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Jonathan Callan - Idiot Compression

Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Fiona Banner - Jane's

HD digital film projection, 2013. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Anselm Kiefer's work in Never Judge a Book...

Courtesy the artist and White Cube. Photo Stefan Handy.

Meadow Arts Board of Trustees


Meadow Arts is a Charitable Organisation, operating under the stewardship of its Board of Trustees.              

Meadow Arts Board is currently made up of 10 Trustees (2020):


Richard Heatly (Chair)

Start of Tenure: 2015

Richard Heatly has recently retired from Hereford College of Arts where he was Principal for over 12 years. During this period the College saw growth in student numbers, resources and the range of courses, particularly at undergraduate level. After completing a degree in Philosophy and English at Cambridge, Richard worked in advertising and films before studying furniture design and making at the London College of Furniture. He then ran his own business as a designer and maker for a number of years after establishing his own workshops in Herefordshire. He later studied MA Design History at Middlesex University and then taught in higher education. He has been closely involved in the annual Hereford Photography Festival as Chair and is on the board of Borderlines Film Festival.


Adam Neal – Youth Trustee

Start of Tenure: 2019

Adam Neal is a Birmingham based practising artist, documenter and educator, now occupying a position as Youth Trustee with Meadow Arts. Since graduating in Fine Art at Birmingham City University in 2018, Adam has exhibited work at Format Photography Festival, Co-Op(t), Birmingham School of Art, and Leamington Museum & Art Gallery, and is currently a Graduate Artist-in-Residence at Coventry Artspace. Simultaneously, Adam is involved in the Change Maker Programme with The Mighty Creatives, which aims to challenge issues around children’s accessibility within the creative industries.


Stephanie Allen

Start of tenure: 2017

Steph Allen is Executive Director at Arts&Heritage, an agency which forges relationships between contemporary artists and heritage sites to create new projects and perspectives for diverse audiences.

Steph has over 20 years’ experience working as a senior strategist and producer. Previous roles include developing a range of artist projects for Artsadmin, Peak Cymru and the Hayward Gallery as well as enabling and supporting a variety of site-responsive artist-led projects nationally and internationally. This is twinned with significant business planning, partnership management and strategic development roles across the arts and cultural sector including management roles at Arts Council England, Sidney Nolan Trust, South Bank Centre and Creative United as Head of Strategic Development. Here she identified business and financial needs across the arts sector, developed future programmes and undertook commissioned research in partnership with DCMS and The London Mayor’s Office.


Karen Brade

Start of tenure: 2013

Karen Brade has over 20 years of investment experience in a range of sectors and markets. She began her career at Citibank in London, working on various multi-national project finance transactions. After a short period working in Former Yugoslavia with the UN, she returned to the UK to work with the Commonwealth Development Corporation (later Actis), a leading emerging markets private equity firm, where she directed equity and debt investing, portfolio management, fundraising and investor development. Since 2005 she has been an adviser to hedge funds, family offices and private equity houses.

Karen Brade is a director of the Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust PLC, Crown Place PLC, World Child Cancer and Moor Park Charitable Trust (a co-ed boarding/day prep school in Shropshire).


Emma Bulmer

Start of tenure: 2008

Emma Bulmer has extensive experience in the private and charitable sectors of the financing of small and large scale projects and developments. Emma has a good understanding of accountancy and the presentation of financial information. She has been involved in raising finance in the public and private markets and worked with some major charitable trusts.

She also has considerable experience in corporate governance and the negotiation of legally binding contracts and agreements.   She is currently a Trustee of EFB Benevolent Fund, which makes significant donations to the alleviation of poverty and sickness in Herefordshire. She is a Director of Gent Fairhead & Co Limited, Edward Bulmer Limited and REFCO Limited.


The Very Revd Nick Bury

Start of tenure: 2017

Nick studied theology at Cambridge and Oxford and spent a year teaching at Betong in Sarawak. He was ordained in 1968 and served as a curate in Liverpool 1968 – 1971. He made a film with the BBC entitled “A Year in the Life of the Curate”. From 1971-75 he was Chaplain at Christ Oxford, before moving to Stevenage to work until 1984. In 1997, he became Dean of Gloucester, moving to Ledbury in 2010 when he retired. He lectures on art, illustrating Christian themes and is Chair of the Trustees of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust. Revd Bury also acts as a local representative for the Shannon Trust at Long Lartin Prison.


Joanna Freeman

Start of tenure: 2019

Joanna is an arts producer and project manager based in Shropshire. She has over a decade of experience in arts education, programming and producing a broad range of participative opportunities for young people and communities nationwide. This includes work delivered for or with The Birmingham REP Theatre, Manchester Camerata, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Joanna has also designed and delivered programmes of cross-arts learning in schools across the UK for creative education organisations including Artis Foundation, One Day and Bigfoot.


Deborah Robinson

Start of tenure: 2016

Deborah Robinson is currently Head of Exhibitions at The New Art Gallery Walsall. She has been responsible for the contemporary art programme since the opening of the gallery in 2000. She has curated many exhibitions, including solo shows by Mat Collishaw, Joana Vasconcelos and Idris Khan.

Deborah frequently commissions new work and co-commissioned Zarina Bhimji’s film Yellow Patch (2012) which launched concurrently in London and Walsall. She leads on the delivery of Engine, a professional development programme for artists and curators in the West Midlands. The programme is delivered in partnership with New Art West Midlands. Deborah also serves on the NAWM Advisory Group and the Visual Arts Acquisitions Advisory Group for the British Council Collection.


Claire Walsh

Start of tenure: 2014

Claire Walsh, Director at Brunswick Arts, advises multiple arts and cultural organisations on a wide range of communications, including strategy, profile-rising, issues management and communications campaigns.