1-2-1’s with Bloc Projects, NewBridge Projects, Primary and Spike Island

Deadline: 31 May 2024

A photo of Colette Griffin. It's a side vie, she is watching something out of shot to our right and is smiling. She's resting her chin on her hand and her straight, blonde hair is cut into a very sharp bob with a perfectly straight fringe.   A photo of Dan Russell, a tall slim white man with glasses and a receding hairline. He looks straight at the camera and is wearing a bright yellow shirt jacket. Behind him are shelves with books lined up on them, front cover facing outwards.   An image of a yound white man with short blod hair and a moustache. He is sitting ineiether a studio or a gallery space with white walls and grey floor. He is surrounded by neatly positioned minimal artworks. He is wearing black trousers and clue socks which perfectly match the colour of his top.

A white woman in a red jump suit dances in her bedroom. Her head is blurred. 


Each year as part of the Kaleidoscope programme we offer 1-2-1’s with members of staff from the different partner organisations. This is a great chance to get feedback from someone new, and to meet people with diverse backgrounds and practices who are connected to networks across the country.

All the 1-2-1’s will be online and hosted on Zoom. This year we have five slots on offer:

Thursday 06 June, 11am–12pm: Thomas Griffiths, Meanwhile Space + Membership Facilitator at Bloc Projects in Sheffield.

Tuesday 18 June, 2–3pm: Colette Griffin, Artist Development Curator at Primary in Nottingham

Wednesday 19 June 12–1pm: Saphia Abrahamovitch-Venner, Assistant Curator: Artist Development and Engagement at Spike Island in Bristol

Wednesday 19 June 1–2pm: Dan Russell, Artists and Artist Development Programmer at NewBridge Projects in Newcastle.

Friday 21 June 4–5pm: Maya Wallis, Bookshop and Reading Room Coordinator at NewBridge Projects in Newcastle.

Find out more about everyone by reading their full bios below.



ClICK HERE and complete a simple form

Deadline: Friday 31 May

You’ll need to let us know who you are, who you would like to meet, and what you hope to get out of a 1-2-1, ie what you would like to talk about.




Colette Griffin  is a curator, arts writer and artist mentor based in Nottingham. Her interests and research centre on commissioning and programming that explores the architecture of our lives, the institutions and expectations that continue to shape everyday experiences, actions, and interactions. Colette also provides mentoring provision and supports artists with access requirements in developing, writing and submitting funding applications to Arts Council England. 

Colette is Artist Development Curator (part-time) at Primary. Here she leads on the development and implementation of the organisation’s Artist Development Strategy, working alongside residents and partners to identify and generate opportunities for creatives based at Primary and working across the UK.

In 2021, she became the Regional Director (part-time) of CVAN East Midlands, part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network. From 2020-2022, she delivered the New Midland Group Development Programme, an 18-month Arts Council England funded project looking to provide routes into contemporary art and better understand and articulate the value of artist development. Previously, Colette was Curator at Mansions of the Future, an arts and cultural hub in Lincoln adopting an approach which privileged social, site-specific, and collaborative ways of working. Other previous experience includes working with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. 



Saphia Abrahamovitch-Venner is Assistant Curator: Artist Development and Engagement at Spike Island in Bristol. Saphia coordinates Spike Island Associates, a professional development network of artists, writers, curators, designers and creative practitioners, built on a culture of collaboration and experimentation. She also curates Spike Island’s public engagement activities, including workshops and tours for children, young people and local residents; as well as Spike Island Open Studios.

Saphia’s curatorial interests centre around arts facilitation – connecting people and places; and exploring the physicality of materials and processes. Saphia has also worked with diversity, equity and inclusion organisations Creative Access (London), A New Direction (London) and Creative Youth Network (Bristol), mentoring young people from diverse backgrounds and supporting them through the early stages of their arts careers.



Maya Wallis is the Bookshop and Reading Room Coordinator at NewBridge which means managing the day to day running of the bookshop and library space, as well as programming events related to both sites. She’s  interested in supporting artists to interact with bookshop and library spaces through writing, research, publishing and print practices.

Maya is also an artist whose practice is rooted in blending writing and visual arts into some kind of ‘aesthetic fiction’. She co-runs Albion Row Studios alongside Hannah Christy and Sabina Sallis.

Dan Russell is an artist who works with people. He could be called a social practitioner or socially engaged artist. His favoured approach is working in an open, process-led and longer-term way and he uses entertaining methods to bring people together, tease out their interests and develop ideas. He works part-time for the NewBridge Project as the Artist Development Programmer and uses a lot of these same social practice techniques in this role. He’s adept at helping people structure projects, build genuine networks and collaborations, and secure funding for realising ideas. He’s not very good at doing the latter for his own practice.

 Outside NewBridge he does freelance collaborative and community-based art projects; access support for artists; and moonlights in the art department at Newcastle University.



Thomas Griffiths is a Sheffield and Manchester based artist and curator, and the Meanwhile Space + Membership Facilitator and Bloc Projects. Their practice is influenced by public and hidden spaces. Through playful use of materiality and symbolism, the work aims to infiltrate and divert attention towards the overlooked, highlighting nuances of working-class culture and queer identity. Sensual-yet-gauche representations combine with tongue-in-cheek humour to convey these narratives. With interest in the relationship between identity and space, identifiable objects and symbols are often reimagined and recontextualised, giving a new interpretation (often coded) in relation to the queer lens.

Alongside their artistic practice, they are a co-director and curator of GLOAM, an artist-led grassroots gallery and studio space, Sheffield.