Meet the Team
The Idea Space team is made up of a group of dedicated artists, volunteers, and professionals who are passionate about making positive change through the arts. This team is essential to the success of Idea Space, and their work has a direct impact on the lives of the people and communities that Idea Space serves.
The artists on the Idea Space team are experts in their respective fields, and they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their work. They are responsible for developing and delivering Idea Space’s arts workshops, programs, and events. They also work with community members to create new and innovative arts projects.
Idea Space volunteers play a vital role in supporting the organization’s by helping in the workshops and outreaching to the community to promote its programs. They are an essential part of the team.
Idea Space Trustees play a vital role in the governance and oversight of the charity, and their support is essential to the success of Idea Space, helping it achieve its mission of making a positive change through the arts and they make a significant contribution to the organization’s mission. They have a wealth of experience and expertise.
Director and lead artist
Vicky previously worked for an arts charity in Poplar, East London, for 15 years. She has experience of working on housing estates, youth centres, libraries, and museums. She is particularly interested in working with marginalised and underserved communities.
Her background in fine art gives her good knowledge of the creative process and how to use it to facilitate learning and personal growth.
She is from Liverpool and has lived in East London for 20 years. She studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art and has an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins.
Laura is an experienced project manager in the visual arts. Her role at Idea Space includes developing and implementing fundraising strategies; managing the charity’s budgets and financial resources; ensuring that the charity complies with all relevant regulations; and collaborating with the trustees and staff on the broader strategic planning of projects and events.
Laura plays a vital role in Idea Space’s mission to make the arts accessible to all. she is dedicated to supporting the work of artists and promoting the arts in the community.
Project support officer
Suzanna works on fundraising and project management for Idea Space. Suzanna is a trustee for another charity and has worked at various nature, heritage and sports charities in roles involving fundraising, project management, community engagement, marketing, and volunteer management.
Faith is a Young Advisor for Waltham Forest council and works for NELFT, a mental health organisation, and is studying Applied Social Science, Youth and Community Work at Goldsmiths’ University. She works on Idea Space projects as a Youth Ambassador.
Rizvana Asgher is an inspiring woman who is dedicated to helping others. She set up the Cann Hall Women’s Foundation to provide support for local women in her community.
She has also set up a women’s walking group and is a trustee for another charity.
She volunteers for Idea Space and helps out at workshops and outreach, she has a lot of knowledge of community outreach work and is an asset to Idea Space.
Heidi is the Group Director for Marketing and Communications for London South East Education Group, comprised of campuses across Greenwich, Orpington, Bromley and Bexley, a Multi Academy Trust, and a University Centre.
With more than 12 years of marketing and communications experience in the post-16 education sector, she has a strong interest in education, training and social mobility.
Kate is an IT support worker for Greenpeace with over 15 years of experience in technology roles for both the private and not-for-profit sectors.
She has considerable experience in Project Management, Data Security and Governance, Application Support and enjoys problem-solving and using technology to improve efficiency.
Kate has previously been a chair of trustees of a local preschool and has a keen interest in the environment and the arts.
Jo works as a primary school teacher in East London and as a part-time school experience tutor in primary education for the University of Greenwich. She has worked in education for 20 years and has previously worked in business management and retail.
Her experience in education gives her a deep understanding of the importance of the arts in children’s development. She knows how the arts can help children to learn and grow, and she is passionate about making the arts accessible to all children, regardless of their background or ability.
Collaborating artists from past and current projects
Idea Space works with freelance artists and creatives to deliver its bespoke projects, including:
Paula Kane: painting and drawing; visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins.
Julia Colmenares: painting, drawing and printmaking; art history lecturer at London Metropolitan University.
Verity Hayhow: graphic design, illustration and writing.
Adekemi Roluga: film-making, directing and production.
Sonali Bhattacharyya: play- and screen-writer.
Gregg Houston: film-making, live and documentary.
Ikuko Iwamoto: ceramics; Iwamoto’s work is in the collections of the V&A and the Manchester Art Gallery.
Martha Swan: writer- Actor- Voice coach.
Partnership working is an important part of Idea Space delivery. These organisations help us make a positive contribution to local communities:
Jenny Hammond Primary School, SEN team
Cann Hall Road coffee morning group
The Man Den ( kirtsy Jones)