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The TMS Team

We're a small but dedicated team of practicing creatives. All members of the team work part time to run the School, its postgraduate courses, studios, facilities, events, exhibitions and workshops. Explore this page to find out more about our staff and their practices, and get in touch with us if you want to chat.

Claire-Beth Gibson

Admissions and Student Recruitment

After her Fine Art BA from Goldsmiths, Claire-Beth had an eclectic mix of vocations from circus nanny and costume maker, to performance artist, set designer and HGV driver. Since then she has hung up her nomadic boots and joined the first Visual Communication Design programme at The Margate School, where she learned how to combine her multitude of skills. She also works as a graphic designer with local social enterprises and artists, and as an assistant animator.

Lisa Hawkins

Events & Exhibitions Manager

Lisa has an MA specialising in oil painting, she exhibits widely and is interested in the phenomenology of perception through the vehicle of landscape. She has a second MA in Myth Cosmology and the Sacred, which informs her paintings through an interest in archetypal psychology and symbolism. Her background is in HE Arts Administration, studio management and the private sector.

Ruyin Nabizadeh

Head of Curatorial Programme

Ruyin Nabizadeh is an Iranian visual artist and curator based in Margate and is a member of The Margate School community. His practice includes installation, text and sound and focuses on deep histories, particularly hierarchies within cultural production and the intersection of queerness, hospitality within representational traditions. Ruyin investigates queer-feminist strategies expanding aesthetic traditions to include more voices and perspectives. He is interested in facilitating newer forms of identification/ disidentification untouched by dominant power structures; cultivating polyvocality and respected differences.
Ruyin received his BA in History of Art and Fine Art and his MA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2019, with research in Post-colonial Artistic Positions and Modalities of Representation. He is currently a researcher at Azad Gallery (Tehran) as well as being a founding member of the artistic collective Bambi Woods, Space 52 and Ergo Space (Athens).

Dominic Rose

Darkroom Manager

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

Uwe Derksen

Director

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.​

Jenny Duff

Marketing & Communications

With a career spent in studio, gallery, film and festival management in Margate, the UK and Internationally, Jenny brings her experience to The Margate School.

Using skills learnt in these fields and her own business producing and selling tableware, she is a key communicator within the team. If asked, she would say that her Super Power is making connections.

Ed Gray

I.T. Volunteer

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.

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