The Blackhorse Team:
Lucy Dear is lead facilitator for The Agency. She is also a freelance community arts practitioner specialising in working with young people on social change projects. She trained in Applied Theatre at Queen Mary University of London, and in directing young people at Central School of Speech and Drama. She has twelve years experience of designing and delivering projects for The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Old Vic, The Unicorn Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Chickenshed.
Jenny Dewhirst is the Workshop's Finance & Operations Director and has been involved since the first year with making the Workshop financially sustainable. She has spent 20 years in the non-profit sector working with organisations from the National Portrait Gallery and Open University to the Ministry of Stories and Camden Arts Centre.
Rob Fawcett is one of our Technical and Creative Managers. Having served an apprenticeship as a mould-maker in Middlesborough, he progressed to leading a design office, all within the plastics industry. After a year living his dream as a development engineer for the Honda motorcycle race team in America, he moved to London where he studied film, specialising in cinematography. Owning his own workshop has meant his making side never lapsed, and he has worked on an eclectic range of commissions from electro-mechanical window displays to prototyping for shoe designers.
Jerome Ince-Mitchell is our assistant facilitator for our Agency programme. Jerome is also an artists council member for a-n; working to increase opportunities for visual artists nationally, and has recently graduated from the MA Painting programme at the Royal College of Art. He is interested in new ways that artists can work with their communities to facilitate a sustainable sense of agency. Working with painting, installation, curation and performance, his work is rooted in his experiences of living in London.
Julie Lee is our Office Manager and has come from a background in film and media – working with charities and not-for-profit organisations as a web editor and comms assistant. From Film London to the Heritage Lottery Fund, she has enjoyed a varied career in the creative industries. She dabbles in a bit of music, a bit of a cooking, collects fashion editorial and likes getting lost in the hills.
Mhairi McGhee is the workshop’s Programme and Membership Manager. After graduating from Grays School of Art in Aberdeen she then completed an MA in Film Production and has since worked for a variety of Film and Arts festivals. As well as her own artistic practice, she has curated film screenings and exhibitions within the UK and Holland – where she lived for two years. She is passionate about community art projects, and a lover of making things across various media.
Enrique Melin is one of our Technical and Creative Managers. As well as assisting in the workshop and running our Woodwork Inductions and Woodturning courses, he is a furniture maker and woodturner, and runs his own business making bespoke pieces. Being a long-term member, he is also very passionate about the life of the workshop and was involved in the build of the new extension, Sideshow and the Atomic 50 education projects.
Xenia Moseley is Project Manager for The Agency. She first came to Blackhorse in 2015 as a member, where she produced furniture pieces and art work after training as a designer. Since, she's lived in California and New York working for socially engaged art organisations and on her own projects, which have exhibited at Victoria and Albert Museum, Southbank Centre, and featured in the Independent and CRAFTS magazine. Alongside The Agency she runs Curiosity Club, connecting young Londoners to experts of curiosities they have, and is passionate about creating accessible art and cultural experiences for all.
Toby Poolman is one of the workshop’s Senior Technicians who originally trained as a furniture designer/maker, and has since worked as furniture maker, timber-framed building craftsman and college lecturer. Following his Masters in Fine Art (sculpture) at Bath Spa University, he undertook a number of artist residencies, most notably on Peace Art Project Cambodia (PAPC) in Phnom Penh in 2004. The project involved working with Cambodian students to turn decommissioned AK47s, remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime, into marketable sculpture and furniture. Toby lives on his narrowboat in the capital, where he divides his time between his role at Blackhorse Workshop, private commissions and own sculpture.
Harriet Warden is the Creative Director of Blackhorse Workshop, and has set up and developed the project since it opened its doors in February 2014. She has worked across a variety of institutions across the cultural spectrum – most recently as one of the founding team behind Alain de Botton’s The School of Life, previously for architect Zaha Hadid, and for Tate Modern’s public programme and development teams. As a maker herself, Blackhorse Workshop presents a fantastic opportunity to combine her background in arts management & design with a passion for start up projects and building communities.