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Meet the team

Gallery Staff

Dr. Maureen Bampton – Director  (part time)

Maureen has over 25 years experience working in the contemporary crafts and applied arts at Bluecoat Display Centre. She is a founder member of CraftNet, and loves being part of a dynamic contemporary craft sector that places high values on qualities such as individuality, uniqueness and authenticity, and she especially enjoys the curating  of exhibitions.

  • Business & Financial Management
  • Creative Programming & curating.
  • Fundraising/New Developments
  • Lead Artist Selector
  • Stock Management

Samantha Rhodes – Assistant 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
  • Website Development
  • Press/Publicity/Marketing
  • Accounts
  • Exhibition display

Frances Gill-Smith – Gallery Officer   (full time)

Frances joined the Display Centre in 2010 and has helped the centre develop its education program with the team, as well as maintaining the gallery. Frances has a degree in Fine Art and is a practicing photographer, focussing upon portraiture in particular as well as documenting different elements of the natural world.

  • Event Organising
  • Sales/Commissioning
  • Marketing/Publicity/Managing Social Media
  • Visual Merchandising/Exhibition support
  • Web management/Outreach work support
  • Curating / Exhibition support

Kate Moult – Gallery Officer   (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
  • Outreach Work support/ web management
  • Curating

Louise Kirby – Accounts

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

  • In house accounts supervision
  • VAT returns
  • Final monthly sales figure data

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.

Governance and Management Board Members

1. Peter Urquhart – Chairman

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

2. David Backhouse

  • Architectural/Developmental work
  • Planning advice

3. Gill Curry

  • Assists with education policies
  • Links to other educators
  • Development Board lead
  • Educational study trip co-lead

4. Alan Whittaker

  • Facilitates educational links/collaborations
  • Co-chair

5. Peter Woods

  • Commercial/business advice
  • Involvement in other arts organisations, collaborations etc
  • Marketing/Fundraising

6. Linda Jeanne Jones

  • Working artist viewpoint
  • Educational study trip co-lead
  • International collaborations/curating.

7. Judith Fordham

  • Legal advice
  • Development board member

8. Angela Samata

  • Enterprise
  • Media Relations
  • Press, PR, Radio

9. Rebecca Gouldson

  • Working artist viewpoint
  • Educational advice
  • International collaborations/curating.

Samantha Rhodes (Company Secretary)