Our Administrative Staff
Having lived with mental health issues much of my life, I have a deep understanding of how the arts and creativity can support our wellbeing. Despite, or maybe because of this, I was co-founder and co-director of an international arts training organisation, Circomedia, for 16 years. Instigating the first accredited teacher training and BTEC courses for circus in the UK, I also project managed the creation of the award-winning Portland Square site in Bristol.
I was a producer for GDance, an acclaimed production and training company. With a specialism in inclusive dance practice, I also co-founded the National Inclusive Dance Network with Cath Wilkins. I love learning and I’m currently enjoying training in Systemic Constellations.
I’ve been a practising artist and creative arts facilitator in healthcare settings for many years. I’ve become very interested in the powerful therapeutic benefits that creativity brings to our health and wellbeing. My MA in Arts, Health and Wellbeing has given me a deep understanding of this sector.
I have lived experience of life-changing illness and the difference creativity makes to managing such experiences – I still make, paint and create as often as I can.
I’m passionate about high quality, accessible arts and healthcare programmes for everyone. I’m in my element at Artlift because I can combine my skills with my love of all things creative.
I joined Artlift in July 2020 and my feet haven’t touched the ground since. My experience as a Project Marketing and Communications Officer and Image Co-ordinator at the National Trust stands me in good stead to support the Artlift team with my administration, communications, and project management skills.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed creative writing, watercolour painting and making pots, so I know the very real difference that creativity can make to our wellbeing. I love being in the great outdoors, but I’m also a history-lover and culture-vulture. I enjoy working at Artlift because I believe passionately that the arts should be accessible to everyone from all walks of life.
I’m a Chartered Marketer (MCIM) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. I started my career in marketing in book publishing and went on to launch and grow my own art course business for 18 years. Since 2007, I’ve been an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England where I help undergraduates find their place in the creative economy through a series of workshops.
In 2010, my passion for the arts led me to launch the award-winning Cotswold Open Studios. Over the years, I’ve built up extensive experience in marketing, PR, brand development, communications, fundraising, and events, working with all sorts of organisations, from international development agencies to a professional theatre.
I know first-hand the real difference that creativity and the arts can make. I enjoy supporting good causes with my marketing skills and I’m looking forward to helping Artlift raise its profile and continue to enrich even more lives.
I’m a strategic and sector development consultant, fundraiser, producer and evaluator. I specialise in inclusive dance and arts practice. Alongside my role as Executive Director at Artlift, I’m also the Producer for Gloucester’s Carnival Arts Partnership and Co-Chair of the county’s Arts Disability Advisory Board.
Former senior roles have been with GDance, Gloucestershire Academy of Music, international touring company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and the funding body NESTA. From 2012-16, I was Co-Founder Director of Create Gloucestershire and chaired the working party of the National Inclusive Dance Network.
I joined Artlift in April 2019. I’ve witnessed the transformative power of creativity through friends, family, and exceptionally talented disabled artists living with physical, learning, and mental health differences. I’m really looking forward to making this transformation happen for many more people.
Dr Gillian Rice (Chair)
Sue Burling (Company Secretary)
Dr Katja Baczko