A little bit about the directors...
Anne Timpson is a producer and project manager who has worked in community and arts engagement in West Cumbria for 18 years. Formerly Arts Development Officer with Allerdale and Copeland Borough Council’s, she established Rosehill’s Taking part Programme, The Cumbria Family Arts Network, Frame (West Cumbria Cultural Education Partnership), and undertakes arts development consultancy work primarily aimed at growing arts infrastructure in Cumbria. Recent projects she has produced include Snappy Operas (2016 -20) (for Mahogany Opera and Rosehill Theatre), Michael’s Magical Menagerie (2021) (for Trellis Arts and Cumbria Music Education Hub), Creative Connections (2018-21) (Rosehill Theatre), Let’s Create Activity Packs (2020-21) (for Frame, West Cumbria Young Carers and Arts council England), Midsummer Dreaming and At Autumn’s Mellowing in 2019 and The Promise Opera (2021) (under the banner of Handpicked Productions). Anne is currently Project Manager for Theatre with Prism Arts.
Simon Walker is the current Chair of the Egremont and Area Regeneration Partnership, which runs Florence Arts Centre (FAC). He is a Stakeholder Engagement Manager for National Nuclear Laboratory within the Bid Team and also leads on Social Value within that area and plays an active role in leading corporate engagement with schools. Previously, he managed the development of an arts centre in north London (artsdepot, in north Finchley) and was the programme manager for the community and economic regeneration of Egremont, leading amongst other initiatives, the development of the town’s innovative arts strategy with Grizedale Arts, which led to the establishing of FAC. He studied music, philosophy and art history and has an MA in Aesthetics and the Visual Arts and a post graduate diploma in Leading Sustainable Communities. He attended the National Arts Fundraising School in 2000 and has a track record of successful fundraising from Arts Council England, European Union, HMG and a large number of local and national trusts and foundations.
Janice Murray is a visual artist and community engagement specialist. She studied Visual Studies and Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. She then worked on community arts projects in Oxford and London before moving back to her home town of Whitehaven in 2001. Janice ran the Art Department Howgill Family Centre in West Cumbria for 14. During this time she developed Howgill Arts from a run of the mill community service to an award winning and highly respected arts organisation. Employing engaged practice techniques she has collaborated with artists such as Robyn Woolston (Liverpool Art Prize winner), Jai Redman, Alistair Hudson (MIMA) and Adam Sutherland (Grizedale Arts). The Howgill Guardian (Open Me Dream Be), The Shop at Howgill and A Happy Place have been met with great acclaim both locally and nationally. Currently Janice works for Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven as their Creative Connections practitioner. Here she engages and inspires adults and children using the theatres unique cultural heritage as inspiration.
Debbie Graham is a graphic designer and art director. She studied graphic design and creative writing at Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Moving into publishing in her early career she worked in pre-press at Newsquest Kendal then onto designer for Cumbria Life Magazine before returning to Newsquest to become a regional studio manager working throughout the Northwest. Debbie returned to West Cumbria working in the arts sector becoming marketing manager at Rosehill theatre. During this time she continued to work on a freelance basis working on community engagement projects like Maryport Matters, the local community engagement magazine run by Ewanrigg Local Trust and their award winning mental health campaign WEWLL and the signposting and support service HUG A MUG. She has supported and ran local visual communication campaigns for over 10 years working with organisations such as Rosehill theatre, The Green Room restaurant, Rosehill Taking Part, Handpicked Productions, Mahogany Opera Group, Cumbria Family Arts Network. She constantly strives in everything visual.