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Charlotte Newson

Photo: Charlotte Newson

Most recently, Charlotte Newson was commissioned by Oxfam to explore the impact of government spending cuts on women; resulting in “BAGS of ATTITUDE” – an audio visual installation. A comment on social inequality, women’s poverty and designer labels, Charlotte worked with women to design handbags; each bag a map of the women’s lives, fabulously designed, reflecting the reality of their income and their lives: inviting people to 'BREAK A TABOO' and look in women's handbags, put on the headphones, listen to their unique voices and connect. Launched in 2011 and now touring nationwide, having returned from a stint at Westminster. Oxfam have worked with Charlotte to produce and sell these bags.

Currently Charlotte is also on tour with commissioned artwork – "Women Like You" - the first contemporary portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst: a 3 meter high photo-mosaic containing 10,000 images of inspiring women sent to her by people from across the globe – featured by the BBC and Radio 4 Women’s Hour the artwork launched at Manchester Art Gallery 2010. The portrait represented the 100th International Women’s Day celebrations in 2011 and exhibited at the Peoples History Museum 2012. Destined for The Houses of Parliament March 2013 Charlotte intends to tour the portrait in Europe afterwards. There is also discussion underway to tour to Bangladesh where the charity "Breaking the Cycle" who work with young women, have invited her to develop an artwork with them.

The photographic work "Who Are You Now?" - 9 portraits of women - is currently exhibited in Old Street, London for an exhibition entitled "Pandora's Box" whilst the artist is working on a series of "Paper Beds"© due for exhibition in 2013.

Charlotte Newson's interest in exploring women’s life has emerged as a powerful and highly original voice in recent years .

After training in Fine Art she began her career as a painter: 20 years on Charlotte works from a cross-art platform using multimedia techniques. Completing her Masters degree at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999, she is now Manchester based and her skills are translated into photography, installation, set design, costumes and public art.

Charlotte’s contribution to art and her outstanding practice as an artist have been formally recognised by Manchester City Council - Charlotte won the “Women and Art” award in October 2011.

Additional achievements include “Relocation,” a collaborative project in 2009 with Whitworth Art Gallery exploring female identity and “What Manchester Women Want,” an audio-visual installation at Manchester Town Hall in 2008 celebrating the 80th year of women gaining the vote in this country.

During her career, Charlotte has exhibited internationally including the USA and Germany:

Charlotte has a strong socially engaged practice working alongside her portfolio of personal artwork: delivering issue based agendas and involving diverse people in the community: her commitment to this practice was profiled at The Lowry exhibition ‘21 Years Queer’ 2011 - featuring her gaga-esqu hats/costumes and a '40 foot frock'.

Charlotte is unusual in that she also has a high level of project management skills, project development with organisations in a consultancy role and is a fully qualified CIPD Trainer (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development)

Some of her many supporters are: Baroness Kinnock, Yvette Cooper Shadow Home Secretary, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council Sue Murphy

Charlotte Newson's work is often described as ‘.......powerful images of unusual beauty’.

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Tracey Johnson

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As well as an experienced and successful manager and leader, Tracey has a passion for continuous improvement and business excellence.

Her current role is as Senior Business Excellence Manager with a Top 20 Law Firm, however her experience is varied and includes:

  • successfully building and transforming teams to achieve and exceed stretching targets
  • assessing private training providers and colleges against a government driven quality standard, and providing feedback to enable improvement
  • heading up a quality team in a very large and multi-site national logistics organisation
  • enabling an organisational cultural change to embed an improvement and excellence focus
  • successfully implementating and managing internationally recognised quality systems
  • successfully implementating operational processes
  • managing own business providing book-keeping and administrative services for small businesses

Tracey has always strived to improve herself, putting herself through college whilst starting her own business and having a young family she achieved a qualification as an Association of Accounting Technicians. She then went back to college whilst working full time to achieve a qualification in supervisory management. In addition to other learning and development opportunities that she has taken on board over the years, Tracey is now undertaking an open universtiy BA (Hons) degree.

Tracey wants to share her many skills, experience and knowledge, with the aim to add value to others whose expertise lies in other areas, and is excited by the challenges and opportunities that working with Creative Curve will bring.

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Tom Hogan

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Tom Hogan is an Artistic Director and experienced Project Manager, as well as an actor, performer and drama facilitator.

He trained with Stockport MBC in Community Arts Management from 1995 – 1997, managing the Forum Company Youth Theatre and Romiley Forum’s Adult Drama Group. This work included 3 productions which where showcased as part of Romiley Forum’s main house programme.

As Artistic Director for Proud and Loud Arts (Theatre company for people living with disability) since 2000, Tom has been responsible for project development and delivery, as well as advising on funding strategies and budgets. The company received the Philip Lawrence Award of excellence in 2002, and were subject to a study by De Montfort University into models of good practice submitted to the Home Office.

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John Ossoway

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John is a freelance designer, front-end web developer and illustrator who works with clients in Manchester and throughout the UK.

John has a wealth of experience working with a diverse range of clients, including market-leading recruitment companies with websites worth tens of millions, to local artists and theatre companies, to small businesses just getting on the web for the first time.

When working on the web John adheres to the tenets of web standards [ http://www.w3.org/ ] as closely as he possibly can. He believes passionately that the internet is for everyone.

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