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Team Meadow Arts at Berrington Hall

From left: Rebecca, Leanne, Anne, Clare and Steve

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Meet the Team

 

Meadow Arts is made up of a small team of dedicated arts professionals who work part-time for the organisation, bringing with them a wide range of skills and expertise.

 

Anne de Charmant

Artistic Director & Curator

Anne is as European as they come - born in Geneva, Switzerland of Hungarian and Italian parentage and a French citizen – but she has been living in the UK since 1991 and considers this country her home. Having trained as a journalist, she was an arts correspondent for various French and Swiss media and press in London. Her particular interest in the contemporary visual arts led her to specialise in that field.

She developed the concept for a new type of contemporary visual arts organisation when, having moved to the rural West Midlands, she realised that opportunities to see high quality contemporary visual arts in the region were virtually non-existent. Her idea to bring this about through a non-venue-based organisation, working with partners like heritage organisations, libraries or other unusual venues across the region, still holds today. Apart from a ‘captive audience’, these venues offered fascinating contexts for artists to work in. She curates most Meadow Arts exhibitions and new commissions. Her favourite part of the job is bringing artists to sites and watching the creative cogs start to turn…

Memorable arty moment: Olafur Eliasson's The Weather Project at the Tate Modern, when everyone was lying on the floor, enjoying the experience of the art all around.

anne@meadowarts.org

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Clare Purcell

Executive Director

Clare has worked as a producer & events manager for over 20 years, including ten years as Artist Manager for the international Hay Festival; freelance contracts for Channel 4 TV, Corporate Relations and Education Departments; Green Man Festival and The Globe at Hay arts centre. Originally from London, she has a background in rural community development and has lived in a remote Welsh longhouse in the Black Mountains since graduating: always with a collection of animals and, more latterly, with my partner and children.

"Meadow Arts is an exciting place to work for the variety of projects we deliver; the geographic spread across three counties and the calibre of artists we commission. We’re always engaging with new, largely rural, audiences and I love the interesting exchange of ideas when contemporary visual artists respond to a theme. A particular highlight for me was our 2018 project with Yinka Shonibare, Creatures of the Mappa Mundi."

Memorable arty moment: Swigging champagne with Cerys Matthews after she had just sung a traditional Welsh folk song, in Welsh, to ex-President Clinton at the Hay Festival in 2001.

clare@meadowarts.org

Annabel Clarke

Marketing & Communications Manager

An arts marketer for over ten years, Annabel has worked predominantly within the visual arts. As well as working for the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) and New Art West Midlands to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts across the UK, she has worked with Flatpack Festival, Fierce Festival and Home of Metal. Most recently she has been working with Coventry Biennial 2021 and The New Art Gallery Walsall.

She can often be found pottering on her allotment or in her greenhouse. 

Memorable arty moment: Seeing Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir perform at MAC Birmingham on their way up to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. Hearing a choir for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic gave me goosebumps! Very emotional.

annabel@meadowarts.org

Emma Bowen

Education & Engagement Manager

Emma has been working as an artist-educator and creative producer of engagement programmes for over 15 years, supporting audiences to engage with challenging contemporary art and using the arts as a tool for bringing together and activating communities. She has worked for arts organisations across the Midlands including 9 years at Ikon Gallery, and as a freelancer for Barber Institute of Fine Art, Sampad Arts, Sidney Nolan Trust and Bilston Craft Gallery.

As well as creating opportunities for others to make art, Emma has a background in sculpture, with a BA (Hons) from Central St Martins, and loves playing with clay. She is interested in site-specific art and is often found processing native clays when not tending to her allotments, chickens, or out walking with her standard poodle.

Memorable arty moment: Watching one of my all-time favourite artists, Giuseppe Penone, creating Soffio di Foglie (Breath of Leaves, 1979) for his exhibition at Ikon. He lay face down in a giant mound of leaves, in a silent gallery, leaving an indentation of his body and his breath. I then had the privilege of spending 6 weeks sharing his exhibition with hundreds of primary school children who made their own versions and interpretations of his work.

emma@meadowarts.org

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Leanne O'Connor

Artistic Programme Assistant

Leanne is from an Anglo-Irish Background and was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Growing up near metal fabrication and machine processes, with a fascination with the richness of the Irish community – she developed a love for the way communities document their lived experiences, which contributes to collective memory. Led by her travelling spirit, Leanne has combined these two passions and pursued an art career within the Midlands, emerging from Birmingham School of Art with 1st Class Honours in 2018. Leanne has since developed an inter-disciplinary art practice that spans sculptural production, archival resistance, and collaborative publication making. She has been awarded residencies with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham School of Jewellery and exhibited across the region.

Leanne is thrilled to be working with Meadow Arts as the Artistic Programme Assistant to facilitate new, exciting art experiences within the rural West Midlands, explaining, “I adored past exhibitions In Ruins and Shakti, which activated expansive structures that were fluently situated within rural locations across the regions we serve.” 

Memorable arty moment: Watching the incredible performance By FEMME FERAL, titled ‘THERESAMAYSMACKDOWN’ which considered feminist, anti-fascist rage through wrestling as performance. The whole of Vivid Projects in Digbeth was filled to the rafters, and the atmosphere was electric!

leanne@meadowarts.org

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