Open Source Arts exists to help you get your show on the road, learn new skills and link into the creative community in Leeds.
We have facilities, opportunities and experienced staff who want to make it easier for you to get on with creating your work and developing as an artist and maker. We enable people to make a positive impact on their wild places via environmental stewardship, empowering local communities to get active and become guardians.
Welcome to this supportive community of people who believe in working together to make the place we live in better for everybody.
Meet Our Team
Owner and Founder of Open Source Arts, with 15+ yr experience working in the events industry at all levels, from litter picker to production manager and event producer. He started Open Source Arts to enable creative people in Leeds to develop their skills, find collaborations and realise their ambitions. He is passionate about spreading the ethos of making your own rather than buying it in, a belief born out of a varied career as a fabricator, producer and consultant. Whatever your project, he is excited to talk to you about how to take your great idea and turn it into reality! Please get in touch!
Project Support Officer
Myra joined the Open Source Arts team in autumn 2017, after 5 years working at Leeds University. Myra brings her excellent project organising skills to Open Source Arts and has dropped perfectly into our growing team, we feel deeply grateful for her experience and calm presence, and strengthened by her support with projects great and small. Myra is leading on project support, so if you have a query about one of our major projects get in touch with Myra or Phil.
Events and Projects Assistant
Izzy is the lead for events and projects at Open Source Arts, and is also a fully qualified ranter, chanter and freedom dancer in her own right. She coordinates the professional dance open training sessions alongside Sophie. Having trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she then went on to complete a Masters as part of Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban. With her deft eye for detail, excellent organisation skills and passion for collaboration and creative community, we feel blessed to have Izzy on board.
Communications and Marketing
Hannah joined the Open Source Arts team in January 2018. Here at Open Source Arts, Hannah leads our marketing and promotional campaigns. As part of her role, Hannah keeps in close communication with the public, press and arts/educational institutions to ensure our programme is a success, as well as designing our digital and print material. She is driven by pushing spaces and projects that celebrate creative learning, arts engagement and collaboration in the community. Alongside this role, Hannah is an arts project producer for a Bradford participatory arts organisation.
João started collaborating with Open Source Arts in 2017, bringing in his creativity and passion for the arts. As a dance artist, João has performed with companies like Rosie Kay Dance Company and Carlos Pons Guerra’s DeNada Dance Theatre; and he has dance nationally and internationally in both vocational and professional contexts. Alongside this, following the completion of the MA in Dance and Creative Enterprise, João begins to work as a creative producer, with the focus of bettering the local arts ecology. (more info: www.joaomaio-dance.com)
Dance Practitioner & Yoga Teacher
Sophie has been with Open Source Arts since the very beginning, and since even before the 2015 floods, helping with the initial creation of the Open Source Arts vision before the radical change which the flooding brought. Sophie works with us on lots of different strands, but has at her heart a passion for movement practice and yoga. She now coordinates regular yoga sessions at Open Source Arts, as well as delivering the weekly professional dance training classes.
Tom has extensive experience in fabrication and the manufacture of sets, props and themed areas, having worked for several large scenic production companies during the last 10 years. Tom brings this experience to Open Source Arts as our workshop technician, and there is little which he cannot create in wood and steel. You can book an appointment to Tom and Phil about fabricating your dream creations by simply sending an email – a chat is free and we are happy to share our experience and expertise freely to help get you going down the right path. It’s great having Tom on the team.
Costume and Textiles Intern
Eleanor is on a 12 month internship as part of her costume and textiles BA at Huddersfield. A skilled maker in all things fabric, Eleanor joined the Open Source Arts team to learn the more practical side of fabrication and how that can be woven into the creation of installations and environments. Already surpassing expectations, we’re over the moon to have her on our team, and you may find yourself benefiting from her diligent eye and experience whilst working on your project here. Eleanor also facilitates the circus open training sessions on Tuesdays.
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