Yvonne Gallimore Executive Co-Director
I have worked for Artsreach for 20 years, initially as a freelance co-ordinator for visual arts projects, then as part of the team leading on our visual arts programme, the children’s programme, and any other exciting opportunities that come our way! I love working for Artsreach; I liken it to a hand knitted jumper created from an excellent pattern, put together with care and love to create a warm, individual and highest quality garment.
Kerry Bartlett Executive Co-Director
I joined Artsreach in 2012 after four years working as the marketing officer for The Exchange in Sturminster Newton. For me the beauty of rural touring lies in the transformation that takes place within our communities. So many people give their time to make just a moment of magic happen, and everybody does so with a passion and belief in bringing quality arts to their venue. It’s a fulfilling and exciting environment to work in.
Becky Varndell Marketing & Development Officer
“I am the newest member of the Artsreach team, having joined in autumn 2017. After graduating with an English with Media Arts degree in 2012, I have worked in digital marketing and most recently as a tourism officer in Lyme Regis. I am so excited to begin my new role helping to promote the diverse and rich programme of events on offer this season. Artsreach really enriches rural communities, bringing people of diverse backgrounds and ages together to socialise, learn, engage and connect through the arts. I feel lucky to work for such a valuable organisation made up of passionate and creative people.”
The Artsreach Board
Fanny Charles Chairman
Freelance journalist (ex-editor), author and member of the Guild of Food Writers, Fanny is passionate about the performing arts and believes strongly that the role of touring rural arts organisations is more important than ever in a time of funding cuts and personal financial problems, less and less public transport and rural isolation. Fanny’s all-time favourite Artsreach event remains Kneehigh’s King of Prussia, now many years ago; but also loves the Ridgeway/West Gallery carols and music project. Fanny has a wire haired fox terrier called Pippin; loves cooking and music and still hopes to go to India one day!
Since being cast as a sheep in a school nativity play, Linda has been passionate about theatre, and has directed plays, co-directed pantomimes, and acted in many productions both amateur and semi-professional. Linda first became involved with Artsreach more than 15 years ago as a Promoter, then as a Board member, and was also Chairman of the charity for three years. Linda firmly believes that Artsreach enriches the quality of life of people living in rural communities and one of her favourite Artsreach events was Kneehigh Theatre’s ‘The Red Shoes’.
Angie has been involved with and passionate about Artsreach for a long time; first as chairman guiding it through the early times during which it became an independent charity, then working as Assistant Director for many years and finally, when even after retiring there was no escape, she was inveigled back onto the board of directors. When not to be found in a village hall, Angie escapes to her allotment, into the sea with her wooden surf board or out walking the Dorset footpaths.
Graeme and his wife Marilyn have promoted at Winterborne Stickland for over 10 years now, and Graeme joined the Board in November 2007. Graeme’s Board activities lean towards providing technical support for the office, and evaluating performances around the County. The Gale family can frequently be found at major Artsreach events, helping out in whatever capacity they can, as they all truly feel it is such a worthwhile organisation. Although working full-time, Graeme seems also to find time to be involved with the Valley Players Am-Dram Group, and tinkering with their numerous old vehicles!
Adrian is a great supporter of Artsreach, both through attending shows with family and friends as well as utilising his commercial skills, as a trustee, to further the organisations aspirations. He chairs the Finance Committee and has been a member of the board for over four years. Currently working for an American Fitness equipment manufacture as CFO for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region, Adrian's favourite Artsreach events involve music and dance. His main focus as a trustee is to ensure that Dorset enjoys the delights of Artsreach for the next 25 years through helping create a well-funded organisation, not reliant on public funding!
Rowlie has been the volunteer Artsreach promoter in Sandford Orcas for nearly 20 years. He is driven by the benefits that Artsreach brings to a small community, enticing villagers out to participate in varied, excellent entertainment and of helping to raise money for Village Hall funds - mainly through the bar, it must be said. A systems engineer at Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland Helicopters), Rowlie loves most things French and good food, but tries not to combine the two too often for the sake of his waistline!
Pat is an enthusiastic board member and has attended Artsreach events since moving to Dorset from Bristol twenty-three years ago. As former Literature Development Officer and then Culture and Community Planning Manager for Dorset County Council, Pat has experience of working in partnership with a wide range of Dorset organisations and of submitting funding applications. Having always been a culture vulture, Pat is delighted that Artsreach offers such a variety of unusual and cutting edge performance, as well as fantastic family shows, and visual arts exhibitions.
Ian is a Board member and volunteer promoter in Buckland Newton, but was also previously the Artsreach Exec Director from 1990 – 2015, meaning he’s been involved with the scheme for over 26yrs! Ian’s passion comes from the belief that Artsreach plays a vital role in being a fantastic network linking rural communities to live arts. Choosing his favourite event therefore is difficult, but it’s between Barachois at Bradford Peverell, Kneehigh’s 'Windfall' at Shillingstone Rec, Seckou Keita Quartet at Buckland Newton and, of course, any performance by the Old/New Rope String Band. Ian is also passionate about coffee, and has five portable stove top espresso pots (some of which work!).
Dr David Wood
Originally a drama teacher, David has had a long career in the arts and education. He was Assistant Principal at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and Director of Postgraduate Education at Oxford Brookes University. Later, he ran his own consultancy and conducted evaluations for the EU, Arts Council England, OfSTED, NHS South East and The Wellcome Trust. He led five national evaluations, for Arts Council England, of the government’s national ‘Creative Partnerships’ initiative. His doctorate was about evaluating the impact of creative activities in schools. An advocate for small-scale touring arts companies, David has previously served as chair of a touring theatre and secretary of a dance and disability company.