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, social class and it's significant potential to enhance the built environment.
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 context-specific 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.
Freelance Curator and Public Art Consultant
Rachel Bradley, MPhil Cultural Inquiry (University of Birmingham), has 20 years-experience of working in the public art sector developing strategies, evaluations and artists' commission programmes. She has extensive experience of commissioning in regeneration and heritage contexts. Bradley was a Director of New Art WM-Art Market Project for BCU (2014-2016) and is an Associate for Modus Operandi Art Consultants, developing a public art strategy for Media City UK in 2010. She has worked with a range of clients to set up art programmes, commission artists and develop evaluation and public art strategies. Rachel recently evaluated WERK"s Longbridge Public Art Project (2012-2017) and is currently co developing an international research and development project with Claire Farrell.
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.
Freelance Producer Longbridge Light Festival 2016
Sara Crathorne is an independent Stage Manager, Producer and Operations Manager. Sara has extensive experience managing offsite performances, installations and productions. Sara has worked all over the U.K. and interantionally with the Birmingham Rep and more recently Fierce Festival.
Visual Artist and Designer 2013-2017
Using processes of social engagement he explores society and culture with the aim of disrupting expectations and personalising mainstream narrative. Richards invites dialogue and interaction through the content, design and location of his work in public spaces. The artist works in diverse forms including sound, print, text and image, installation and multiples.
Stephen Burke MA
Project & Communications Coordinator 2013-2017
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.
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.
Fringe Programme Coordinator Longbridge Light Festival
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.