Arts Derbyshire



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Please go to our entry on the Charity Commission website to see our Charitable Objects and Annual Reports.

Sharon Brown

… is a Trustee of Arts Derbyshire and also the Director of Arts Melbourne CIC  the not for profit company which for the past 18 years has organized the Melbourne Festival in South Derbyshire featuring artists from Derbyshire and the Midlands exhibiting in venues throughout Melbourne. She is also Managing Director of Creative Melbourne Gallery & Studios providing exhibition space, studios and Spaces to create – creative hot-desking for regional artists. They also deliver a number of creative projects working with the local community and other artists and creative organisations.

She is also the very committed to promoting Derbyshire’s unique Festival community as Chairman of Festivity the Derbyshire Festivals Association.


Debi Hedderwick

…is a dance artist specialising in contemporary and creative dance theatre with young people and those with additional and complex needs; she also directs small-scale dance theatre company The Secret Dance Club. Debi is Co-founder and Creative Director of Learning Through Arts which specialises in using the performing arts with young people, people with additional needs, young asylum seekers and in the community, and aims for enhanced health and well-being, learning and progression, connection, communication, self-expression and cultural celebration. In free time Debi loves reading, creative writing, playing music, swimming, sailing and walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Alice Marshall (Vale)

…is a Performer, Choreographer, and Academic of Dance known in the region for her devise work in her subject area. Alice is Programme Lead for the Dance courses at the University of Derby and Artistic Director of Adaire to Dance.. This regularly ACE funded company is based at Déda and tours work across the county.

Emma Oaks

…is a lifelong resident of Derbyshire. Emma has recently moved into a senior marketing position for the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). Previous roles have been in the arts, most recently as the Marketing & Audience Development Manager at LEVEL, a contemporary art centre near Matlock. LEVEL works with disabled creatives and the wider community and has a year-round programme of visual, digital and performing art that is open to the public. Before that Emma was the Head of Marketing & Audience Development at Buxton Opera House.

Specialising in brand, strategic marketing and audience development, Emma has a particular interest in making the arts accessible and has been working in the charity sector for 25 years, 11 of which have been in the arts.

In her free time Emma manages a small woodland and enjoys exploring the Derbyshire hills.

Kalila Storey

…is a Trustee of Arts Derbyshire and Programmes Manager for  People Express, a participatory arts charity based in South Derbyshire. People Express works alongside community groups to co-produce arts projects that are ambitious, in order to create artworks meaningful to the communities that make them. People Express works across all artforms, engaging the skills and experience of freelance artists, who offer a high quality arts experience. Kalila also sits on the South Derbyshire CVS board as a Trustee.

Daniel Oakley

…is the Community Arts Development Officer for Bolsover District Council. His role is to grow and develop opportunities for all types of creative projects for and with the people of the district of Bolsover which includes the towns of Clowne, South Normanton, Shirebrook and Bolsover. A keen Musician and Visual Artist, Daniel has been involved in various creative arts and young people’s projects across the whole of Derbyshire in many roles from participant through to project co-ordinator over the last 25 years.

“Arts and the benefits of being involved in creative activity are important to the growth, vitality and confidence of a community. Arts is a language and everyone should have the opportunity to have their say within it.”

Sanjoy Sen

Sanjoy Sen

…was born and raised in Chesterfield. he has lived and worked in various locations in the UK and abroad during his career in engineering, most recently in the clean energy transition. He is keen to support Arts Derbyshire in memory of his mother, a local artist and participant in Derbyshire Open Arts. He brings his experience of working in a range of organisations and is interested in seeing art and its benefits being enjoyed by as many different types of people as possible, especially those with no previous connection to art.

Charlie Collins Charlie Collins

…Charlie is an illustrator, storyteller and creative producer, practicing from Milestone Studios in New Mills, High Peak. Charlie is co-director of No Jobs in the Arts CIC, a not-for-profit organisation developing opportunities for early-career creatives working in the visual arts though a Midlands based programme. Charlie also works as creative producer for arts organisation Local, delivering socially engaged placemaking arts projects in Derbyshire and the North West. In 2018, Charlie founded the Derbyshire Zine Library, an archive of publications and zines.


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Please go to our entry on the Charity Commission website to see our Charitable Objects and Annual Reports.

Arts Derbyshire Charitable Incorporated Organisation,

c/o Alfreton Library,

Severn Square,


Derbyshire DE55 7BQ
Telephone: 07761 – 158228
Charity no. 1184423.


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