Our Staff

Yasmin Canvin

James Steventon
Education Officer

Michael Supple
Development Manager

Michael Supple has now come to the end of his current 12-month contract with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art)

Sophie Cullinan
Sudborough Green Lodge Coordinator
Education Coordinator

Emma Davies
Education Coordinator
CE Coordinator

Nita Nathwani
Education Coordinator
Sam Read
Education Curator (Public Programme)

Staff Biographies

Yasmin Canvin

Yasmin Canvin has worked in the contemporary visual arts sector for over 20 years. Her broad experience includes a range of roles at four art galleries; leading a Curatorial Fellowship programme in the East region; and more recently initiating and delivering projects in public spaces across Northamptonshire for Fermynwoods Contemporary.

Her distinctive curatorial practice is informed by her interest in cross-disciplinary artists’ practice, social issues and audience engagement, with previous projects including Aftershock; Conflict, Violence and Resolution in Contemporary Art (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art), Paper Cuts (toured to 4 venues), SELF (toured to 6 venues) and Like Gold Dust (Angel Row Gallery).

Yasmin has curated professional development programmes, such as the engage conference When Art and Context Leads to Meaning – International Artists’ Practice, Education and Interpretation; and the conference Interlace; thinking on textiles through social and cross-disciplinary dialogue at Nottingham Castle, as well as international research trips to Australia and India.

She was a Trustee for QUAD for 6 years and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Visual Art and Gallery Education.


James Steventon

James’ approach to education and outreach, taking artistic and conceptual practice as the origin for a wide range of rich educational activity, is informed by his own independent artistic practice, which draws on corporeal physicality and new technology. James’ understanding and trust in contemporary art practice complements Yasmin’s curatorial approach. FCA’s resulting programme of engagement is integrated with, rather than additional to our curatorial programme, offering a wide range of meaningful possibilities for participation.

Previously, James has worked in arts education for clients including The National Centre for Craft & Design, The Fishmarket Gallery, Northants County Council, Corby Borough Council and the National Association of Gifted Children.

James’ skills include delivery and management of education programmes; fund raising; evaluation; young people’s consultancy; desktop publishing; video editing; computational coding; critical writing; and running.

James has lectured at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University for over 10 years, as well as leading professional development activities at other universities across the country.

James has also worked in a creative freelance role for a wide variety of clients including one of London’s oldest studio groups; Sotheby’s; The British Council; and Triumph Motorcycles.


Michale Supple

Michael Supple is a facilitator of learning; an extensive background working in, and with, a variety of education and organisational settings has encompassed the roles of teacher, senior manager, coach, and consultant.

Michael has a deep understanding of how individuals learn and the support needed to help organisations develop strategically. Drawing on decades of knowledge and practice, Michael specialises in working collaboratively with clients to help them understand, and articulate, the essence of their practice. Working with the strengths of the staff and conscious of the organisation’s history, Michael supports individuals and organisations develop realistic strategies for growth that remain true to their mission.


Sophie Cullinan

Sophie Cullinan is a visual philosopher and maker of interactive artworks and performances. She utilises discarded materials to reveal forgotten histories and beauty within that which is overlooked. She is currently exploring issues of control within participatory practice.


Emma Davies

Emma Davies is an artist and educator whose artistic practice spans disciplines that include Performance and Live Art, Installation, Book Sculptures, Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media Construction and Theatre Devising, Production and Design.

Primarily she is motivated by the power of experience and communicating this to an audience. These experiences can range from an intense engagement with a novel, architecture, the natural and urban environments, cultural events and those transient moments one experiences when waiting for something.

Emma’s approach to artistic education is underpinned by her understanding of social pedagogic principles which focus on providing a holistic educational experience; she considers that young people’s emotional and social needs are as equally important to their educational ones.

Emma has worked in arts education with young people for over 20 years, is a Creative Projects Associate at Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, has worked as an Artist Educator with NN Contemporary Art and Fermynwoods Contemporary Art and most recently with Full House Theatre in Bedford.


Nita Nathwani

Nita Nathwani is a ceramic artist and an arts education practitioner. She throws pots and also makes wired ceramic sculptures, paper clay framed abstracts, ‘kirigami’ plaques and nightlights inspired especially by sea life, sculpted textiles and the built environment.

Nita is a member of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and Design Factory. She has exhibited several times particularly in the Midlands, and has had her work stocked in local galleries. She was commissioned to make the Northamptonshire Food and Drinks Trophies in 2011. She co-project managed the Made in Northamptonshire shop in 2013.

Focused on understanding customers and data, she previously worked in the commercial world as a business analyst. Of British Indian origin and brought up in Kenya, she is a mother of two teenage boys, having travelled for several months before she had children. Her passions are also singing and engaging in fitness activities. Nita draws on this varied experience in both her bodies of work and in her process oriented workshops.


Sam Read

Sam Read is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and graduate of De Montfort University with a practice which encompasses sculpture, performance, drawing and digital media.

Sam holds a space at 2 Queens gallery and studio complex in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter of which he is also a committee member. Sam works for Fermynwoods Contemporary Art as the Education Curator.

November 2016

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