Laura Joy is Head of Education at the Roche Court Educational Trust. As a qualified teacher and artist-educator she has devised and delivered high quality arts education programmes for over two decades, including with the National Trust, the British Library, and Arts University Bournemouth.
Her BA in Fine Art and Art History at University of the Arts London led Laura to an understanding of the impact that contemporary art can have on individuals and the valuable part it can play in building strong, diverse communities. Her aim ever since has been to facilitate exciting projects and learning experiences that help to develop qualities such as resilience, confidence and independence.
Laura completed an MA in Fine Art Printmaking and, alongside her work at Roche Court, she makes prints, artist’s books and zines, with a special interest in objects and their connection to memory.
Julieann Worrall Hood is Creative Education Consultant to the Roche Court Educational Trust. An artist educator with over twenty years experience of devising and leading projects in schools, museums, communities, theatres and art galleries, before joining the team at Roche Court, Julieann was a lecturer and subject leader on the Contemporary Arts Practice degree course at Bath Spa University. Creative, interdisciplinary and multi-sensory engagement with the arts can develop critical thinking and enquiry, problem solving, intellectual curiosity and self esteem and Julieann’s mission is to continue to find and create opportunities for all to take part in wonderful moments of shifted perception, insight and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art.
Jenny Cooper is our Education Officer and most recent addition to the team. She has several years of experience working in contemporary art galleries, schools and community contexts. Jenny studied Fine Art before completing a Masters Degree in Art & Design in Education at UCL Institute of Education, and has since been developing creative learning and engagement programmes in organisations including Studio Voltaire and The Showroom. Most recently she has been working at Whitechapel Gallery as Education Assistant, delivering participatory projects for children, young people, educators and community groups in collaboration with artists and creative practitioners.
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.
Lucy Hares is our ARTiculation Schools Liaison Officer at the Roche Court Educational Trust, joining the team in June 2019. Lucy has an MSc from Cardiff University in Care of Museum Collections, and an MA in History from UWE Bristol. Since graduating in 2001, Lucy worked in conservation at Historic Royal Palaces in London, was a curator at the London Fire Brigade Museum, and from 2008 worked at the Heritage Lottery Fund as a Development Officer. Lucy was also a Programme Manager on public parks and landscape-scale projects until 2016. After her move to Salisbury in 2017, Lucy has enjoyed volunteering at a local primary school and running in the Wiltshire countryside – so working in the beautiful parkland surrounding Roche Court combines her love of the arts, education and the great outdoors.
Timothy Revell is Communications and Outreach Officer for ARTiculation, having joined in 2018 after completing an MSt at the University of Oxford as the John Bamborough Msc Scholar in the Humanities, Linacre College in the History of Art and Visual Culture, writing on Peter Paul Rubens. Tim also studied at the Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario where he was the Medal Winner in Art History. In 2015-16, Tim was a Baden-Württemberg Scholar at the Universität Heidelberg in Germany, where he worked on the international project Women Cross Media that was exhibited at the State Collections of Dresden in 2017, specifically working on porcelain in the collection of August the Strong.
An ardent athlete and sportsman, Tim played ice hockey all over the world and eventually co-founded a 3-on-3 youth hockey program to give back to the community, which became a monumental success, lasting thirteen years and has alumni at the highest levels of the sport. Tim also played on the Squad for the Oxford University Polo Club, travelling all over the UK, Europe and America to represent the University. Tim’s interests in the arts extends a broad spectrum, including an encyclopaedic knowledge of early-twentieth century film, but he is also avidly passionate about getting young people involved in the arts, visual culture and the stimulation of life manifested in the material world.
Peter Stamps joined the ARTiculation Team as a volunteer in 2017 having retired from the British Army. He has an MSc from Cranfield and taught English as a foreign language in Nepal between leaving the Army and coming to Roche Court. Leaving all artistic aspects of ARTiculation to a hugely qualified team, he works on the administrative and logistic support requirements of the programme.
Trustees of The Roche Court Educational Trust
Anne Beckwith-Smith LVO (Chair) retired at the end of 2014 from Tate, having worked 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.
Robert Boyle MA FCA read law at Oxford and practised as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led the UK and European Media and Entertainment Practice until 2007. Since then he has been a non-executive director of a number of public companies in publishing, investment and telecommunications and in the public sector. He is currently a director of Witan Investment Trust, Centaur Media plc and the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a member of the Audit Committee of English Heritage.
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.
Lucy Salisbury BEd Cantab studied History of Art and Education at the University of Cambridge and is a trained Secondary school teacher. Her career in education and youth work spans over thirty years. In 2001, Madeleine Bessborough invited Lucy to establish an education programme at the New Art Centre, which subsequently led to the founding of The Roche Court Educational Trust in 2005. This was led by Lucy until 2009 when she left to concentrate on expanding the Trust’s national ARTiculation project from engaging with 225 young people in one region in 2006 to over 4,000 across 8 regions in England as well as Italy, Ireland and Scotland in 2016. Lucy retired as Head of ARTiculation but as a Board Member continues to actively contribute to the programme.
Lucy is currently on the Governing Board of Wyvern College, Boys Secondary Academy School in Salisbury and a Trustee of the music charity, La Folia. She is a regular volunteer for Salisbury Cathedral Education and a consultant for Art History and Education initiatives.
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.