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Our Organisation

Yorkshire Artspace is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, run by a team of seven members of staff and governed by a Board of six Directors.

The Society is a membership organisation owned by its members and all Board meetings are open for members to attend.


Anyone can be a member of Yorkshire Artspace: you must be a member to take on a studio, but the majority of services are open to non-members.

The Society aims to have a 50:50 balance of fine artists and craftspeople as studio holders. Visit the Artists pages to find out more about those based at Yorkshire Artspace.


From 1 April 2019 our chair is Dorrien Peters, partner at Irwin Mitchell.

Other board members are Neil MacDonald, former Master Cutler, Professor Sally Wade, Paul Houghton, senior partner at Grant Thornton and Tom Tobia, founder of Makerversity.


We have 7 members of staff; Director Kate Dore (leaving Yorkshire Artspace in September 2019) who leads on organisational development; Operations Manager Stuart Wright (full time) who manages all our premises plus the finances with support from Office Manager Anita Lloyd; Programme Manager Rachael Dodd (part time) who develops and manages the Programme; Jane Elliot (part time) who is responsible for Communications and Programme Administration (currently on maternity leave); Tyler Mellins, our Digital Marketing Assistant and Front of House at Exchange Place Studios; and Penny Ashmore our Creative Apprentice helping with front of house at Persistence Works Studios and business administration.