Cathy is a curator and producer with 15 years of experience in delivering socially engaged artworks and performances in unexpected places: underground stations; forests; historic castles; rooftops overlooking the Thames.
Cathy began her career at the Historic Royal Palaces, before working for Art on the Underground, Southbank Centre, Bloomsbury Festival and Forestry Commission England.
In 2010, Cathy was selected as one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Creative Industries after a series of daring and experimental public works including an inflatable igloo cinema for the Royal Festival Hall and a miniature favela made from 4,000 hand painted bricks. She then went on to lead the Southall Story and Festival of Britain Museum, two immersive exhibitions that brought the untold histories of diverse communities to the fore. Other career highlights include the iconic giant straw sculpture Urban Fox, Black Pig Lodge by Heather and Ivan Morrison, and more recently a series of major new artworks including Yasasin by Pomona Zipser and Sentient Forest by Andrea Roe installed in 2016 at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
Manda has worked in the cultural sector for 18 years working with artists and communities to produce creative projects which combine her enthusiasm for heritage and the arts.
She started her career at Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, programming heritage and craft-based exhibitions and events. In 2005, Manda moved to Worcestershire to become Arts Development Officer for Malvern Hills District Council. Whilst there, she worked closely with local people, organisations and was involved in supporting and managing projects such as; Shindig, Worcestershire Arts Partnership, Route to the Hills and festivals including Tenbury Mistletoe Festival and Upton Jazz Festival.
In 2011, Manda became self-employed, offering project management, fundraising and financial support for; arts, heritage and community organisations. From 2013 – 2016 she was Assistant Director for Shropshire-based arts company, Meadow Arts.
As well as continuing her work as an independent arts producer, Manda is one of the Founder Directors for Equal Vision CIC, a new company which creates innovative creative programmes designed to inspire people and change lives.
Beth Whalley is a PhD researcher in the English and Geography departments at King’s College London. Funded by the Richard Trainor Scholarship and the Canal & River Trust, her research focuses on representations of waterways in Old English literature and explores how contemporary arts practice can bring new life to lost stories and abandoned spaces in the past and present. She will be exploring how forgotten premodern histories continue to shape the identities of Worcester and Droitwich's communities and landscapes in the present day. Previously, Beth worked in marketing and communications for an academic book publisher and a vocal education charity.
Programming and Social Media Manager
Rebecca Farkas has worked for arts organisations for a number of years in marketing, public engagement and project management. She has a passion for helping to bring the arts to rural counties in the West Midlands, particularly enjoying meeting the artists who work on projects and the excitement of working on live events.
Rebecca is also an artist, transforming spaces using photography and video projections. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Hereford College of Arts, as a mature student, in 2010. She grew up in the circus and, before settling down in Hereford twelve years ago, was at different times a performer, box office manager and press assistant for a number of touring circuses in the UK and Europe, including Circus Roncalli in Germany and British tours of the Chinese State Circus and the Moscow State Circus.
Cat has been working in the music and events industry for the past 10 years, and is currently based in Bristol. She is a full time agent for international music booking agency Diplomats Of Sound, co-ordinating and managing the tours of bands and DJs worldwide.
Outside of her work as a booking agent, Cat undertakes event management roles for festivals such as Boomtown Fair and Nozstock: The Hidden Valley. She has also managed artists, and has spent a lot of time on the road as a tour manager.
After spending three years as a community youth worker in Worcestershire & Herefordshire, Cat became a Community Led Planning Officer for Children and Young people for Herefordshire Council for a further two years. Throughout this time, she developed a passion for events and the music industry, establishing her own club night and small festival based in Herefordshire. She then worked for The Globe in Hay On Wye and co-ordinated and programmed the Hayfayre festival, before moving to Bristol.
Social Media Manager
Helen Creese is a freelance Social Media Manager, specialising in the arts, culture and lifestyle sectors. With a passion for stories, Helen uses digital platforms to spread the good word about projects such as The Ring. Originally from Worcestershire, Helen worked as a TV producer in London before relocating to Herefordshire in 2007. Away from the screen, Helen loves the great outdoors and is partial to a spot of tree-climbing...