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Meet the team

Gallery Staff

Samantha Rhodes – Director  (full time)

Samantha has over 20 years experience working in the contemporary crafts and applied arts at Bluecoat Display Centre. Samantha enjoys the changing exhibition programme, and all that involves, especially the hands-on aspect of the work.

  • Creative programming and curating
  • Website development lead
  • Press / Publicity / Marketing
  • Accounts
  • Exhibition display
  • Fundraising / New developments
  • Lead artist selector

Frances Gill-Smith – Assistant Director   (full time)

Frances joined the Display Centre in 2010 after studying Fine Art specializing in photography. Fran has helped the centre develop its education event program with the team, as well as curating various exhibitions.

  • Event organising
  • Sales / Commissioning
  • Marketing / Publicity / Managing social media
  • Visual merchandising
  • Web management
  • Curating
  • Fundraising

Kate Moult – Assistant Director    (full time)

Kate has worked at the Display Centre over the past ten years whilst running her own studio based jewellery business. Kate’s jewellery has been sold very successfully at the Display Centre for a number of years.

  • Display / Exhibition support
  • Selling /Commissioning
  • Stock control
  • Visual merchandising / Exhibition support / Curating
  • Outreach work support / Web management
  • Curating
  • Fundraising

Claire Smith – Gallery Assistant    (full-time)

Claire joined the team in February 2019. She studied Textile Design, specialising in woven textiles, before completing a Masters in art history, curating and criticism.

  • Day to day gallery management
  • Selling / Commissioning
  • Stock control
  • Visual merchandising / Exhibition support / Curating
  • Outreach work support

Louise Kirby – Accounts          (weekly off-site)

Louise has been a member of the team at Bluecoat Display Centre for the past 10 years.

  • In house accounts supervision/advice
  • VAT returns
  • Bank reconciliation

Freelancers, Volunteers & Student Placements

Regular work experience is offered to students and job seekers as volunteers and also to paid freelance workers to supplement and assist with new developments and at key times of the year such as holiday cover & Christmas trading etc.

We positively aim to promote diversity, and welcome involvement from all sections of the community.

Megan Hartley-Roberts – Gallery Assistant    (part-time)

Megan has an MA in gallery and museums studies and a practical knowledge of the working life of museums and contemporary art galleries.

  • Day to day gallery management
  • Selling / Commissioning
  • Visual merchandising / Exhibition support / Curating
  • Outreach work support

Julie Falkingham – Gallery Assistant    (part-time)

Julie has a background in, and practical knowledge of, contemporary ceramics.

  • Day to day gallery work
  • Selling / Commissioning
  • Visual Merchandising

Governance and Management Board Members

  1. Alan Whittaker – Chair
  • Facilitates educational links/collaborations
  • Maker viewpoint

2. Rebecca Gouldson – Deputy Chair

  • Identifying craft opportunities/initiatives for makers and BDC
  • Maker viewpoint
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of commissioning craft

3. Gill Curry

  • Development Board lead for fundraising annual events
  • Links to other educators
  • Study trip programme co-curator

4. Peter Woods

  • Commercial/business advice
  • Involvement in local arts scene and Art Fund helps form collaboration
  • Marketing/fundraising

5. Judith Fordham

  • Legal background/advice
  • Development Board member

6. Linda Jeanne Jones

  • Maker viewpoint
  • Development board member
  • Study trip programme co-ordinator

7. David Backhouse

  • Architectural/developmental work
  • Planning advice

8. Peter Urquhart

  • Legal and personnel expertise
  • Forward planning/developmental work
  • Equality action planning

9. Maureen Bampton

  • Previous Director of BDC for 31 years
  • Thorough knowledge and expertise of contemporary craft sector

10. Vicky Charnock

  • Arts Coordinator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for 11 years
  • Actively involved in arts fundraising
  • Knowledge of a variety of arts organisations

11. Kim Earle

  • Originally studied Jewellery Design
  • As an Education Consultant working knowledge of local Secondary schools

12. Alison Appleton

  • Creative business advice
  • Strong design background
  • Trend forecasting

13. Julie Colligan

  • Strong design background
  • Specialist knowledge of Marketing and Branding
  • Retail and creative direction