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Meet our staff

Meet the team at Leicester Print Workshop

Lucy Phillips – Director

Lucy came to Leicester Print Workshop as a volunteer and a trustee in 2007 and became Director in 2008.

In the twenty years before arriving at LPW she studied the History of Art, Design and Film at Sheffield Polytechnic, worked as operations manager for an arts and crafts events company and then as a fundraiser for a number of charities. Since 2004 Lucy has worked part time as a development consultant in the voluntary sector and from 2007 to 2011 she ran an online and pop up gallery selling domestic ceramics and original prints.

Lucy currently chairs the steering committee for CVAN (EM) (East Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network) and is a member of Leicester’s Cultural Advisory Board.

Nichola Hingley – Studio Manager

Nichola completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking at Manchester Metroplitan University in 2006. She has been a member of LPW since 2007. In 2008 she became an LPW technician and in 2012 was appointed as our Studio Manager.

Nichola also studied a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University and became a qualified teacher for post 16 and above in 2011. Nichola teaches here at LPW on our course programme in a variety of techniques, and also on our education programme within schools and at offsite venues.

Throughout this time Nichola has exhibited her monoprints and mono silkscreen prints (seen in this photo) at a number of different galleries, exhibitions and at art fairs around the country.

Nichola is Mummy to Isaac and River and they are very much her life right now, so new work is on hold for a little while, but ideas are always being generated and stored away for some future free time.

Grace Boland – Operations Manager

Driven by a passion to facilitate creativity, Grace has acquired over ten years’ experience working within arts management in the UK and Ireland. Having gained a BA in Art History and English Literature, and an MA in Arts Management along the way, Grace has worked within museums, local authority arts offices, commercial galleries and not for profit arts organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.

Grace is particularly interested Arts Education and has most recently gained a PGCE before moving to Leicester in 2014, where she has been working within the Education sector, exploring the possibilities for collaboration between the arts and the national curriculum.

Katharine Brown – Communications & Admin Officer

Katharine joined Leicester Print Workshop as a volunteer in 2008 and became our Administrator and Project Worker in 2009. In April 2013 she started working as our Communications and Admin Officer.

Katharine completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University in 2004. During her degree, Katharine concentrated on photographic work using 35mm and 8mm film. Upon completing her degree, Katharine began designing hand-drawn posters for a music venue in Nottingham, and it was this path that led into printmaking and the discovery of Leicester Print Workshop.

Katharine is a musician, playing drums in two musical projects, Kogumaza (Low Point/Lancashire & Somerset) and Rattle (I Own You/Upset The Rhythm), as well as the guitar in a variety of projects including Ex-Easter Island Head’s Large Ensemble and most recently Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra.

Kate Da’Casto – Studio & Outreach Worker, Etching Specialism

Kate graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Leicester DMU in 2010 and won 3 awards with her final year work, one of which was LPW’s graduate award which saw Kate become a member and volunteer at the studio.

Having exhibited her work nationally and been a member of The Attic art collective, Kate became LPW’s AiR for 2014 and spent 3 months based at Compton Verney where she created new work in response to the British Museum’s Curious Beasts exhibition. Kate has a teaching qualification and teaches at LPW as part of our course programme . She joined the staff team as a Studio Worker with responsibility for the Education delivery in 2016.

Although Kate specialises in etching in her art practice she also teaches monoprint, collograph, drypoint and book making. Her wider art practice includes watercolour, collage, sculpture, screenprinting and digital work. She has an unfeasibly large collection of ’70s cookery books.

Serena Smith – Studio & Outreach Worker, Lithography Specialism

Serena Smith is an artist and printmaker. Following initial study in Fine Art she worked at the Curwen Studio for twelve years where she trained as a studio lithographer and produced work collaboratively for many artists. Her work now includes a range of educational, technical and collaborative projects alongside her own studio practice. Serena’s work on paper is regularly exhibited in the East Midlands and further afield.

Serena recently collaborated with artist Richard Devereux to produce new work for the exhibition Practical Dialogue.

See more of her work here

Theo Miller – Studio & Exhibitions Worker

Theo joined Leicester Print Workshop as an Artist in Residence to celebrate Our Big Move. Theo is passionate about printmaking and its many beautiful processes: his artistic practice approaches and reflects this.

Theo gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at De Montfort University in 2014. There he founded De Montfort University’s Fine Art Society, giving himself and fellow students and artists a platform to curate exhibitions across Leicester. Theo’s degree show work was awarded the LPW Printmaking Prize, through which Theo became connected with the Leicester Print Workshop.

See more of Theo’s work here.

Elizabeth Hawley – Coordinator, CVANEM

Elizabeth is Coordinator for the Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands, part of the national CVAN established to help strengthen the visual arts sector in the regions, which is hosted by Leicester Print Workshop. As Coordinator, Liz organises events and projects, promotes contemporary visual arts activity in the East Midlands and creates opportunities for networking and exchange.

Until recently, Liz worked as a freelance visual arts practitioner, specialising in project management, workshop facilitation and professional development. She has worked with clients that include UK Young Artists, Birmingham and Coventry Contemporary Art Fora, the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Own Art, Turning Point West Midlands, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and The New Art Gallery Walsall. She studied History of Art at the University of East Anglia, since which time she has worked at Spike Island, Tate Liverpool and Arts Council England.

Whilst she doesn’t have an arts practice herself, she is passionate about the visual arts and particularly enjoys supporting artists to develop their practice. She spends a lot of her free time visiting exhibitions and attending events, as well as enjoying live music, long walks and horse riding.

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