VAP Activators

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VAP Activators meet once per month to drive Visual Arts Plymouth’s activities. Outside of these meetings, VAP Activators carry out tasks and form working-groups to achieve a range of public & behind-the-scenes activity, including:

  • fundraising for VAP projects, resource gathering & budget management
  • recruiting and selecting project-specific staff
  • steering Plymouth Art Weekender
  • steering VAP’s Talent Development scheme
  • strategic development of Plymouth’s grassroots arts activity
  • identifying and generating opportunities to link between arts, education & outreach activity in the city

All VAP Activators participate in Visual Arts Plymouth on a voluntary, unpaid basis, although those who work for VAP’s Supporting Organisations are often supported to attend meetings as part of their salaried roles.

Membership to Visual Arts Plymouth is selected by an open call process supported by Visual Arts South West. Membership of VAP is capped at 15 members, although additional members can be invited to apply by existing VAP activators (as appropriate for different projects). VAP Activators remain in post for 12 months, with the option to extend for a further 6 or 12 months.


  • Rachael Allain – artist, educator & researcher
  • Sarah Chapman – artist, Director of Peninsula Arts & co-founder of PVAC (VAP Co-Chair)
  • Peter Davey – artist, Flameworks member, community organiser (Stonehouse Action / Union Street Party), Chair of Timebank Stonehouse, co-founder Tribe Magazine & WonderZoo, facilitator for Culture and Arts Network (CAN)
  • Lucy Davies – singer, sonic artist, ~hotwire~ member & Research Impact Officer at Plymouth University,  (VAP Co-Chair)
  • Vickie Fear – independent producer and curator, 1/3 of Counter & Producer with We The People Are The Work
  • Francesca Hawkesworth – Project Coordinator at Ocean Studios 
  • Laura Hopes – artist & educator, current MA Fine Art student at Plymouth University
  • Donna Howard – artist & Business Director at KARST
  • Ian Hutchinson – independent curator, producer, fundraiser and arts development consultant, Development Manager for Groundwork South & co-founder of PVAC
  • Dominic Marcellus-Temple – artist & Flameworks member
  • Judith Robinson – Partnerships Officer (Cultural and Creative Programmes) at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery;Arts and Cultural Development Manager for the Arts & Heritage Service of Plymouth City Council; PCMAG; Vice Chair of PVAC; member of VASW Steering Group;
  • Lucy Stella Rollins – Assistant Curator at Plymouth Arts Centre
  • Ellen Sims – Head of Learning and Teaching at Plymouth College of Art, artist & member of the Nascent Art Science Collective
  • Kitty McEwan – artist, leader and co-founder of YEA Plymouth, curator of Plymouth Zine Library, student at Plymouth College of Art, & local arts blogger (VAP Young Activator)



  • B Aga -Creative Director at i-DAT
  • Erin Bailey – artist & educator
  • Edith Doove – independent curator, Head of BA Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art
  • Rosie King – artist & studio holder at KARST
  • Leigh Mason – Business Development Director of Ocean Studios.
  • Lee Mc Donald – artist
  • Beth Emily Richards – artist, researcher & co-founder of Project Space 11 and Come To Ours
  • Alan Schechner – artist & Head of School of Art & Media and Associate Dean: Creative Industries at Plymouth University
  • Ray White – Curator at Effervescent &Commercial and Buildings Manager at Radiant