TApchat Guest Speakers



Katey Coe

Katye Coe is a dancer based in the UK. Her work as a performer spans over 20 years of international performance practice and as a dancer she collaborates currently with Joe Moran, Florence Peake, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Keira Greene, Charlie Morrissey, Stefan Jevanovic.

Between 2008 and 2016 Katye was the founder director of Summer Dancing and Decoda. She was course director for Dance at Coventry University between 2010 and 2016.

Katye teaches independently across the UK and internationally and her teaching practice is an extension of her performance practice. Katye is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher.

Jessica Cooper


Jessica Cooper has lived and worked in Cornwall’s West Penwith for most ofher life. She studied at Falmouth College of Art and at Goldsmith University of London.

Her work is loaded with artistic integrity and an appreciation of simply being: her paintings conveying those overwhelming moments of understanding and feeling that life can occasionally dish up. In her subtle hands, less thus really does become very much more, the objects a quietly poetic metaphor for human existence.

She exhibits regionally, nationally and internationally on a regular basis, including exhibitions at The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery, the RWA, Tate St. Ives and New York art fair. Cooper has also worked on specific design projects and collaborations with Nathan Outlaw and St Enodoc Hotel, Arbor Collective, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, King + McGaw for John

David Cotterrell

David is a UK-based installation artist. David works internationally and regularly collaborates with artists, activists, academics and administrators to realise art, advocacy and social research projects. David’s work spans galleries, architecture and the public realm.  He has realised over 105 exhibitions or public artworks, 40 publications and 75 papers and public lectures in the UK, North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. In recent years David and the Sri Lankan playwright and theatre director, Ruwanthie de Chickera have been working in collaboration to develop multidisciplinary interventions within visual arts, theatre and policy. David is Professor of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, he is represented by Danielle Arnaud contemporary art

John Crossley

My affinity for colour has underpinned a continuous practice of painting following the wake of early concerns in Sculpture. I studied Sculpture at St.Martins school of Art in the early 70’s. Colour has developed into one of the major components within my work, an integral part of the process of defining ways of seeing the world within and around me; trying to establish a cohesive and sensual statement to heighten and enhance a sense of the actual rather than the imaginary. The painting evolves through a state of addition and subtraction, creating a layered surface and structure beneath. This in turn enables the orchestration of movements and forms to occupy an area that emerges or recedes to form an elusive arena, negotiating boundaries to reveal a contemplative space where time, silences and distance coexist to create a narrative, allowing an internal conversation that embraces the viewers contribution to the on going dialogue.


Lucy Day

I am an independent curator, lecturer, arts consultant and Founder Director and Curator of A Woman’s Place Project CIC, a contemporary arts organisation which takes equality as its starting point, exploring it creatively through exhibitions, projects and events . I was recently awarded an Arts Council England grant which supports the development of my current project,Our Precarious State which explores women’s experience of living precariously – affected by issues that include the environmental crisis; gender and sexuality; mental health, housing, education and language barriers.  . I am also currently developing the future creative and organisational strategy for the Brighton based commissioning organisation HOUSE Biennial

Manick Govinda

Manick Govinda is an Associate Consultant for Counterculture LLP. His work includes business and strategic planning in the cultural sector, specialising in stakeholder consultations for local authorities and creative workspace providers. As a recent associate with Counterculture he gathered invaluable evidence and intelligence from artists, funders and developers that contributed towards Manchester City Council and Rother District Council’s strategies for creative workspaces plans. Manick’s other freelance work includes mentoring artists and arts professionals, providing personal and professional development support and guidance. He is also a writer and cultural commentator. He has appeared on Sky News, Russia Today and BBC Radio 4 and writes on diversity, freedom of expression and censorship in the arts. 

Jenine McGaughrn

Jenine is a freelance curator and project manager working in the visual arts and heritage sector. She has over 10 years’ experience working in curatorial departments in contemporary art galleries and museums including Compton Verney, Ikon Gallery and Grand Union. In her freelance roles she has experience in contemporary visual arts programming and fundraising; has devised and delivered community engagement and heritage projects. Jenine has written for a range of print and online art publications and has undertaken various residencies including the International Curatorial Residency at Firestation Studios, Dublin. She is a graduate of the MFA Curatorial programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Steve Rushton


Steve Rushton studied art and art history at Kingston, The Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck before working in education as a lecturer and Curriculum Area Leader. He started writes poetry performing on radio (Resonance FM) and in London’s East End. Publications include a chapbook collection Burning a Paper Plate—Towards a New Art and first full length collection, towards a new art.

He co-ordinated poetryartexchange(Romania/UK), an international collaborative project involving exhibitions, gigs and an online book of the same name, published by Contemporary Literature Press, the online publishing house of University of Bucharest. His poetry and art are also part of the international project and anthology, Mosty:Bridges (Warsaw). For the past two years he’s received Arts Council England grants: in for a poetryartexchange exhibition at Centrala Birmingham, and for Constanta Project, a poetry and art collaboration based in Romania. He has contributed to international cultural journals


Jesse Smith

Jesse Leroy Smith exhibits internationally in commercial and public galleries, art fairs, and travels widely for art residencies and research. He curates multimedia shows in dis-used and transitory spaces by gathering large groups of artists, performers, educators, experts, organisations and the public to collaborate and re imagine Art shows.  He leads the Mentoring Programme for emerging artists at Newlyn school of Art and is a visiting lecturer at Falmouth University. Last year he staged the solo show  ‘Force Majeure’ at Tremenheere sculpture gallery and gardens in Cornwall and curated ‘Sol Force’ for the summer solstice there, with over 50 artist’s in aid of  ‘Freedom from Torture’. 

Jonathan Swain


Jonathan Swain enjoys wandering, prying into gaps. Collecting quirky scraps of history, listening to stories, leftover phrases or spotting other clues to be sifted and pulled together to reveal unexpected links.. Jonathan is a founding member of the Liverpool based arts collective Visual Stress. He was invited to co-ordinate the 65 city wide exhibitions that formed Tracey part of the first Liverpool Biennial, cited by the judging panel as one of the factors instrumental in the success of the City of Culture bid. He has designed several film and award winning theatre productions.

Alice Walton

Alice Walton’s work is centred around the staging of representational images, usually from magazines and books, within sculptural installations. Her practice is concerned with the relationship between image and object: how found images can be re-presented to shake-shift perceptions and suggest new possibilities.

She is represented by Tintype gallery, London.



Simon Whitehead

Simon Whitehead is a movement artist who lives and works from his base in rural Wales. Originally a geographer, his practice is located in an ongoing correspondence between ecological ideas and choreographic practice. He is interested in how the lifeworld of materials and other than human things is always at play in organising forms of movement and thinking that have human affect. 
Simon makes performance work, creates an occasional dance micro festival and co-manages dance artist residencies in his home village in Pembrokeshire and travels widely, often on foot! He has collaborated over many years with Melbourne based sound artist Barnaby Oliver and for over 25 years he has led the annual Locator series of workshops, exploring ideas around location, ecology and movement practice.
Simon is currently an AHRC- funded Phd practice-researcher at Glasgow University.