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Karl Greenwood

Director

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.

Kate Learmouth

Marketing & Audience Development Manager

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.

When not working, Kate steps into her artistic world, working in ceramics and mixed media. She has a fascination with old decaying things, especially rust (don’t ask). See for yourself if you fancy. 

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.