The Roche Court Educational Trust Staff Team
Emma Kerr is Head of Education at Roche Court Educational Trust in Wiltshire, where she delivers an innovative educational programme. Since starting the role in 2012, she has been instrumental in launching a new learning framework ‘Looking, Thinking and Speaking’ to underpin all activities at the Trust, with a mission to find tailored approaches for all to take part. Emma has introduced many new initiatives, including the ‘Exchanges’ performance project in partnership with Pavilion Dance South West. Successes have included a 138% increase in participation and engagement in the education programme, from an ever widening group of people, through projects such as the ‘Multi-Sensory Art Project’, which provides arts experiences for young people with disabilities, and ‘Seeing Beyond’ with the Help for Heroes run recovery centre, Tedworth House. Previously, she was Education Officer at ArtSway. On a freelance basis Emma runs ‘Green Space Community Project’ a creative gardening project for communities to eat, meet, share and create together through allotment sites attached to cultural organisations or facilities. She studied at Wimbledon School of Art, MA Sculpture and at the Arts University Bournemouth, BA (Hons) Fine Art.
Beth Biddiss joined the Roche Court Educational Trust as Education Assistant following her career as a teacher in both primary and secondary schools. Having completed an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University in 2015, she was keen to combine her love of sculpture with the skills she has developed over the years through teaching. Beth’s particular sculptural interest lies in experimenting with materials to document the passing of time, which has led her to work with a diverse range materials including ice, wax, coal, magnesium sulphate and even candyfloss! She loves being in the sculpture park and having the opportunity to listen to the fascinating range of thoughts, observations and opinions shared by those who visit – each and every contribution being meaningful, interesting and unique.
Francesca Wilson joined The Roche Court Educational Trust in 2016 to work on ARTiculation. Having hosted ARTiculation Regional Heats for 4 years as Head of Education at the Saatchi Gallery, she wanted to devote her time fully to the programme. Francesca loves ARTiculation because it encourages young people to make independent discoveries and develop their own voices and love of art. Working specifically on communications and the ARTiculation alumni network, Francesca enjoys finding new opportunities and experiences for young people. Francesca studied History of Art at the University of Bristol and wants to ensure that Art History is accessible to teachers in all schools across the country. Francesca is also a Trustee of Positive View Foundation, a charity that changes the lives of young adults through the medium of photography.
Josepha Sanna joined the Roche Court Educational Trust in 2014. As ARTiculation Outreach, she is able to share her fervour for art with the next generation of art historians, and help dissipate the myths and preconceptions gathered around public speaking. Josepha studied Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth, specialising in sculpture, so is happy to be surrounded by the New Art Centre’s grounds and contents. She continued her education at the Courtauld Institute of Art, before gaining an MA in History of Art from the University of Sussex in 2016, alongside working as freelance artist liaison and co-ordinator for a variety of international projects.
Catherine Cooke joined The Roche Court Educational Trust in 2017 to work with the ARTiculation team. Having worked as Learning and Engagement Coordinator at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, she moved South and continued to engage young people in art and public speaking at the National Citizen Service. Joining the ARTiculation Team was a great opportunity to combine her love of art, meticulous planning and engaging new audiences in the arts. She is passionate about supporting young people from diverse backgrounds to enjoy the arts and provide a platform for them to learn, develop ideas and talk about the arts. As the number of schools participating in the ARTiculation Prize continues to grow Catherine is supporting the ARTiculation Team with the logistics of the national events and working closely with schools to ensure they have the support needed. Catherine studied Art, Museum and Gallery Education MA at Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle after completing her Fine Art degree at Newcastle University. Catherine is also the Curator at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, where she enjoys working with emerging artists and the local creative community.
Trustees of The Roche Court Educational Trust
Anne Beckwith-Smith LVO (Chair) retired at the end of 2014 from Tate, having working as Head of Campaigns in the Development Office since late 1990, with particular responsibility for Tate’s capital campaigns. After the opening of Tate Modern in May 2000, Anne undertook a part-time joint honours BA degree in History and History of Art at University College London. Prior to joining Tate, Anne was Assistant Private Secretary and Lady in Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales from 1981-1990, but continuing in a part time capacity until the summer of 1997. Anne has also worked at the Arts Council (Exhibitions Department) and Sothebys (British Paintings Department). Anne is also a Trustee of Salisbury Museum, City & Guilds of London Art School and is on the Advisory Board to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Madeleine Bessborough OBE FRCA started the New Art Centre in Sloane Street in 1958. It was a non-profit gallery to help young artists establish their careers. The trustees included Lord Clark of Saltwood, Lord Sainsbury, Sir Robin Darwin and Sir John Rothenstein. Madeleine was on the Council of the Royal College of Art from 1962 until 1973.
In 1993 the gallery moved to Roche Court in Wiltshire to concentrate on modern and contemporary sculpture. The gallery was asked by Sir Alan Bowness to represent the Hepworth Estate. Since 1997 a contemporary Gallery, the Artists House (modelled on Kettle’s Yard) and other ancillary buildings have been added to the facilities at Roche Court, all designed by Stephen Marshall RIBA.
The Roche Court Educational Trust and the ARTiculation Prize has developed from the New Art Centre’s activities at Roche Court, with the support of exhibiting artists.
Madeleine Bessborough is a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. Married in 1963, her husband died in 2002. She has two sons and has eight grandchildren.
William Grant MA MEd graduated from University College Falmouth in 2008 having studied for a BA(Hons) in Illustration. The following three years saw short stints in various UK publishing houses including Cannongate Books, Random House and the National Portrait Gallery Publications, as well as the completion of a Masters Degree in Publishing at University College London. In 2011 he trained in Education at Queens’ College Cambridge and began teaching the following year at a state grammar school in South London. While in post he has completed further post-graduate research, overseen international relationships with Richmond College in Sri Lanka, taken on the responsibilities of Senior Housemaster and Head of Year, coached basketball and taught four years of Art and Design qualifications.
Will has brought many art students to visit the New Art Centre and entered three student speakers into the London regional heats of the ARTiculation Prize. Personal passions include drawing, long distance running, mountaineering and travel.
Simon Periton studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art, London. He has exhibited widely in Britain and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include The Rose Engine, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2013; Resistance is Fertile, Waddesdon Manor, Celestial Agriculture, New Art Centre, Roche Court, both 2015. His work has been included in prominent group shows including Regenerate Art, Kunstverein Muenchen, Munich, Germany, 2014; The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives, UK, 2009; Wunschwelten, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 2007, and the 2007 and 2004 Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy, London. Recent public commissions include projects for Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, Channel Four, London Borough of Camden, University of Oxford. He is currently working on two new permanent installations in both ticket halls of the new Elizabeth line (Crossrail) station at Farringdon.
Simon lives and works in Bath.
Rhoddy Voremberg MA has an MA in Classics and Law from Magdalene College, Cambridge, is a solicitor and Head of the Private Client team at Farrer & Co. He is renowned for his work with heritage property and landed estates and a former Senior Partner of Wilsons in Salisbury.
Rhoddy is a member of the Taxation and Political Committee of the Historic Houses Association, a Trustee of the Stanley Picker Trust and a Member of the Council of The Royal College of Music.
Interests include match rifle shooting (capt English Eight 1996-2001), fly-fishing, typography and fine art. Rhoddy is also an amateur silversmith. He lives in Odstock, Salisbury, and is married with three adult children.