Director | Curator FRSA, MA
Claire Farrell’s research is rooted in urban planning and design, architecture and socially-engaged art practice. Taking influence from such interdisciplinary and collaborative movements as the Situationists, Artist Placement Group, Critical Art Ensemble and the Bauhaus, she is inspired by the political ability of art to reach beyond borders and social class.
As founder and director of WERK each project is conceived with the objective to identify opportunities for artists to work in a site-specific and site-responsive way. She views the organisation of projects for contemporary art in terms similar to that of a music composition – they are at their heart about collaboration and improvisation.
Project & Communications Coordinator
Stephen Burke graduated from Falmouth University in 2012 as a photographic artist. Stephen joined WERK as an intern to gain insight and experience within project management and production in late 2013. He is interested in exploring the relationship between people and place, and how our social and physical environments can have a determining effect on who we are and how we live our lives. Conversation, chance, collaboration and celebration are key themes in his approach to creating work.
Stephen is currently studying an MA in Documentary Photography at Westminster University.
WERK Board of Trustees
The WERK board of trustees seek to determine policy, governance and, together with the WERK team set the strategic direction for WERK. It oversee's the management of organisation, acting as guardians of WERK's ethos and long term objectives seeking to represent a broad range of different backgrounds, areas of expertise and perspectives on the board. WERK trustees serve in a voluntary capacity and are unremunerated.
Hannah Rogers is currently head of organisational development at the Big Lottery Fund specialising in people development, with a keen personal interest and passion in supporting community and societal development. Hannah is the Chair of the WERK Board of Trustees with a key focus on strategy and governance.
Emma Thompson is currently the manager of The Triage Team at St Basils specialising in working with homeless young people, and is passionate about community and partnership development. Emma's key focus as part of the WERK Board of Trustees is to identify and create professional development opportunities for young people.
Internships & Volunteers
WERK regularly offer internships and voluntary positions. To apply for an internship or as a volunteer please send a covering letter and your CV to info@WERK.org.uk.
Caleb is currently studying Fine Art at Birmingham City University, after previously studying at Bournville College. His interest in community arts practice led him to get involved with WERK, and he hopes to progress further in this area in the future. See Caleb's work here.
Rico Johnson-Sinclair has studied Production for Live Events and Television at University of the Arts London and is passionate about all aspects of performance and live events. He currently writes for Birmingham Wire and Polaroid's and Polar Bears. His written work can be read here.
Previous Volunteers, Interns & Staff
Becky Woodcock, Longbridge Light Festival Fringe Programmer, 2016
Becky came to Birmingham in 2012 to study Jazz Clarinet performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Alongside working as an active freelance clarinet teacher, Becky works as a freelance Project Manager and Festival Co-ordinator, having worked with various arts festivals and venues in the region including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival, Lunar Festival and Moseley Folk Festival. She also works at Town Hall Symphony Hall as Schools Project Manager, devising and delivering 7 schools projects, focusing on a close working relationship with Ladywood Primary Schools.
Theodora Pangos, Intern & Graphic Designer, 2011 - 2016
Theodora joined WERK as an intern in 2011 and has worked on numerous projects since then. Being part of WERK has enabled her to work as part of a team, collaborate with different artist and evaluate the relevance of different materials and approaches in a coherent form. Theodora is currently project managing the Agency at BCU and is studying MA Visual Communication.
Rebecca Clegg, Volunteer, 2016
Mutlimedia artist Rebecca Clegg is currently living in Birmingham and studying BA Fine Art (Hons) at Birmigham School of Art. Recently Rebecca has explored sculpture and developed an interest in pre fabricated architecture. Her work responds to the brutalist surroundings of Birmimham, giving prominence to modular design with the use of industrial materials. See Rebecca's work here.
Diana Negroiu, Intern, 2015 - 2016
Diana is currently a student of Media & Communication at Birmingham City University, specialising in events management and the music industry. She started this degree because of her love of music, concerts and everything they entail – from organising them to being part of the audience. Since starting her placement with Werk, she is interested in collaborative music and visual art events. Diana is currently learning Adobe Illustrator and web design.
Anna Horton, Project Assistant, 2013
Anna interned with WERK in 2013 where she worked on the 'This is Dines Green' project in Worcester and 'The Salon' project in Leicester as a project assistant. Anna went on to work at Eastside Projects as the Operations Assistant and continues develop her own artistic practice, see Anna's work here.
Maya Darrell Hewins, Longbridge Light Festival Assistant, 2016
Maya is an arts organiser and artist, with experience programming, making, teaching and delivering events for contemporary art galleries, film festivals and community projects. Maya has interests in social and political history, architecture and media archaeology. She explores alternative and experimental ways of archiving, preserving, restoring and presenting artists’ film and video and amateur film, and is currently researching the history of alternative regional moving image making from 1960s -1980s. Maya also runs workshops in both analogue and digital animation and film production.
Sophia Tarr, Longbridge Light Festival Producer, 2013-2015
Sophia Tarr was the Longbridge Light Festival producer in its inaugural year in 2014, creating & implementing the foundations for future festivals and activities in Longbridge. Sophia is now the Events Programme Manager at Birmingham University.
Chidera Ugada, Volunteer, 2015 - 2016
A current post-graduate student studying Painting at Coventry University. Chidy is an active volunteer of the Longbridge Public Art Project, utilising his skill and attributes to impart on the project. With a great interest in social related topics, He works and collaborates with artists to create opportunities to interact with the community. His media application is varied but predominantly involves painting and drawing skills.
Leah Carless, Intern, 2012 - 2013
In 2012 Leah worked on the 48sheet project, as photographer and artist assistant. In 2013 she was commissioned to produce a workshop and temporary tape artworks for the Dines Green project. Leah is a practising artist whose works predominantly in the medium of sculpture and more recently has produced moving image works which aim to explore liminal spaces that are experienced and produced by both the female body and materiality. Leah completed a BA Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art and is currently in her first year studying MA sculpture at The Royal College of Art, London. Since graduating from her BA in 2013 Carless has had work in RCA secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, Birmingham Show at Eastside Projects, The Barber Institute of Fine Art and Grand Union as part of New Art West Midlands, she was also selected as Grand Union bursary recipient. You can see Leah's work here.
Sarah Nokes, Programme & Community Engagement Manager, 2011 - 2016
Sarah Nokes was part of WERK sincegraduating from York University in 2011. Sarah became the WERK Programme & Community Engagement Manager and worked on a number of projects, including This is Dines Green & Longbridge Public Art Project. She has now joined the Police and we wish her the best of luck with her future career.
Lucy Massey, Longbridge Light Festival Coordinator, 2014
Lucy interned with WERK in 2014 following graduating from De Monfort University to support Longbridge Light Festival 2014,. Lucy is now working for the Dance Exchange.
Ieva Jarušauskaitė, Intern, 2015
Ieva Jarusauskaite is currently an Illustration & Graphics student at Coventry University. She is skilled in hand painted typography, stop-motion animation, hand draw illustration, pattern/print and branding. Her interests include music, books, animation and all the films with Audrey Tautou. In 2015 spring, Ieva was published in Coventry University brochure representing Illustration & Graphics course.
Nicola Daniels, Intern, 2013
Nicola Daniels volunteered with WERK in 2013 to support The Salon project in Leicester's Highcross Shopping Centre. Gaining experience in project management within an arts based environment gave her a real passion for arts in the community. Nicola is currently developing her own art practice and due to start MA Arts at De Montfort University in September 2015.