> Individuals

The individuals programme aimed to support and develop disabled and Deaf people to hone their ambition, impact and leadership thinking in the arts sector in the South East. The aim of the individuals programme was to support people to think differently about the control and influence they have, despite and because of the barriers they have experienced in their working lives.

We believe this programme provided the impetus and resources so that those who took part could shape their individual leadership journeys.

Sync South East ensured that each individual became clearer about his or her unique offer and how this might be developed and applied to leadership opportunities and situations through group workshops and 1:1 coaching.

Just click on any of the images here to find out more about who was on the programme and what they felt about being selected (or to find out about them all, click on the members tab above).

Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart

I write shoot and edit films. I perform with Orpheus and The Freewheelers. I write songs. I also run Top Wheel...

Marisa Rehana Mann

Marisa Rehana Mann

I am an artist interested in conservation and sustainable development; this includes people, the environment and wildlife. My covers for an Urdu magazine take us back to when life was sustainable and I am working with another Asian group on projects to do with solar Power and water purity. Currently I am going to France for 3 weeks to work preparing a project with a school and my gallery there on the Catalan donkey, their Cultural symbol but much in decline.

Mark Barber

Mark Barber

I am a professional dancer in Anjali Dance Company. I am also Associate Director of Education. This includes planning workshops, preparing a team of teachers with learning disabilities and then teaching workshops all over the UK. I also do speeches with Nicole, the Artistic Director at many conferences.

Isolte Avila

Isolte Avila

My work is Dance Theatre/ Signdance/ Music and I am interested in the search for truth & truthful expression in performance. I am also interested in the development of disabled/ Deaf dancers' performance vocabulary.

Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward

Caroline makes durational film pieces about space and place, using film and social media to explore the impact of architecture and movement of people through urban spaces to investigate cities and sense of place.

Nicola Anonymous

Nicola Anonymous

I am a registered archivist and work on access and learning programmes using archive material. I wish to explore further how heritage can be used to support an individual’s growth and empowerment. I am currently working on several projects which use film and drama to convey past stories, which, conversely, also uses historical stories as inspiration for the arts.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

I was born deaf. I am a freelance dancer, teacher, actor and choreographer. I like to incorporate sign-language with dance movements, together they form a unique style of dance that I call Signdance.

Jon Pratty

Jon Pratty

I'm a digital publisher and journalist energised by opportunities to build sustainable relationships and lasting partnerships that help people and organisations find creative, cultural voices online.

Rubbena Aurangzeb Tariq

Rubbena Aurangzeb Tariq

My installations and paintings explore how we collect our feelings and thoughts within ourselves and how we learn to contain them within our own personal space and cultural boundaries. The artworks created autonomously express ideas of how one reflects with emotions, cultures, disability and identity.

Pauline Alexander

Pauline Alexander

I am a visual artist and disability equality training consultant. I am committed to personal and professional development and the transformational, revolutional efforts this requires.

Sarah Gordy

Sarah Gordy

I am a passionate and experienced actor with downs syndrome. My career has been driven by imaginative writers and creatives who see my work.

Stevie Rice

Stevie Rice

I'm an arts person. I work as the Director of Dada-South and I'm interested in people's different experiences of disability and creativity.

David Bower

David Bower

I am Signdance Collective's artistic director, actor & film-maker, and a creator of signdance.

Michaela Bayley

Michaela Bayley

I’m a Creature Effects Artist who works within the film & television industry.

Caroline Cardus

Caroline Cardus

Caroline Cardus is a visual artist interested in language, identity and sub-cultures. She originally trained as a painter and printmaker, and now her work covers a range of mediums including digital photography, collage, text based work and steel signage. Some of Caroline's work is about hers and others experience of disability.

Jayne Earnscliffe

Jayne Earnscliffe

I am an access consultant working with arts and heritage organisations to improve their policies, practices and premises to ensure inclusivity.

