GEMMA KAUFFMAN

DIRECTOR DREAM OF LIFE CIC

PROJECT FACILITATOR, WITH FOCUS ON VISUAL ARTS

Gemma Kauffman is a practising artist, facilitator and a trained creative coach, with a background in teaching. She collaborates with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, from young women developing their confidence through creative expression to artists of all ages and levels of practice. Gemma combines her skills in social engagement with her current art practice in painting, mixed media and photography. Gemma works intuitively with materials; experimenting and developing different processes to make visible subconscious aspects of Self.

Gemma began her teaching career in 2003 as an art teacher at Morpeth School, Bethnal Green. She then moved to Brighton and began a 6 year period of teaching art in a pupil referral unit for excluded secondary students with behavioral needs. Gemma completed an MA in Creativity and Media Education in 2011, since then she has worked as a freelance artist facilitator in range of settings.

Gemma was the lead visual artist on the Oxford based project Modelling Change, supporting up to 10 young women experiencing social anxiety and adverse life situations through creative art making. She was one of the founding members of the Brighton based Miss Represented project and was the resident visual artist on the project for 4 years.


JO BATES

DIRECTOR DREAM OF LIFE CIC

PROJECT FACILITATOR, WITH A FOCUS ON SOCIAL CARE

Jo Bates has worked as a social worker and arts co-ordinator for over 20 years, she has been based in both London and Brighton. She has worked across the sector in a variety of settings supporting young people who have experienced social exclusion, deprivation, poverty and neglect. She has worked in the criminal justice system, the Care system and social care as well as in creative organisations, Brighton Dome and Rhythmix Music Charity.

The unique combination of her social work skills and understanding of the social care system, her passion for the arts and her complete commitment to supporting young people to access opportunities which can provide turning points for them, has given her a huge drive to engage in this work and to build future projects and partnerships. She has an in-depth understanding of the issues that many of these marginalised young people face and the barriers that frequently stand in their way of accessing equal opportunities which are complex and often multiple.

Jo has set up, run and managed numerous partnership projects. She is the co-founder of Brighton Domes Flagship Project Miss Represented and is a trustee of Plan B’s charity Each One Teach One (EOTO).


ANDY SOWERBY

DIRECTOR DREAM OF LIFE CIC

ASSOCIATE ARTIST

Andy Sowerby is an artist primarily working in video and photography. He works in a range of styles: from experimental film, drama and documentary to abstract video art.  Andy is on the directors roster at HERO. who produce commercials, brand films and digital content and he collaborates with Brighton based arts collective Beatabet.

Andy has worked in the Film and TV industry since 2009 across a range of films, documentaries, music videos, commercials and online content, with clients including Youtube, Nespresso, Walt Disney World, Vauxhall, Nissan and Vodafone. His short films and music videos have been selected for film festivals including the London Short Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and the BBC Music Video Festival.


AOIFE BAIGENT

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTORS DREAM OF LIFE CIC

ARTIST TRAINEE FACILITATOR

Aoife Baigent comes from an artistic background having studied in art schools and colleges from the age of 14. Aoife specialised in Photography, fashion and advertising for her undergraduate degree. During her studies, Aoife took a keen interest in working with arts workshop groups, and has continued to do so whilst also pursuing a career in fashion in recent years.

Aoife has worked as a stylist, personal shopper, sales manager, PR assistant and visual merchandising assistant and has relished the skills that these opportunities have given her. She is now focusing on projects that empower and support women of all ages and working with Dream of Life London has enabled her to do this whilst utilising her background in art.

Aoife has worked with Dream of Life London since January 2017, where she has facilitated workshops and projects, as well as graphic designing and assisting marketing planning.