ZACHARY EASTWOOD-BLOOM artist, designer, maker, sculptor AND CO-FOUNDING MEMBER OF STUDIO MANIFOLD Zachary Eastwood-Bloom is an artist, designer, maker, sculptor whose work often explores the increasingly blurring relationship between materiality and digitisation. Zachary graduated with a BA Hons from Edinburgh College of Art before going to complete a MA at the Royal College of Art in London in 2010.   After initially studying Ceramics, Zachary began to explore digital modelling software and digital making processes such as 3D printing in relation to traditional materials and making processes. This has led to a fascination in a notion of one’s place both in terms of space and environment, and time and history, explored through sculpture, drawing, video and sound. Zachary has exhibited with the V&A Museum and The Royal Academy of Art and was recently awarded the Jerwood Makers Award 2015. Currently, Zachary is the Pangolin Bronze Foundry artist in residence and is working toward a major solo show in 2017. In 2010, Zachary co-founded Studio Manifold; a collective of nine artists and designers who founded a studio in an east London railway arch, brought together by a shared enjoyment of material and process.  The members' individual activities include sculpture, installation, digital art, process-driven product design, drawing, research, teaching, collaborative projects and progressive approaches to age-old ways of making.

ZACHARY EASTWOOD-BLOOM

artist, designer, maker, sculptor AND CO-FOUNDING MEMBER OF STUDIO MANIFOLD

Zachary Eastwood-Bloom is an artist, designer, maker, sculptor whose work often explores the increasingly blurring relationship between materiality and digitisation. Zachary graduated with a BA Hons from Edinburgh College of Art before going to complete a MA at the Royal College of Art in London in 2010.  

After initially studying Ceramics, Zachary began to explore digital modelling software and digital making processes such as 3D printing in relation to traditional materials and making processes. This has led to a fascination in a notion of one’s place both in terms of space and environment, and time and history, explored through sculpture, drawing, video and sound.

Zachary has exhibited with the V&A Museum and The Royal Academy of Art and was recently awarded the Jerwood Makers Award 2015. Currently, Zachary is the Pangolin Bronze Foundry artist in residence and is working toward a major solo show in 2017.

In 2010, Zachary co-founded Studio Manifold; a collective of nine artists and designers who founded a studio in an east London railway arch, brought together by a shared enjoyment of material and process.  The members' individual activities include sculpture, installation, digital art, process-driven product design, drawing, research, teaching, collaborative projects and progressive approaches to age-old ways of making.

MANDY PAYNE ARTIST Mandy Payne is a painter / printmaker based in Sheffield. Her work is inspired by landscape, particularly the urban and edgeland areas close to where she lives.  Working with a range of materials with a physical connection to the subject matter of her work, recent explorations have utilised spray paint and concrete to investigate Park Hill, the Brutalist housing estate in Sheffield. For these pieces she has mixed concrete both into her paint and also created concrete canvases to paint on directly, the spray paint referencing the graffiti of the estate.   Having transferred invaluable material knowledge and skills from her former life as a dentist, Mandy's experimental and confident command of materials combined with conceptual rigour has caught the eye of a number of prestigious art prize selection panels including: The John Moores Painting Prize, The Contemporary British Painting Prize and The Threadneedle Prize. Her work is held in both public and private collections including The Newlight Art Collection, The Priseman -Seabrook Collection and The Ruskin Collection. (Mandy's work was acquired by The Guild of St George following her selection as runner up for the 2nd John Ruskin Prize in 2014).  Mandy is currently undertaking a 2 year Fellowship in Stone Lithography at Leicester Print Workshop. 

MANDY PAYNE

ARTIST

Mandy Payne is a painter / printmaker based in Sheffield. Her work is inspired by landscape, particularly the urban and edgeland areas close to where she lives. 

Working with a range of materials with a physical connection to the subject matter of her work, recent explorations have utilised spray paint and concrete to investigate Park Hill, the Brutalist housing estate in Sheffield. For these pieces she has mixed concrete both into her paint and also created concrete canvases to paint on directly, the spray paint referencing the graffiti of the estate.  

Having transferred invaluable material knowledge and skills from her former life as a dentist, Mandy's experimental and confident command of materials combined with conceptual rigour has caught the eye of a number of prestigious art prize selection panels including: The John Moores Painting Prize, The Contemporary British Painting Prize and The Threadneedle Prize. Her work is held in both public and private collections including The Newlight Art Collection, The Priseman -Seabrook Collection and The Ruskin Collection. (Mandy's work was acquired by The Guild of St George following her selection as runner up for the 2nd John Ruskin Prize in 2014). 

Mandy is currently undertaking a 2 year Fellowship in Stone Lithography at Leicester Print Workshop. 

julia bell freelance consultant Based at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art since 2009, Julia's role as Head of Partnerships (Visual Arts) is to build strategic partnerships, networks and collaborations on behalf of BALTIC and the visual arts sector. Previous to her current role, she worked as a Freelance Consultant for 6 years, delivering numerous public art commissioning programmes, managing a Curatorial Fellowship Training Programme and was the Curator of the Business Collectors Network which brought 10 businesses together to collectively purchase contemporary art. She was Curator at Middlesbrough Art Gallery 1999-2003 and Acting Collections Curator at the Crafts Council 1998. Julia has a Masters in Museum & Gallery Studies from the University of Newcastle, a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Northumbria and is a Board Trustee of the York Museum Trust, AV Festival and The New Bridge Project. A Fellow of the RSA, Julia is also an Industry Advisor for the National Skills Academy in England for Creative & Cultural Skills.

julia bell

freelance consultant

Based at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art since 2009, Julia's role as Head of Partnerships (Visual Arts) is to build strategic partnerships, networks and collaborations on behalf of BALTIC and the visual arts sector.

