PopUp Painting events are led by local artists who are experts not just in their trade, but in entertainment and organisational development. In addition, they are supported by a team with expertise in management, innovation and training. PopUp Painting’s team includes:
Phyllissa Shelton, Founder and Managing Director- Not an artist or art enthusiast by background, Phyllissa’s career is rooted in health service innovation and change management. PopUp Painting’s aim is to reinvent the art class as a social painting experience – making it accessible for everyone, regardless of experience or confidence.
Gareth Lewis, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing. Not an artist by background, Gareth holds a Masters in Political Economy of Europe, and wrote his dissertation on Populism and Social Democracy. He is a political activist and is passionate about representation and growth in the creative industries.
Majella Dowdican, Artist & Marketing Support – Majella manipulates the material qualities of objects so that they can represent ideas. From there they are installed in exhibition places so that they can take on a new dimension with audience engagment. In addition, Majella provides marketing support to PopUp Painting. You can view her website here.
Miguel Galue, Artist- Miguel was born in Venezuela and now lives in London. His main outputs are sketches and portraits. His artistic interests are in depicting people and places. We first discovered Miguel at one of our Corporate Events! You can see more of Miguel’s work here, Miguel Likes to Draw.
Elizabeth Kennedy, Artist & Events manger/ Operational Lead – Lizzie’s work mainly focuses on her visual arts practice, working in acrylics, oils, watercolours and photography. She also works on cross media projects and collaborations between different art forms to create art that is accessible to a diverse range of people.
Anna Tveritinova, Artist & Marketing Support – Anna enjoys experimenting with different media on paper, wood and canvas to explore mood, ambiguity and potential narratives in ordinary places and situations. Her works begin with observation of the everyday and are later developed using memory, self reflection and personal experience. See her work here.
Tom Crooke, Digital marketing – Tom is a London based videographer, editor and founder of Bobbin Productions. Tom has worked across the UK, Europe and USA producing commercial video and photography content for online magazines, arts companies, charities, YouTube channels, SMEs and some of the world’s biggest companies. Tom’s perfect evening would be, conveniently, one spent with friends and a nice glass of red!
Charlotte Ellinas, Artist – Charlotte has been drawing and painting her entire life. She mostly creates portraits of her favourite public figures using a variety of different media. She brings a strong sense of lively fun to her work.
Surya de Wit, Artist & Marketing Support – Wit is best known for her portraiture in which she incorporates a variety of unconventional materials with an aim to create a sense of tangibility to the audience. Her work is characterized by her vibrant melody of colours and materials that are used cohesively to create the atmosphere and portrait that she wants to depict. See her work here
Rafael Seré, Artist – Born in Uruguay, South America and with an Italian family background, Rafael has been working as an Artist for the last 10 years. Rafael’s work combines photography, digital design and paint. His preference for geometric design and spray paint combine his two passions with bright colour and detail. See his work here
Alexandra Unger, Artist – Alexandra is a children’s book illustrator and portraitist working mostly with watercolours. She is Swedish but was raised in Italy and has been living in London since 2003. You can view her work on here.
Lawrence Crane, Artist – Lawrence is an Artist and Scenic Artist based in London. He uses a combination of tradition and contemporary methods working from both life and photography to find a story behind the subject the he works from. See his artwork here.
Eliza Tamás, Operational Lead – Eliza is an artistic practitioner and her artistic field is the magical world of puppet theatre. She has vast experience in performing, puppet making, organising, managing, and producing shows. Eliza is currently in her final year of studying Cultural Policy and Management (MA) at City University of London. Find more here
Lauren Blackburne-Tinker, Operational Lead – An Events Professional generally specialising in operational roles at outdoor events. Lauren is inspired by shows and events she helps to curate and the creativity of the participants and customers that visit them. She is excited about how events are developing and can’t wait to see what is next and hopefully, be part of it!
Anastasia Russa, Artist – Born in Moscow, based in London. Anastasia studied Monumental painting in Moscow & Fine Art in University of the Arts London. She participates in different solo and group exhibitions in both countries, and is the winner of the Portobello Wall Art Project London 2018. Find more here
Sara Twomey, Artist – Sara has obtained a degree in Fine Art and she has taught art in colleges and Pupil Referral Units in London. Sara has also worked as the Assistant Manager of the studio for the artist Damien Hirst. She is currently making my own Paintings, everything from landscape, cubism, to abstract painting. Fine more here
George Dunkerton, Artist – George has an art degree and a history of tea blending, with experience running a variety of tasting events in London. He is now working with a number of charities assisting on creative workshops for children & also organising artistic outlets for refugees. He believes in creativity being good for the mind, and a good cuppa (or glass of wine) doesn’t hurt either!
Rob Conway, Artist – As an illustrator, Rob has produced work for national magazines, as well as design for costume, theater and books. In recent years work has moved into art education, working with a number of art galleries and schools both nationwide and internationally in the hope of creating the next generation of artists.
Sue Guthrie, Operational lead – Sue became an artist through a lack of imagination – she couldn’t see herself doing anything else! She creates work to commission for commercial and healthcare settings. She works mostly with acrylics and also enjoys running workshops and sharing her enthusiasm with the next generation.
Alisha Hutchinson, Artist – Alisha is a Birmingham based fine art graduate who specialises in portraiture and figurative drawing. I work predominantly in oil paint to produce classical portraits to confront topics of sexuality, race and mental health. You can see Alisha’s art here.
Michelle Shore, Artist – Michelle loves drawing and fine line ink is her specialism, although she also works in other mediums like charcoal, pastel and paint. She gets her ideas from stories, songs, nature and animals, inspired by the Peak District where she lives. Find out more here.
Natalie Kaciubskyj, Operational Manager – Natalie was born in Manchester and brought up in an Italian/Ukrainian household; finding her heritage to be her biggest inspiration. She is also a director of a community interest company which aims to connect individuals in creative ways; Find out more here.
Michael Palowski, – Regional Development and Events Manager – Mike left a career in finance in order to follow his dream to set up a clothing company where he designs and hand screen-prints graphic T-shirts. He is also an advocate for sustainable practices in the fashion industry and you can check out and buy his T-shirts here
James Ventre, Artist – James graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2017, and now works in Manchester continuing his painting practise based around creating large scale abstract landscapes. Find out more here.
Toubie Jack, Artist – A South African born mural artist who has lived in Manchester for the past nine years and has enjoyed making it her business to deliver art sessions to children. Toubie enjoys finding new ways for children to have fun with paint. Her emphasis being on exploration and experimentation. See Toubie’s work here
Meg Oxford, Operational Lead – Meg is a creative entrepreneur who studied fine arts and photography. Meg is the founder of an arts organisation called ARTbound, who provide established artists with events and exhibitions to present their work to wider audiences round Yorkshire. She is also currently representing The Princes Trust as a Young Ambassador.
Andrew Sales, Artist – Andrew is studying a masters in creative practice at Leeds arts university. He paints landscapes populated with crowds of people displaying hierarchical irrational behavior in often threatening scenarios. My paintings are highly decorative but contain critical perspectives on modern life. They are also like homages to historical paintings.
Ruthe Clayden, Artist – Ruth is true Yorkshire lass. Trained in Manchester as a print-maker, but is now working in a children’s nursery and is Browine guide leader. She loves inspiring children though art and the great outdoors. She also has a small face painting business and enjoys making art that is thought provoking and has a message of change.
Sorcha McCole, Operational Lead – Sorcha lives in Leeds and has had experience teaching a range of creative workshops across North Yorkshire. She also creates her own art; both her drawings and videos focus on the different levels of consciousness and dreaming. You can view her work here.