Russ Coleman: Russ has worked in the field of public art for the past 25 years. Before formal arts training Russ was a monumental stone mason and builder. His extensive knowledge of materials and techniques enable him to bring a wide range of skills and a practical dimension to his projects. Over two decades Russ has worked as both lead artist and as maker/production manager working with others. He has collaborated closely to create unusual celebrations and commemorations of people, places, and things. He was the production manager for the acclaimed Comedy Carpet, Blackpool. Russ has been resident in Newcastle for the past 10 years and has a studio in North Shields. He worked with Rob Walton on the New Hartley Memorial Pathway and Concrete 64 for the Fountain 17 exhibition (Hull, London, Stoke), and solo work has been exhibited at the Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and St. Katherine Docks in London. Recent public commissions include the Pelton Memorial and more work at Filey. Workshops include The Bowes Museum, St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead and Newcastle University School of Architecture.
Rob Walton: In 2017 Rob’s writing will feature in Shoestring Press, two publications from the Emma Press, Bennison Books, Ink, Sweat & Tears and others. He works as a writer, performer, facilitator and teacher. He has a Creative Arts degree and a Masters in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. His published work includes flash fiction, poetry, short stories, gardening articles, columns on football and related topics, as well as resources for schoolchildren and their teachers. He won the National Flash Fiction Day micro-fiction competition in 2015 and was a featured poet on 2016’s National Poetry Day website. He has also written for performance, including Enchanted Parks (Newcastle Gateshead Initiative/Magnetic Events,), and various pantomimes. He has extensive experience of working in schools and with other community groups. Rob has worked as a solo performer and with The Big Fun Club and others. He has taught adults and children in a variety of settings from schools to Newcastle’s Lit and Phil. He is a member of the Society of Authors.
Zoë Lambert: Zoë came to Newcastle in 1985 to study Creative and Performing Arts at Northumbria University. Since graduating, she has been working professionally as an actor and musician, working with companies such as Open Clasp, Northumberland Touring, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Bruvvers and Monster Productions. Outside the region she has worked with Northern Broadsides, Bolton Octagon and West Yorkshire Playhouse. She is a member of the Natural Theatre Company. She has led theatre and singing workshops with a variety of age groups. She has performed a one-woman show by Julia Darling, Personal Belongings, at Live Theatre and The Edinburgh Festival, and a song cycle of Julia's poems, Sudden Collapses in Public Places, at The Sage Gateshead. She has experience of Theatre-In-Education and community based work. In 2016 she toured with Northern Broadsides’ When We Are Married, and in 2017 is working on her fourth show with Open Clasp Theatre Company.
Jude Thomas: Jude's background is engagement and creative pedagogy. As Learning Manager for Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) and part time Lecturer for the MA Fine Art and Education course at Northumbria University, Jude's focus is on creative teaching and learning. Prior to joining the team at CCE, Jude worked at Waygood, Liverpool Biennial and BALTIC. She uses lens-based media (which include pinhole photography) and has plenty of experience of delivering community based workshops. Jude is also undertaking a practise-based PhD at Northumbria University, her area of study concentrates on artist-led learning programmes within the context of collaborative practice. As an artist educator her practice connects with notions of collaboration, participation and engagement at different levels. Her research considers a new model of working, for artists wishing to engage with contemporary art through audience engagement, with a focus on operating through making and doing, rather than emulating or passive viewing. This role may be described as that of an artist facilitator.