1–2–1s with Kaleidoscope Guest

Deadline: 11 June 2023

EOP members opportunity.
Sign up for a 1-2-1 with members of staff from The NewBridge Project, Primary or Spike Island.

Saphia Abrahamovitch-Venner (Spike Island)
Thursday 13 July, 12pm

Dan Russell (The NewBridge Project)
Wednesday, 19 July, 2pm

Colette Griffin (Primary)
Monday, 24 July, 3pm and 4pm

To express your interest in a 1-2-1 with Saphia (saphia.venner@spikeisland.org.uk),  Dan (dan@thenewbridgeproject.com), or Colette (colette@weareprimary.org), please email them directly saying that you are an EOP member, and why you would be interested in talking to them. Email before Sunday, 11 June 2023. 


Saphia Abrahamovitch-Venner is Assistant Curator at Spike Island in Bristol where she works on artist development and engagement programmes. Saphia manages Spike Island Associates, a membership network of artists, writers, curators, designers and creative practitioners, built on a culture of collaboration and experimentation. She also works on Spike Island’s public engagement activities, curating events for children, young people and local residents. With a degree in Illustration, Saphia’s artistic interests span the worlds of design and architecture, as well as materials and processes including collage, sculpture and installation. Her curatorial interests focus on arts facilitation, and connecting people, places and spaces. Saphia is also a member of the Creative Access Steering Group, working to improve diversity and inclusion across the UK’s creative industries.

Colette Griffin is a curator, creative producer, and artist based in Nottingham. Her interests centre on commissioning and programming that explores the architecture of our lives, everyday experiences, actions, and interactions. In 2021, Colette became Regional Director of CVAN EM the free-to-access Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the East Midlands, celebrating and supporting arts and culture in the region. Colette is Artist Development Curator at Primary, an artist-led space in Nottingham. Here she identifies and generates opportunities for creatives. Previous experience includes working with New Midlands Group, Mansions of the Future (Lincoln), Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Ikon Gallery (Birmingham).

Dan Russell (b. Birkenhead, 1985) is an artist who works with people and doesn’t have a specific medium or discipline. 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 his favourite methods are bringing people together, developing ideas, not reinventing the wheel and dealing with the future. He works part-time for the NewBridge Project as their Artist Development Programmer, looking after The Collective Studio and Practice Makes Practice programmes and getting involved in all aspects of the organisation. Outside this mixes up freelance community art commissions with moonlighting in the Art and Architecture+Urban Planning departments at Newcastle University.

About the Kaleidoscope Network
If you are an EOP Member you are also automatically a Kaleidoscope Network Member. The Kaleidoscope Network is a collaboration between Spike Island (Bristol) Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Primary (Nottingham) and The NewBridge Project (Newcastle). Formed in response to a need for mutual support, the network has come together as a way to share resources, increase what each partner is able to offer and create new connections between communities of artists.