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Trustees and Key Roles

  • Angela Childs

    Chair / Trustee

    I took a CertEd in Art & Education at the University of Leeds, followed by a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration at the University of Hull. I also have a Certificate in Art Curating from Chelsea School of Art. Much of my career has been spent working in London, with, for and alongside artists. I’ve been with Hastings Arts Forum for eight years in various capacities, including Deputy Chair and as curator or organiser of a number of exhibitions. I am now looking forward to the exciting new phase ahead of us and to playing my part in bringing Hastings Arts Forum to an even wider public.

  • Jo Welsh


    I have been working in adult education, both in the private and public sector, since leaving art school. Currently I help manage programmes of learning for The Corporation of London as well as progressing my own studio practise.

    I was a Governor at Sir John Cass Primary School 1998-2018 and have a long experience of being an active member of committees and meetings making financial and strategic decisions.
    I have lived and worked in Hastings for 9 years and have been exhibiting and curating at HAF since 2011. I organised the first Big Draw at HAF in 2013, and became a Trustee in 2018.

  • Ian O'Leary

    Head of Marketing Team / Trustee

    Born in Sheffield where I studied graphics for 2 years and then photography at Derby College of Art before moving to London in the seventies to work as a freelance assistant. I then ran a busy studio for over 40 years and brought up my four children with my partner Helen, finally semi retiring to St Leonards in 2016.

    I work with the marketing team producing images for publicity including social media,the website and local press. I enjoy working with the members and contributing to the Forum in any way I can.

  • Lesley Barker

    Head of Exhibitions

    I have been Head of Exhibitions at HAF for the last couple of years. I enjoy meeting all our artists, looking at their work with the rest of the exhibitions committee, and planning the exhibitions calendar for HAF. I also head the hanging committee, and we are very busy every Monday when we curate and hang the wide variety of exhibitions we present to the public.

  • Rachel Holtom

    Volunteers Organiser

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