November 30, 2016

In House Team

Yasmin Canvin
Voluntary Consultant

James Steventon
Artistic Coordinator & Head of Education

Sam Read
Assistant Education Curator

Sophie Cullinan
Sudborough Green Lodge Coordinator & Education Coordinator

Emma Davies
CEA Education Coordinator

Andy Eathorne
Education Coordinator

Nita Nathwani
Education Coordinator


Yasmin Canvin has worked in the contemporary visual arts sector for over 25 years. Her broad experience includes a range of curatorial and managerial roles at galleries including the Mead, Angel Row and Bury St Edmunds Art Galleries; leading a Curatorial Fellowship programme across the East region; and more recently initiating and delivering projects in public spaces across Northamptonshire for Fermynwoods.

Her curatorial practice is informed by her interest in cross-disciplinary artists practice, social issues and audience engagement, with previous projects including Aftershock; Conflict, Violence and Resolution in Contemporary Art (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art), Paper Cuts (toured to 4 venues) and SELF (toured to 6 venues). Yasmin has also curated professional development programmes and organised international research trips to Australia and India.

James Steventon takes artistic and conceptual practice as the origin for a wide range of rich educational activity, informed by his own independent artistic practice, which draws on corporeal physicality and new technology. Previously, James worked in arts education for clients including The National Centre for Craft & Design, The Fishmarket Gallery, Northants County Council, Corby Borough Council and the National Association of Gifted Children, covering a period of 20 years.

James’ skills include delivery and management of education programmes; fundraising; evaluation; young people’s consultancy; desktop publishing; video editing; computational coding; critical writing; and running. James has lectured at London Metropolitan University for over 10 years, as well as at other universities across the country. James is also currently Engage’s national Special Interest Representative for Digital Programmes.

Sam Read is a visual artist with a practice which encompasses digital technologies, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Sam is also an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary as well as being an Associate Educator at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. His artwork is inspired by graphic design, fantasy media and art history. He has exhibited in group and solo shows in Bristol, Edinburgh, Leicester and Nottingham. He is a studio-holder at Gloam, a recently-launched gallery space in central Sheffield.

Sophie Cullinan is a visual philosopher and maker of interactive artworks and performances. She utilises discarded materials to reveal forgotten histories and beauty within that which is overlooked. She is currently exploring issues of control within participatory practice and has recently completed an MA at Middlesex University.

Emma Davies is an artist and educator whose artistic practice spans disciplines that include Performance and Live Art, Installation, Book Sculptures, Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media Construction and Theatre Devising, Production and Design. Emma’s approach to artistic education is underpinned by her understanding of social pedagogic principles and she has worked in arts education with young people for over 20 years. She is a Creative Projects Associate at Royal & Derngate, she has worked as an Artist Educator with NN Contemporary Art and most recently with Full House theatre in Bedford.

Andy Eathorne is a multimedia artist with an interest in exploring how photography can be used to help people who are going through depression, finding learning gives distraction from the illness and the positivity of creating photographs seems to help sufferers divert their negative thoughts. Well known to Fermynwoods, where he has worked as a technician over the past 11 years, Andy is also widely known across Northamptonshire through his work at Tresham College, The Core Theatre and as a freelance Photography Studio Manager.

Nita Nathwani is a ceramic artist and an arts education practitioner. She throws pots and also makes wired ceramic sculptures, paper clay framed abstracts and ‘kirigami’ plaques inspired by sea life, sculpted textiles and the built environment. Nita is a member of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and the Design Factory. She has exhibited across the Midlands, and her work is stocked in local galleries. She was commissioned to make the Northamptonshire Food and Drinks Trophies in 2011 and co-project managed the Made in Northamptonshire shop in 2013.