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 community interest company 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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Dina Ntziora – Company Manager

Dina has studied Development & Politics at Bristol University. She has always been involved in community arts, including work for Bristol City Council in the Community Arts department (2007-2011, mainly based in St Paul’s & Easton).

Dina was involved in Open Space event 2008, St Paul’s Carnival, Bristol Do circus festival and the opening event of St Paul’s Park. Dina has also been member of the Arts & Culture Task Group in St Paul’s looking into various community matters: Brunswick Cemetery, Pierian Centre, Stokes Croft development and public art installed at the Park as well as ‘The Garden of the Four Jewels’ (St. Paul’s Bristol, 2008). Dina has also worked with the Learning Centre Art groups; Art On Thursdays and Art On Prescriptions workshops, to promote art in community groups across the area, as well as with Carnival troupes groups.

For the 5 years up until 2016 Dina was the Project Manager for The Island; the longest running and most successful project of Artspace Lifespace. Now she is busy in her new role as Artspace Lifespace Company Manager.