Previous to her current role, she worked as a Freelance Consultant for 6 years, delivering numerous public art commissioning programmes, managing a Curatorial Fellowship Training Programme and was the Curator of the Business Collectors Network which brought 10 businesses together to collectively purchase contemporary art. She was Curator at Middlesbrough Art Gallery 1999-2003 and Acting Collections Curator at the Crafts Council 1998.

Julia has a Masters in Museum & Gallery Studies from the University of Newcastle, a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Northumbria and is a Board Trustee of the York Museum Trust, AV Festival and The New Bridge Project. A Fellow of the RSA, Julia is also an Industry Advisor for the National Skills Academy in England for Creative & Cultural Skills.

dr Rachel Dickinson  DIrector for education of the guild of st george / principal lecturer at manchester metropolitan university Dr Rachel Dickinson is the Director for Education of the Guild of St George, the charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871.  A Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, she teaches English literature from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her primary research interest is John Ruskin.  Initially, this related to her PhD from Lancaster University on letters by Ruskin, which gave rise to an edited collection: John Ruskin’s Correspondence with Joan Severn: Sense and Nonsense Letters (Legenda 2008).  In addition to publishing on Ruskin, she has given many lectures on him, been interviewed about him by BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland, and curated an exhibition ‘ “Teaching Silkworms to Spin”: John Ruskin and the Ethics of Textiles’ (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University 2013).  Her current research interest is in Ruskin and textiles, and in how Ruskin envisaged sustainable living during the nineteenth century and how this can be reinterpreted for the twenty-first century in areas such as art, business management, crafts, ethical consumerism, museum curation, and even farming and land management.  

dr Rachel Dickinson

 DIrector for education of the guild of st george / principal lecturer at manchester metropolitan university

Dr Rachel Dickinson is the Director for Education of the Guild of St George, the charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871.  A Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, she teaches English literature from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Her primary research interest is John Ruskin.  Initially, this related to her PhD from Lancaster University on letters by Ruskin, which gave rise to an edited collection: John Ruskin’s Correspondence with Joan Severn: Sense and Nonsense Letters (Legenda 2008).  In addition to publishing on Ruskin, she has given many lectures on him, been interviewed about him by BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland, and curated an exhibition ‘ “Teaching Silkworms to Spin”: John Ruskin and the Ethics of Textiles’ (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University 2013).  Her current research interest is in Ruskin and textiles, and in how Ruskin envisaged sustainable living during the nineteenth century and how this can be reinterpreted for the twenty-first century in areas such as art, business management, crafts, ethical consumerism, museum curation, and even farming and land management.  

KIRSTIE HAMILTON HEAD OF EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS, MUSEUMS SHEFFIELD Kirstie Hamilton is Head of Exhibitions & Displays at Museums Sheffield with nearly 20 years experience in the sector. Kirstie programmes and oversees exhibitions across the Graves Gallery, Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum and has been responsible for the HLF funded Weston Park Museum: A Bright Future Project which has improved sustainability at the museum and displayed more of the city’s collections for visitors to enjoy. Kirstie’s specialism is visual art and she has been responsible for the development and delivery of the recent Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield project and many other exhibitions and artist’s projects.  

KIRSTIE HAMILTON

HEAD OF EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS, MUSEUMS SHEFFIELD

Kirstie Hamilton is Head of Exhibitions & Displays at Museums Sheffield with nearly 20 years experience in the sector. Kirstie programmes and oversees exhibitions across the Graves Gallery, Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum and has been responsible for the HLF funded Weston Park Museum: A Bright Future Project which has improved sustainability at the museum and displayed more of the city’s collections for visitors to enjoy. Kirstie’s specialism is visual art and she has been responsible for the development and delivery of the recent Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield project and many other exhibitions and artist’s projects.

 

KATE MASON director, the big draw For over twenty years, Kate Mason has worked consistently in a variety of roles across the arts, heritage, community, cultural and creative industries sectors.  A strategist, persuader and cultural broker, she is a passionate advocate for the value of the arts as one of the key pillars of a balanced education and supports the belief that we all - regardless of age or background - have an entitlement to quality cultural learning. Kate early passion kick-started her career with an MA in Heritage & Museum Studies and a thesis around the Arts & Crafts Movement and the role and influence of William Morris and John Ruskin. Kate currently works at the arts education charity The Big Draw in her role as Director, channelling her personal passions in neat alignment in support of their visual literacy agenda.

KATE MASON

director, the big draw

For over twenty years, Kate Mason has worked consistently in a variety of roles across the arts, heritage, community, cultural and creative industries sectors.  A strategist, persuader and cultural broker, she is a passionate advocate for the value of the arts as one of the key pillars of a balanced education and supports the belief that we all - regardless of age or background - have an entitlement to quality cultural learning.

Kate early passion kick-started her career with an MA in Heritage & Museum Studies and a thesis around the Arts & Crafts Movement and the role and influence of William Morris and John Ruskin.

Kate currently works at the arts education charity The Big Draw in her role as Director, channelling her personal passions in neat alignment in support of their visual literacy agenda.