Who we are
Creative Leicestershire works to develop new and existing small creative enterprises across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The programme provides access to a range of advice and support in order to help them survive and grow and is a vital catalyst connecting people through networking opportunities, strengthening supply chains and retaining knowledge.
Our Vision: The creative economy in our area becomes valuable, confident, stimulating and beautiful.
Our Mission: Creative Leicestershire provides services for artists and creative enterprises in the sub-region to encourage growth and deepen knowledge. We make connections, support aspiration and create opportunities.
Our Values: Quality, Diversity and Ambition
Creative Leicestershire is core funded by a partnership of local authorities including Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Blaby District Council and North West Leicestershire District Council.
CREATIVE LEICESTERSHIRE TEAM
Catherine Rogers – Creative Leicestershire Manager
Tel: 0116 305 4117
Catherine Rogers currently manages Creative Leicestershire supporting artists and creative enterprises in the region. She is Chair of Trustees for Junction Arts, and also works as an Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. Catherine has a particular interest in researching and developing an entrepreneurial mindset through training and managing spaces and is a co-director of Community Interest Company, Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth.
Sam Kitson – Creative Leicestershire Officer
Sam looks after the E-bulletin, website, social media and emails for Creative Leicestershire. She has a Visual Communication degree in Graphic Design, 15 years experience in media, arts and health and galleries and was the Cultural Arts Officer for Melton. She also runs a small arts business – ‘Electric Kitty’, teaches art part time and is training to be a children’s yoga teacher.
Bev is Creative Leicestershire’s Business Advisor, where she works with a broad spectrum of creative businesses at any stage of development – from emerging sole traders to established organisations – operating within either the private or third sectors. Bev has spent a career working in and with arts and creative industries, and has particular expertise in Strategy and Business Development, finance and planning, Ops and HR. One of Bev’s key areas of interest is entrepreneurial sustainability in the arts and broader third sector.
As well as working with Creative Leicestershire, Bev is an independent Consultant and works with a range of SME’s across the UK. She’s an entrepreneur, as Co-Director and founder of Haarlem Creative Studios and Artspace, which provides unique, flexible studios, project and hot-desking spaces for artists and creatives in the historic Grade II* listed Haarlem Mill in Wirksworth. Bev set up Haarlem Artspace to celebrate contemporary artists and creative practitioners working within a rural context.
Formerly Director of Resources at the charity The Mighty Creatives, Bev previously worked at Culture East Midlands, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, as a practicing viola player and at an independent publishers. Bev is a trustee of the arts organisation, Level, and of Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Services.
Cath Pilling – WebinArt Co-ordinator
Cath Pilling coordinates the Webinart programme, overseeing all communication, marketing and organisational admin. She’s dedicated to bringing the WebinArt participants, mentors and artists together, providing them with support to ensure everyone involved gets the most out of the programme and has a great experience.
With a background in Fine Art (BA) and Museum and Gallery Studies (MA), she has worked in Arts Consultancy and Curatorial Research for several National Arts Organisations. She’s also a former Gallery Owner and Artist.
Ruth is working on development plans for taking Made in Leicestershire forward and runs networking and consultation events for Creative Leicestershire.
Ruth has been working as an artist-maker in textiles for 13 years. Prior to setting up her own studio practice, she worked in museums for several years following a Masters Degree in Museum Studies. She now combines her creative practice and her project development experience and specialises in creating arts projects with partners including heritage and community organisations, universities and galleries.
Recent projects include a centenary quilt for an NHS hospital, a public art project with young people funded by a charitable trust, a residency in Leicester University Genetics Department and a current residency with Staffordshire Record Office and Wolverhampton University.
She has exhibited widely in the UK and has won awards for her practice including the Fine Art Quilt Masters prize 2016 and has funded 6 major projects through Arts Council England applications. Working with and supporting makers is really important to Ruth and she runs training, professional development and mentoring activities in partnership with a wide range of organisations.
Natalie Cheary – Blog Editor
Natalie has over 20 years’ experience in marketing some of the world’s most recognised brands, including ITV, Pepsi, McLaren, Warner Bros, British Film Institute, BBC Worldwide and Save The Children. Her marketing credits range from Coronation Street, Cold Feet and Spooks to Bridget Jones’s Diary and The King’s Speech. She sits on the board of the Haymarket Consortium, as PR and Marketing Director in the team bringing Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre back to life.