Meet the team

We are very lucky to have on board a team of very hard working and inspirational people who make things happen.

Artspace Lifespace is a small charity based in Bristol. It has a small core staff and a board of Directors. Over 300 artists are affiliated with The Artspace Lifespace Project through their studios and creative businesses.

Members of our team have built up extensive knowledge and experience from the various projects we have undertaken and can readily act as catalysts for new ventures and collaborations. Our first priority is establishing financial sustainability for the space and then increasing resources in line with activity.

Meet the team

Rachel Buchanan – Trustee

Rachel has been working in the arts since she graduated in 2002, including managing venues in London, Shropshire and Bristol. A passionate believer in the idea that everyone is creative, and in the power of the arts to explore ideas and bring people together, these days she works as a freelance event and festival producer and is working on her first book, to be published in 2018.

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Ryan Corkery – Trustee

A Chartered Certified Accountant, and ex-cyberneticist, Ryan has lived in Bristol for four years during which time he has started his own business and become embedded in a number of others due to his way with numbers.  Ryan believes strongly in not-for-profit values, co-operative structures and ownership, and in showing art and community businesses are economically viable.  Ryan also works as management accountant for Trinity Community Arts.

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Doug Francis  – Trustee

A founding member of the organisation, and a passionate proponent of the Arts and its transformative effect on people and communities.  Doug has been a strong voice in temporary use projects, assisting groups all over the country to start up their own community centres from buildings long forgotten and discarded.  His own artistic practices as a performer, and as a director and ringmaster of The Invisible Circus, keep him an active part of Bristol’s creative community.

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Wim Penhaul – Trustee

Wim Penhaul is a co founder of Artspace Lifespace in its Bristol incarnation and passionate about the creative re-invention of under used commercial and industrial properties into thriving community resources. As a Co Director with Invisible Circus he has been instrumental in the development of such projects in Bristol and beyond.

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Kathryn Chiswell Jones – Company Manager 

Kathryn’s degree in International Marketing and Japanese at Dublin City University led her to Japan firstly as a Co-ordinator of International Relations and as a PR Liaison for the World Games 2001 in Akita. She subsequently moved to London and worked for IHI Europe Ltd and helped facilitate projects such as the installation of  IHI hybrid mass damper ‘son the T5 control tower at Heathrow airport. From May 2010 to May 2017, Kathryn worked at AWW inspired environments as their Head of Marketing and Health and Safety. She was responsible for all aspects of marketing strategy, bid production, public relations, company policies and day-to-day health and safety. She is also a co-founder and Director of Illuminarium SFX.

Kathryn was a UK regional coordinator for Burning Man from 2013-2015. She believes that the arts can provide transformative experiences, help individuals connect and identify with one another and grow communities.