Who we are

Meet the team

The Idea Space team is made up of dedicated artists, volunteers, and professionals who are passionate about making positive change through the arts. They’re essential to our success, and their work has a direct impact on the lives of the communities that we serve.

Our artists are experts in their fields, and bring great knowledge and experience. They develop and deliver our workshops, programmes, and events. They work with community members to create new and innovative arts projects.

Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting the workshops and reaching out to communities to promote our programmes. They are an essential part of the team.

Our trustees take charge of the governance and oversight of the charity, helping us achieve our mission of making a positive change through the arts, using their amazing wealth of experience and expertise.

Vicky Coffey

Vicky Coffey

Founder / Director

Vicky set up Idea Space in 2019, in response to the lack of accessible high-quality arts provision in her local area. She is an artist with a wealth of experience designing and delivering arts projects for communities in East London. She has a strong passion for using the arts to empower people and create positive social change.

Previously worked for an arts charity in Poplar, East London, for 15 years. She has experience of working on housing estates, youth centres, schools , libraries, and  theatre. 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 Moffatt

Laura Moffatt

Development officer

Laura is an experienced project manager in the visual arts. Her role 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.

Suzanna Maas

Suzanna Maas

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 Agba-Butler

Faith Agba-Butler

Youth Ambassador

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 our projects as a Youth Ambassador.

Rizvana Asgher

Rizvana Asgher

Volunteer

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.

Trustees

Heidi Agbenyo-Kwao

Heidi Agbenyo-Kwao

Chair

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 Carvill

Kate Carvill

Trustee

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.

Joanne Moss

Joanne Moss

Trustee

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.

Idea Space is an ArtsMark Partner

 

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England. It recognises our commitment to high-quality arts and cultural education.

Artists, partners & collaborators

Collaborating artists from past and current projects

We work 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 screenwriter.

Gregg Houston: film-making, live and documentary.

Sabrina Tirvengadum: Graphic design, film-making; co-founder of  We’re all human.

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.

Partners

Our partnership working is an important part of Idea Space delivery. These organisations help us make a positive contribution to local communities:

Waltham Forest Adult Learning Services

Waltham Forest Young Advisors

Kiran Support Services

Worth Unlimited

The Royal Court Theatre/ Open Court

The Barbican outreach team 

Foundation for Future London/Westfield

The Farm Community Kitchen

Jenny Hammond Primary School, SEN team

Cann Hall Womens’ Foundation

Cann Hall Road coffee morning group

The Man Den ( kirtsy Jones)

Leyton Orient Trust

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