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 began a 6 year period of teaching art in a pupil referral unit for excluded secondary students with behavioral needs in Brighton. 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 is 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 Dome’s 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. Andy's practice explores tensions between narrative driven themes and abstracted expressive representation. His artistic moving image work regularly uses evocative dynamic abstractions; dancing kinetic textural marks made of colour and light. 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.

Andy has worked in the Film and TV industry since 2009 across a range of projects, including editing documentary content for The Guardian and Bloomberg Media, and commercials for Youtube, Nespresso, Vauxhall and Vodafone.