Over 25 years of experience in education, developing entrepreneurship programmes for students and adult learners in the community and the creative sector. Former member of the Board of Governors at the University for the Creative Arts and Assistant Director for Research of the University for the Creative Arts. Before then Assistant Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Business Development and Director of e-Novate Consultancy Ltd. Initiator and founding member, Director and Board Director of The Margate School.
Fine Art MA
Shirley’s practice and research focuses on broadening the collaborative potential of the visual arts and involves the use of artefacts and digital technologies, with her current work focusing on the significance of walking through particular environments and landscapes. She has extensive experience of teaching and coordinating undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervises a range of interdisciplinary researchers at PhD level. Her work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the AHRB and ACE and she holds the current Creative Physiotherapy Scholarship at Auckland University of Technology working within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences.
I am a visual artist and curator from Iran, although a resident of the UK for some time. I lived in London until recently where I worked for a year as an artist assistant in the studio of Oliver Beer after finishing my MA at Slade School of Arts. I moved to Thanet to participate in the cultural scene here and improve my craft as an artist and curator in connection with the vibrant and diverse creative scene and communities. My practice sits at an intersection of curation and studio-based making and I continue to explore this dynamic crossover in current and planned projects, as well as looking for new settings to develop in locally.
Dominic Rose is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Margate. Using Photography and a range of found materials, he focuses on the interaction between humans and the environment, order and chaos, the sublime and the mundane. Particularly interested in the politics around resources and consumerism, his work illustrates the tension between our growing demand for resources and the interplay with the natural world
Ed studied Computer Science at the University of Kent including a year in
industry at Intel in the Engineering Computing department. Following this he returned to Intel as a graduate working in Shannon, Ireland. He has since returned to the UK and is involved in a number of local community projects including supporting IT at The Margate School.
Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI, Patron of The Margate School, is an Academy Award® winning filmmaker and noted graphic designer. He grew up in Margate and then moved to Hollywood in 1978 to become the Design Director for Saul Bass and Associates. In 1982, Schwartzman was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Since 1996, he has designed many of the key elements for the Annual Academy Awards® (“Oscar®”), including commemorative posters, billboards, cinema trailers, and printed programs for the Awards ceremony and Governors Ball.
Becky is the School's Visual Communication Programme coordinator and an established graphic designer & illustrator working with local and national clients. She began her career with a BA(Hons) in Print Media and worked in local government for a number of years, until she became manager of a large design team and brand champion for a London consultancy. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication from the London College of Communication. In 2018 Becky moved to Thanet and set up her own business.
Photo credit: Jasper's Creative
& Events Manager
Lisa has an MA in Fine Art and is primarily a landscape painter. Her subject is the interplay between the interior and the exterior world, this led her to complete a second Master’s degree in Myth Cosmology and the Sacred, fostering a deep and continuing interest in the human condition which is expressed in her paintings. She has a background in arts administration.
Poppy graduated from Leeds Arts University with a degree in Illustration. Whilst studying she was involved in Leeds based GROSS studio, collaborative projects and design commissions. Poppy has experience working with sculpture artist Nick Garnett, working on immersive and moving sculptures integrating improv performance. Currently working as the digital marketing apprentice, Poppy continues her illustration practice and picks up design work from family and friends.
Fine Art MA
Francesca studied Commercial Photography at AUB before working as photographic and production assistant within fashion and advertising. Francesca worked at UCA Canterbury for several years running photographic workshops and supporting students within Lens Based Media on the Foundation Diploma. Since then she has continued work as a creative workshop facilitator and freelance photographer and more recently, Programme Coordination.
Estelle has a background in Performing and Participatory Arts and works as a creative producer. She is the studio manager and promotes community building and knowledge exchange at the Margate School.
Claudine has experience in the multimedia industry specialising in digital marketing and creative development for websites and brands. Claudine has a proven track record collaborating on simultaneous campaigns at award-winning digital media company, 1854, publishers of the world’s oldest photography title, British Journal of Photography. She graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA Degree in Contemporary Media Practice.
Geoff is the Secretary of the Margate Civic Society and a trustee of Monkton
Nature Reserve. His earlier career was in book publishing and he spent 30
years of undetected crime at the Ministry of Justice, He worked with the TMS Director on the original Margate Economic Plan for the Coastal Community Fund application and continues to seek out funding possibilities and events as
well as providing some stewarding when required. He sees TMS as having enormous potential for de-ghosting the High Street, supporting our growing creative community and contributing to easing community problems - notably in providing skills for employment