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 – 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 – 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.
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 – 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.
Aysha Khan, Events Manager & Operational Lead – Aysha works for several community based organisations. Now she is working from in sheltered accommodation, schools, interim education settings to outdoor events. Aysha works in a variety of modes such as; textiles, willow craft, up cycling & multi media collage. Passionate about benefits creative practice has on well-being.
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 Gutrie, 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