Meet the movers and shakers of Sidmouth School of Art
David ShrigleyArtist (Founding Trustee)
Studied at Glasgow School of Art, best known for his drawings: often witty, funny, sarcastic, in tune observations about life and the universe that help to make us feel better. His sculpture Really Good was installed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth plinth 2016-2018. David received an OBE in 2020.
Louise ColeDevelopment Director (Founding Trustee)
Ideas and solutions person, who usually finds a way to realise an ambition. Loves working with people to find their strengths and create new collaborations. Good at the strategy and management stuff, direction of travel and planning how to get there.
Coco HodgkinsonArtistic Director (Founding Trustee)
Creative and a maker. A community artist, excels at helping others to have a go and create. Talented at "seeing" what might work and how to get there. Coco shapes the creative side of our projects and liaises with the artists.
Ian BarlowEntrepreneur (Founding Trustee)
Pounces on new ideas with energy and passion to make a difference. Balances risk with business minded innovation and gives and takes a challenge. Ian has an eye for fundraising.
Sam is an inspirational art educationalist, lead practioner art, design and digital media at Coombeshead Academy and artist who goes by the name of Same Year.
The talented, multiskilled creative team behind Sidmouth School of Art:
Peter is the Lead Artist of WAVEParticle in Glasgow. Peter brings amazing experience from his innovative work in public art and regeneration. As a mentor to SSA he challenges and stretches our thinking.
Mike HawkridgeTech specs & intellectual property
Photographer inspired by architecture and abstract who is a leading light in Sidmouth Photographic Club. Mike's work has featured in the Wallspace artwork, Fragments of Sidmouth.
Creative copywriter who has worked for some of the world's biggest brands, design agencies and not-for-profit organisations.
Jonny KatesDigital Designer
Freelance web developer, creative designer and digital consultant.
Award-winning photographer who won Portrait of Britain in 2021, Sarah is renowned for portraiture, weddings, special events and capturing moments in time as featured in the Wallspace artwork, Sense of Place.
Seb is a local videographer with a passion for Sidmouth whose narrative film work helps to tell the story of our projects. He has a wide ranging portfolio making music videos, commercials and short form documentaries.
Tara GreifenbergMarketing & Campaigns
Tara studied theatre and art in Exeter and later film & TV in London. She lives in Sidmouth and works as a photographer, videographer and mixed media artist for campaigns and branding.
Simon VacherDirector of Photography & Videography
Simon is a filmmaker whose vision for storytelling through film is exceptional. He brings worldwide experience as a professional camera operator and video editor in broadcast television - current affairs, documentary and sport, corporate video production and commercials.
Jess GreenSocial Media Design Creative
Jess a final year undergraduate at Leeds Arts University, grew up in Sidmouth and is putting her recent learning into practice supporting design work and development of our social media channels. Jess specialises in illustration, branding and design.