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

Philip Marken

Philip Marken

Director

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!

Email: phil@opensourcearts.co.uk

Myra Rowland

Myra Rowland

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.

Email: myra.rowland@opensourcearts.co.uk

Izzy Brittain

Izzy Brittain

Creative Practitioner, Teacher & Organiser

Izzy is an interdisciplinary artist working across dance and performance poetry. She coordinates dance open training alongside Sophie, runs weekly open dance classes and was instrumental in leading the development of our diverse programme of events. She is also a passionate and playful yoga teacher.

Email: isabel.brittain@opensourcearts.co.uk

Hannah Burgess

Hannah Burgess

Communications and Marketing

Hannah started working with Open Source Arts in January 2018. Here at Open Source Arts, Hannah leads our marketing and communications. As part of her role, Hannah maintains and develops the communication with public, press and arts/educational institutions to ensure our in-house programme and out-of-house projects are a success. 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 producer for a Bradford participatory arts charity.

Email: hannah.burgess@opensourcearts.co.uk

João Maio

João Maio

Creative Producer

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 taught 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)

Email: joao.maio@opensourcearts.co.uk

Sophie Hutchinson

Sophie Hutchinson

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.

Email: sophie.hutchinson@opensourcearts.co.uk

Jacob Justice

Jacob Justice

Events Programmer

Jacob began working with Open Source Arts at the start of 2019, and runs events in the space. As a performance artist, both individually and as part of his collective HalliGalli, Jacob has a passion for making art as accessible and engaging as possible. This is a key philosophy that underlines all of his work with OSA.

Email: jacob.justice@opensourcearts.co.uk

Jason Mclelland

Jason Mclelland

Jason began working with Open Source Arts at the end of 2018. He is an easy going (most of the time) fitness loving veggie with a penchant for houseplants. Jason is a handy man to have around, with strong skills for fixing and tinkering, helping us in sprucing up the venue.

Jess Zara

Jess Zara

Environmental Engagement and Sustainability

Jess is leading on our menu of environmental, maker and recycling activities at Open Source Arts. She has a deep interest in environmental and sustainable topics, and has spent a significant portion of time in Peru working on these as well as in the UK.

Email: jess.zara@opensourcearts.co.uk

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