative professionals and learning about the skills others may have to offer for us at MLF.

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Ben Collinson

Ben Collinson

I have loved DJing from a young age. I love all genres of music and have my own collection of vinyls. I live in Chelmsford and have lived in Chelmsford my whole life. After leaving school after my GCSEs I attended Colchester Institute working on my other other main passion – filming.

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David Chapman

David Chapman

Founder of Thumb Soldiers - Taking thumb stick game control to the next level! Thumb Soldiers are for your thumbs, like sneaks are for your feets! Prior to this, I've worked as a creative for as long as I can remember. Many years designing retail displays, retail...

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Helen Girling

Helen Girling

Helen Girling is an expressionist figurative artist who studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art, exhibiting locally and in London. Her background in fashion is given expression in her work providing it with a contemporary illustrative effect as well as...

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Dean Vale

Dean Vale

I am the Creative Director and founder of local full service creative agency, DV8 Creative Solutions (started in 2009). I am passionate about creative design and brand marketing, music, arts and culture in the community. Having relocated from North London a few years...

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Diana Mayo

Diana Mayo

I am a freelance illustrator living and working in Chelmsford. I work mostly within children's publishing, creating books for both the UK and US markets. I also sell Giclee prints of my illustration work and enjoy working on local community art projects. I would enjoy...

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Indigo Moon

Indigo Moon

I'm a freelance writer and artist who specialises in creative activism. My work focuses on themes from queer pedagogy, environmental justice, nature, neurodiversity, mental health, and feminism to minimalism, intentional living, introversion and witchcraft. I'm...

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Joanne Ooi

Joanne Ooi

I’m the founder of EA Festival and EA Sustain, respectively, a general interest ideas festival and a festival about Culture and Environment.

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Samantha Humphreys

Samantha Humphreys

Born in Liverpool, England, I am a Senior Lecturer at Writtle University College, Essex on the BA (Hons) Art and the Environment course. 

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Peter Blackman

Peter Blackman

Chair of South Woodham Ferrers Health & Social Care Group and a member of Livewell Chelmsford. I am involved in the development of the Cultural Strategy for Chelmsford, particularly to encompass the Town of South Woodham Ferrers and all the rural parts outside the...

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Liam Rich

Liam Rich

I'm an event producer and arts project manager. I enjoy exploring ideas and determining how best to make any absurd vision a practical reality – by understanding the wishes of the people involved, identifying the resources required and bringing the elements together...

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Hilary Collins

Hilary Collins

I'm the founder of award-winning PR and marketing agency, Big Wave PR. Specialising in consumer and lifestyle plus public sector campaigns. Clients have included: Chelmsford City Council, Chelmsford Museum, Fling Festival and Popeyes.

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Amelia Clapham

Amelia Clapham

I am a music therapist and founder of Ace Music Therapy CIC. I am passionate about the power of music therapy to transform lives and am always up for spreading the word about the benefits of music therapy!
Always looking for new partnerships and new opportunities to showcase the power of music therapy.

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Monique Van der Poll

Monique Van der Poll

Hi, I am Monique Van der Poll, co-founder of Van der Poll White Design. I am a Commercial Interior Designer with an invested interest in sustainability. Social awareness is embedded into our company ethos and we aim to create inspirational spaces to not only be in but...

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Jordan Barzoukas

Jordan Barzoukas

I am the Curriculum Area Manager for all Creative courses at Chelmsford college. I am passionate about the creative education for young people in Chelmsford and hope to ensure that they know a career is possible! I have setup an in house studio at the college to allow...

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Ian Flavill

Ian Flavill

I am a musician and live music promoter and want to ensure live music has sufficient support across multiple venues and across all genres in the City that is the Home of Radio.  

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Jayne Lloyd

Jayne Lloyd

I am a photographer based in Colchester, previously from Chelmsford. I specialise in working with creatives and my clients include Firstsite, The Goldsmiths' Company, The Charles Dickens Museum and Historic Royal Palaces. Prior to going freelance I worked at The...

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Josh Heather

Josh Heather

I’m an Architectural Designer and run my practice Hearth Design Studio with a goal to someday work on community led projects. I’ve recently been trying to start up the Chelmsford Community Land Trust, a self-build affordable housing project in the City.

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Lora Aziz

Lora Aziz

I am an artist, wildcrafter and general busybody. My creative practice reimagines contemporary cross-cultural relationships with land and nature through wildcrafting, community herbalism, and visual ethnobotany. I am co-founder of creative nature based company Wyrd...

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Shane Ibbs

Shane Ibbs

I am a professionally trained Oral Storyteller with International experience in, Morocco, Holland, Northern Ireland and Canada. Most of my work is in the UK, part of my work is at Festivals, such as; the Cambridge Folk Festival, ‘Kenya in The Park’ (largest festival...

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David Whitehead

David Whitehead

I am the (elected) head of the town twinning association in Backnang dealing with Chelmsford (I grew up in Chelmsford!). I am very keen to push any links between the two communities forward as each has a lot to offer the other. By trade, I’m a freelance translator, but am also head of the foundation governors of the local primary school and maintain excellent connections to the administrations at both ends, to the local schools, church, youth organisations, etc.

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Claire Naylor

Claire Naylor

I'm a lifestyle photographer of people and places. I love meeting new people and finding out about their work or business and what makes them tick. I want this to be reflected in my photographs, creating images that are authentic and natural.

