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New Creative Practitioners join us

10th December 2020

Engagement and Education Manager, Steve Wilson has been busy recruiting new Creative Practitioners for our network. These artists play an integral part in our organisation's work, undertaking projects in schools and with the wider public. In the autumn, we took the decision to recruit a new cohort to reflect the wider communities that we work alongside.

Steve explains further, "The recruitment itself was a great exercise to do and we had 48 people apply. I was incredibly impressed with the standard of applications - from this group we selected eleven new people including three who will become part of our developing Young Meadow Arts group."

In a classroom, a boy and woman listen and speak at each end of a long rubber tube. Other children look on and everyone is smiling. 

Agustina Meola, Whisperers, 2019


The new Creative Practitioners are...


Agustina Meola

Agustina Meola is a Telford based artist who is originally from Argentina. She has a huge wealth of experience undertaking various roles at The Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. She moved to our region with her family and is especially interested in developing projects looking at the rights of children, work which she began in her home country.


Dominic Harbour

Dominic is based in Herefordshire and is an accomplished Visual Arts Educator and Curator with extensive experience connecting audiences with contemporary artworks and historic collections. He has considerable experience of the arts and cultural scene in Hereford, particularly within the health and well-being area.


Elena Cassidy-Smith

Elena is a mid-career visual artist, currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art Practice at Wrexham Glyndwr University. Her practice has diversified over the years and has now returned to more of a visual art methodology, with theoretical physics underpinning current research. The possibilities of uniting art and science really excites Elena and this cross-disciplinary approach has opened up a myriad of opportunities which she is currently exploring.


Hira Butt

Hira is a Muslim Pakistani British female artist and brings a perspective on living in Western communities as an outsider and insider, which is rarely represented in the art world. Her current practice deals with the intimate relational issues South-Asian women face on a visceral level and the globalised effect that orientalist thinking has on Western and Eastern cultures.


Jess Bugler

Hereford based contemporary printmaker, Jess develops her practice to question contemporary issues through exhibitions and installations. Jess has won prizes in the National Original Print Fair, The Flourish Awards and Spike Island Print and exhibited widely. Jess organised, curated and participated in an exhibition funded by Arts Council Wales on Art and Technology at Oriel Mon last autumn. Jess thinks print is a wonderful medium through which to communicate contemporary ideas and is passionate about promoting its use. Jess also works at Hereford College of Arts.


Kalon Smith

Kalon is a young artist who truly cares about helping out young people and in particular those who have struggled with issues. Kalon’s arts discipline is animation and design and he is keen to bring his skills to our organisation.


Nicola Lillie

Hereford based Nicola lists creativity, communication and connection as her passions. She has extensive experience working in teaching settings and has been a maker her whole life. A jeweller since studying in 2012 at Hereford College of Arts, Nicola is primarily inspired by architecture, not just visually but rather by the values and relationships we hold with and within architecture.


Roberta Whittaker

Bobbie is based in rural South Staffordshire. She is a practising artist who also runs creative workshops for all ages and abilities. Bobbie’s practice relates to her understanding and processing of the world around her, the style and medium often vary, but she particularly focuses on abstract oil painting, pastel and charcoal, text-based work and stitch. 


Roz Shabazz-Johnson

Roz is a freelance Fashion/Textiles Designer/Maker with an Art & Design background along with the bonus of extensive workshop delivery and Creative Practitioner experience.

She specialises in the design, manufacture and retail of bespoke commissions and limited-edition designs to private clients, dance/theatre companies and corporate organisations – including garments/costumes, interior design (soft furnishings & sculptural forms) and artwork (e.g: abstract artwork on canvas). She is Worcestershire based.


Tanya Raabe

Tanya is an acclaimed disabled visual artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture, often creating portraits of high profile disabled and diverse people during live sittings in high profile public art galleries and venues. Her project Portraits Untold, delivered in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, National Trust and Tate, amongst others, is an ambitious and unique project exploring and celebrating the diversity of our common humanity through a series of live portrait sittings with high profile sitters including Dame Evelyn Glennie, in well-known venues.


Yasmin Agilah-Hood

Yasmin is a visual artist, illustrator and designer based in Worcester. She has a passion for storytelling through drawing, collage and paint. Dissecting and interpreting a narrative, or a tale from our imaginations, a personal story, a social commentary is what drives her practice. Yasmin is obsessed with trying different ways of making and sees a blank page as an invitation to deepen her experiences with different media and to strengthen her creative process. 

We’ll be adding everyone’s pictures and biographical information to our Creative Practitioner webpage in the New Year.