Mick Smith (Chair)

Mick has held senior management roles in charities both in the arts and in health. He is currently combining creative industries business mentoring in Southampton with a Commissioning role on the Isle of Wight.

Jane Browning

A public relations specialist, wellbeing campaigner and freelance writer, Jane is also an ambassador for Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices in Winchester, a postgraduate research student at the University of Portsmouth, and is committed to supporting diversity and inclusivity within Southampton’s vibrant arts and heritage arena.

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl formerly worked in the Cultural Sector supporting arts & artist development, heritage and visitor economy. Have experience in fundraising, marketing, research, managing capital projects, running buildings, & tourist guiding.

Ian Fairbairn

Ian is married to a potter, and trained in social work and property – he believes that community is the only way forward for our society. We need to foster and encourage our artists and our heritage and ‘a space’ arts does just that – he is proud to be a part of this community!

Sarah Filmer

Sarah is an artist, living and working in Southampton. She is an associate lecturer in fine art at Southampton Solent University, with interests in collaborative and group working, and career development of artists. Active in the local arts community, founder of unit11studios, a studio holder in Tower House, and having devised, raised funding for, and run a multi-artist residency in GHT, Sarah has ongoing association with Southampton’s artists and ‘a space’ arts.

Zoe Grant

Zoe is the Director of Volunteering for a national children’s charity. She has extensive knowledge of volunteer engagement, management and voluntary sector issues. Having been a Southampton resident all her life, she is excited to work with ‘a space’, and to help build the artistic community and support emerging talent in the city.

Vicki Orba

Vicki has a background in youth and community work in and around Southampton, and is familiar with voluntary sector issues. She has a strong interest in the arts and is keen to find ways to ensure that local artists initiatives are as inclusive as possible.

Annie Reilly

Annie works for the National Trust, overseeing Heritage Open Days, the UK’s largest festival of History and Culture. She was previously producer at Nuffield Southampton Theatres and began her career as an actress in theatres across the US. Having lived in Southampton for several years, she’s thrilled to be working with ‘a space’ at such an exciting time for the organisation and the city.

Georgina Richards

Georgina is a solicitor specialising in intellectual property law. Having been born and worked in Southampton she is aware of its development as a cultural centre and the vast range of artistic talent emerging out of the city and its environs.

Guy Stauber

Guy is a commercial illustrator with a wide range of international clients and has extensive experience in ‘making things look nice’. He has a specific focus on arts and culture in Southampton and is committed to developing local artistic talent.