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Ines Jordao

Ines Jordao

I'm a current art place volunteer, work with children and I'm passionate about bringing art to all ages 

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Paul Childs

Paul Childs

Based in Chelmsford I am a freelance artist – I have previously displayed and sold work at The Art Place and at local events. My online website and portfolio can be found at: https://paulchildsartist.com/ My other creative skill is close-up magic – I perform at events...

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Lauren Cason

Lauren Cason

I've recently moved from Western North Carolina to Essex with my husband, A.T. and the two of us form the music duo, Songs of the Folk. I handle the duo's networking, booking, and management, as well as being a musical part of the team. I am also an avid knitter and...

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Mike McDonnell

Mike McDonnell

I'm freelance web designer and digital marketer in Chelmsford, Essex. I setup Glide Marketing in December '22. Beyond my digital work, I'm passionate about giving back to the community by volunteering with the NHS psychosis early intervention team, where I participate...

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Simon Hadassi

Simon Hadassi

I am the Founder of IRL Studio, a Billericay based Visual Identity Studio. We specialise in creating professional, crafted, and original Visual Brand Identities with fixed and clear pricing. I have a background in the Advertising Design industry, leading campaigns for...

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Tillie Peel

Tillie Peel

I am the founder of The Pop-Up Club, we run pop-up shops, events and markets around Essex and the U.K.

I love learning, and the growth through trial and error. I have knowledge around event management, business, marketing and retail.

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Sade Fadipe

Sade Fadipe

I’ve been a Published Children’s Author since 2016. My first book was written while working as a Reading Advocate, during a period of sojourning

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Chester Tribley

Chester Tribley

Chester is a London based composer and musician who specialises in film music and music for media. Writing for all genres he works with both orchestral and electronic music often blending the two, creating compositions with an eclectic palette. Chester is studying a...

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Matilda Obasek

Matilda Obasek

I’ m an Author and influencer. Passionate about empowerment young adults from all ethnicity. I do have an online platform called Changing the Narratives

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Chloe Stearman

Chloe Stearman

Hello, my name is Chloe. I am a photographer based in Chelmsford, Essex. After achieving my degree in BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Suffolk, I continue to make work surrounding my interests of sociological, psychological and nature based topics.

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Luis Chaves Lopes

Luis Chaves Lopes

I am the Director of the Chelmsford Fringe Festival. With a passion for supporting and promoting artists, creatives and everyone working in the performing arts- on stage and backstage, working with and supporting the community.

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Nick Garner

Nick Garner

I am a musician, promoter, co publisher of the City Times. I am an ideas person and doer. I started the Chelmsford Festival and been involved in music for 50 years. I was a fundraising manager for two charities. Now at 68 I can’t stop I have ideas I put on and play music and publish the City Times with Paul.I love this place Chelmsford and just want to make it great.

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Faiza Mughal

Faiza Mughal

I have volunteered in Chelmsford and Ilford helping the community. Collected 60 bicycles locally and delivered for the Afghan families in Chelmsford. Volunteered with Ideas Hub helping out with Afghan families enrolling children into schools. Helping out Chelmsford...

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Lynne Foster

Lynne Foster

I am Chair of the Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership and a trustee of Chelmsford CVS and Keene Homes a local almshouse.

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Tracy Wise

Tracy Wise

I am an award winning storytelling magician weaving together stories of history and myster to create unique, interactive shows, workshops and talks. As an experienced speaker and published author I aim to use mystery and magic to bring history back to life.

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Marc De’ath

Marc De’ath

I am Cultural Services Manager at Chelmsford City Council, responsible for Museums, Theatres, Events and Cultural Partnerships. I am passionate about ideas, collaboration, creativity, sustainability and social justice.

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Chris Nials

Chris Nials

Crossroad Pictures is a independent film production company that specialises in character-driven genre films that ask topical and on-trend questions about the world around us. Our films are specifically produced to not be the usual 'schlocky' films that are often...

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Paul Press

Paul Press

I'm Chief Executive for The Offshoot Foundation, a Sudbury-based charity that provides filmmaking activities for young people. We work all across East Anglia running free filmmaking workshops. Over 40 of our ex-students now work in the Film/TV/Games industry and come...

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Lynne Blackburn

Lynne Blackburn

I am an artist / printmaker and, along with my partner Ian Bailey, I own and run both Hippo Screenprinters and Essex Print Studio from our studios in Margaretting. We create screen print editions for artists, art galleries, publishers and designers and we also have 6...

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Oladotun Aminu

Oladotun Aminu

I started out in photography many moons ago and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity it creates for meeting people. Each photo shoot presents many different challenges which I see as avenues to get creative and provide the best for my clients. I love to travel, read, golf...

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Scott Doyle

Scott Doyle

New tattooist to the area. Looking to meet people and talk about all things art from all perspectives.

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Councillor Natacha Dudley

Councillor Natacha Dudley

I am a Liberal Democrat member of Chelmsford City Council, Deputy for Community Engagement and I have lived in Chelmsford for twenty years.

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Megan Juniper

Megan Juniper

Hi my name is Megan ‘Meggie’ Juniper and I am a creative practitioner and performer. I’m an artistic specialist on all aspects of stage and screen; I write, compose, perform, direct, teach and produce musical theatre, cabaret and children's shows in three different...

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Julie Green

Julie Green

Graphic designer turned magazine publisher, I publish 3 editions of a community magazine, delivered bi-monthly to households and businesses in Essex villages. I am committed to trying to let as many people as possible aware of what's going on culturally in our region....

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Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

I’m a great drinker of tea. In my spare time I work with the community and workmates on putting on killer events in our Venue and various locations throughout Chelmsford and occasionally wider afield.

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