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Karl Greenwood

Karl is responsible for overall delivery of the Creative People & Places programme, which takes him out and about meeting all sorts of people as well as getting stuck in when it’s all hands on deck.

Hailing from Halifax, Karl came to First Art after six years as Project Director of fellow CPP project, Appetite, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Karl has plenty of experience working with and putting on events and activities in communities across the UK, ranging from setting up outdoor art festivals to running community training programmes. His first taste of events organisation was the alleged ‘biggest unsigned gig in Britain’ in 2000, at which he also played.

Clearly, Karl never made it as a rock star, even after getting a music degree at Leeds University (but there’s still a glimmer of hope), so he decided to put down his guitar and surround himself around creative types instead. Karl got his first proper job in the arts with Multistory back in 2007. He’s not looked back since and barely picked up his guitar either.

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Hannah Newton

General Manager
Hannah is responsible for managing the First Art operations and logistics, making sure day-to-day things runs as smoothly as possible. Project management, governance, and administrative systems are all in a days work.

Hannah joined First Art in 2023, eager to put her industry experience and artistic flair to good use as its new General Manager.

After three years in Norwich – graduating from Norwich University of the Arts with a First in Fine Art – Hannah returned to her roots in Nottingham in 2016. Here she began her professional journey into the arts by joining the music & ticketing industry.

Having ticked off the likes of Ed Sheeran tours and Splendour Festival from the professional goals list, Hannah’s appetite for the arts only grew stronger. In 2018, she joined Nottingham’s Creative Quarter where she supported creative businesses and budding entrepreneurs, while also programming outdoor events in the community.

Hannah spends her career working with and for the creative industries in the place she calls home and is usually found on the weekends making a mess in the studio, creating large-scale abstract paintings.

Photo: Steve Edwards

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Kate Learmouth

Marketing & Audience Development Manager
Kate’s role is to make sure the word is out about First Art First Art, and the opportunities it provides, to communities across Ashfield, Mansfield, Bolsover, and North East Derbyshire. She is also responsible for looking at ways to engage with and build new audiences.

Twenty years’ experience of the arts, cultural, and heritage sectors, Kate has a good old mix of projects under her belt, having worked for the likes of the National Trust, Nottingham Puppet Festival, and Wirksworth Festival, amongst others as well as a magazine publishing company.

Kate is also an artist and when not working at First Art, she steps into her world of ceramics and mixed media, exploring marks in the landscape and self.

One of Kate’s earliest artistic encounters was at Glyndebourne watching the opera of ‘Where the Wild Things Live’, together with trips to the Barbican Centre, V&A and Tate.

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Steph Andrews

Project Coordinator
Steph joined First Art in 2023, ready to connect communities and deliver an exciting programme as Projects Coordinator.

After graduating from University in Bristol, Steph moved back home to Derby to peruse a career of working in theatre. Steph started her career within the arts industry at Derby Theatre, working to connect with communities and shape a development programme for the people of Derby.

Outside of work, Steph can be found getting crafty either knitting or crocheting.

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