Rachel Gadsden

Rachel Gadsden

Rachel Gadsden is a British contemporary visual artist who uses figurative narrative art processes to explore notions of what it is to be human. During 2007 and 2008 Rachel was the first Historic Royal Palaces artist in residence at Hampton Court Palace and Rachel is currently also the first artist to be commissioned to work with Parliamentary Outreach for the Breaking Barriers National Exhibition and Project.

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

My name is Gary and I am an artist and film maker. My first short film was about a disabled escort, and my second film was a split screen film commissioned by DADA-South, called 'Coming Out.' I sold my 3rd short film, 'Early One Summer' to an American distribution company. Most things I do stem from my writing, (with the exceptions of painting & photography) and I have worked with disabled people within the arts since 2003.

Liz Porter

Liz Porter

I have worked in the sector for over 15 years, as a freelance inclusive arts project manager, performance storyteller, workshop facilitator and disability arts consultant. I feel passionate about empowerment and passing on our ‘life stories’ skills knowledge and experience. When I work with story (traditional or personal) I love to explore the representation of disability. Our stories and images of ourselves enrich our lives and form a central part of the cultural fabric of the social history of Disability. They matter, and are a strong source of inspiration to me.

Mandie Saw

Mandie Saw

I am a practising artist working in a wide variety of media, but especially sculpture. For the last sixteen years I have worked in the community running/facilitating workshops. I co-founded 'Artscape' an arts related group based in Petersfield for adults in the early stages of recovery from long and enduring mental health issues. I'm also involved with many other projects including 'Outside In', 'Metal Monkeys' and 'Creative Response'

Joel Howie

Joel Howie

Joel is a painter he prefers to work in oils on canvas but as he isn't always able to go to his studio to work he has mastered watercolours (being more practical), but in a perfect world he would choose to paint in oils on large canvases.

Anya Ustaszewski

Anya Ustaszewski

Musician, Activist, Autistic - interviewed

Marc Steene

Marc Steene

I am currently the Head of Learning at Pallant House Gallery and have been employed at the Gallery for eight years, initially as an Outreach Officer. I am an artist and trained as such at Bath Academy of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In my late twenties I had a period of clinical depression that had a profound effect on my life.

Mike Fryer

Mike Fryer

Sensations from nature provoke an emotional response from a particular motif around which I construct a painting. Nature is not slavishly copied but the sensations are submitted to the necessity of making a picture in which the compositional elements are brought into unity over the whole surface to achieve stability. The painting is a response to God’s creation in all its varied forms, its glorious colour, dynamism and vitality.

David Dixon

David Dixon

I am an installation artist interested in the nature of perception and the uncertainty of binary divisions. My work refers to the research of modern physics, and philosophical dialogues of impermanence, drawing on concepts that harness uncertainty. Over the last few years, my work has been evolving into a more process oriented exploration, which places an ever increasing emphasis on the network: whether cognitive, biological or social.

Jon Adams

Jon Adams

Dyslexic Visual Artist and Composer who 'plays' with the transformation of the 'ordinary' and concepts of the 'hidden' and what is 'normal'. All his work is autobiographical working within 'science and arts' and dysmonumentalist public arts.

Monika Akila Richards

Monika Akila Richards

Akila is also an experienced practitioner - employed and freelance in the arts, cultural and diversity sector combined. Her passion is to empower artists and practitioners that do not neatly fit in a convential way.

Sylvia Bernat

Sylvia Bernat

Syliva is a French/Spanish visual artist studying graphic identity, cities in motion and shifting landscapes through content curation, video painting, social media art and abstract photography.

Charlie Stephens

Charlie Stephens

Hi my name is Charlie and I am interested in art, especially painting. I go to Project Art Works in Hastings, and with them develop my work as an artist.

Caroline Coates

Caroline Coates

I am an illustrator and Arts Development Professional mainly interested in developing engagement with the Arts.

Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

My work has spanned a host of different areas within Deaf and disability arts, from performer, development officer, producer, arts council officer and initiator, with the past few years working on projects that focused on the professional development of deaf and disabled people within the arts. Lately, I’ve stepped towards investigating my own creativity, returning to ‘source’ as it were. In a way this is tender, I’m venturing into unchartered territory, approaching forms of expression that are new for me.

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