The Blackhorse Team:

Rachael Barker is our Metalwork Technician. She studied fine art sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art. Rachael worked as a 3D workshop and Metal technician at Norwich School of Art and Manchester School of Art. She then spent a few years in the wilderness travelling and working in fabrication workshops in The States and New Zealand. Most recently she worked as a non-ferrous technician in the workshops of Cox London.

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.

Roisin Francis is our assistant technician, recruited through the government's Kickstarter scheme in January 2022. She's a practising artist and recent graduate of City and Guilds of London Art School where she focused on sculpture and installation with a particular interest in glasswork. She hopes to develop her wood and metal work skills in order to further incorporate them into her practice.

Agnes Galpin is our Junior Technician. She started working for Blackhorse as "Assistant Technician" on the government's Kickstarter scheme in July 2021. Agnes trained at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and is a qualified yoga teacher - her work prior to Blackhorse Workshop was as a freelance dancer and dance filmmaker. While working at Blackhorse she is keen to improve her woodworking skills and start a career in set designing and set building for her choreographed dance works.

Julie Lee is our Membership and Events 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.

Josie Maprayil is our Creative Technician. She studied English Literature at Queen Mary before retraining in Welding and Fabrication. She then spent some years working at The English National Opera, before moving on to freelancing for various metal fabrication companies in London and most recently worked as a chaser at Bronze Age Foundry. She also creates jewellery pieces using pewter, silver, gold and teeth from her bench in Lea Bridge - and is delighted to have now become part of The Blackhorse Workshop team.

Lucy Martin is an experienced creative youth practitioner and journalist who has worked with young people to produce documentaries, podcasts and photography exhibitions alongside craft based youth programmes. Having programmed and led multiple youth projects across East London contributing to long term change for young people; Lucy has joined Blackhorse Workshop as a youth facilitator on our Blackhorse Responders Programme.

Enrique Melin is the Workshop's Building and Maintenance Technician. 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 our Creative Programme Manager.  She developed our award-winning 'Blackhorse Responders' Creative Activism programme, and previously worked on The Agency, a young people's social enterprise project delivered for Borough of Culture 2019.  She first came to Blackhorse in 2015 as a member and has worked in the USA for socially engaged art organisations and on her own projects, which have exhibited at Victoria and Albert Museum and Southbank Centre. She also runs Curiosity Club, an educational project in schools. She's passionate about creating accessible art and cultural experiences for all.

Eddy Pearson is our part time receptionist, recruited through the government's Kickstarter scheme in December 2021. Having studied at The Glasgow School of Art for three years training in Fine Art, Eddy is now back in London continuing his artistic practice, specialising in oil painting, drawing and printmaking. While working at Blackhorse Workshop, he hopes to gain further experience in the administration and customer service area. His long term goal is applying these skills in the Art and Creative world.

Yanire Sylva is our Office Manager and is also a workshop member. After finishing her Art degree from The Universidad Complutense of Madrid she moved back to Ecuador where she became an Art and Design Teacher and a Career Director in Espol University. In collaboration with her students, she re-designed the showrooms of two Insitu Museums in Ecuador. She moved to London in 2003 and worked for ALSOP Architects and McAdam Architects as an Image Librarian and Administrator. Completing a Masters in 2013 in Art, Design and Books, she started her own practice producing ceramics, and exhibiting in London. She also teaches ceramics workshops.

Toby Poolman is our Senior Workshop Technician, 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.