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; whilst at the same time opening the doors to this welcoming & supportive community of people who believe in working together to make the place we live in better for everybody.
We enable people to make a positive impact on their wild places via environmental stewardship, empowering local communities to get active and become guardians.
Meet the 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.
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.
Sound Engineer & Handyworker
Steven joined our team in Autumn 2017, bringing his experience as a sound technician and AV maestro to the Open Source Arts team. As well as excellent technical skills, Steven joins Phil or Tom when working on larger builds and projects and is a capable assistant if you need some general practical guidance when using our manufacturing workshops, drawing on his experience working in exhibitions and the events industry. Rarely even seen to frown, we are grateful and continually delighted to have him 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.
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 weekly yoga sessions at Open Source Arts, as well as delivering the professional dance training classes which run on Thursday mornings.
João joined Open Source Arts in Feb 2017 and brings us the gift of famous Portuguese hospitality to Open Source Arts as well as a passion for cleanliness and making it a beautiful place to be in. Alongside this he is currently enrolled in the MA in Dance and Creative Enterprise at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance as an introduction to the arts management world as well working as a professional dance artist and dance teacher.
Livy joined the Open Source Arts team in January 2018 and works closely with Izzy, Hannah and Laura to assist in all things marketing for our events and projects. With experience in graphic design, she also lends a hand designing our posters and other marketing material. She works part-time at a Leeds based arts charity as well.
Hannah joined the Open Source Arts team in January 2018 as one of our two promotions assistants with Laura. Here at Open Source Arts she will be working with the community on promoting and marketing. Alongside this role, Hannah works as a store display artist, a freelance digital content marketer and an independent card designer and sign-writer.