About us

'Putting arts, culture and entertainment at the heart of everyday life'

Babylon ARTS, (operated by ADeC) is a charity committed to inspiring, developing and delivering quality arts events and activities to engage communities in Ely and beyond. Charity number: 1043197

Find out more about our work:

Annual Report 2015/16


 

What is Babylon ARTS?

Babylon ARTS is the new organisation, (operated by ADeC) comprising: The Babylon Gallery, Ely Cinema, a live events programme and all community projects and activities presented within Ely and East Cambridgeshire.

Babylon ARTS offers a wide ranging programme to actively engage audiences in four key ways:

  • Accessibility: Offering a range of arts experiences in an open, transparent and inclusive way
  • Quality: Striving to provide a quality cultural offer through events in partnership with professional and amateur cultural organisations that showcase the best and brightest talent
  • Sustainability: Nurturing skills development and providing a platform for professional development to grow, thereby contributing to the local and regional creative economy
  • Diversity: Valuing diversity, promoting equality and providing a supportive environment for artists, audiences, partners and businesses to be creative in response to a variety of art forms, styles and genres.

Babylon ARTS is operated by ADeC, Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire, an independent company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.


Our Staff

Caroline Cawley - Co-Director

Caroline has worked for ADeC for over 15 years. She co-ordinates the Babylon Gallery, Ely Cinema and Live events programme as well as overseeing all marketing and communications. Caroline has also focused on developing a strong cohort of volunteers and is very proud of the strength of support that the organisation has within the Ely local community. The relaunch of ADeC as Babylon ARTS is the next chapter in the development of the organisations and sees the introduction of high profile visual arts exhibitions in the newly refurbished gallery space as well partnership events with Cambridge Open Studios, local community groups and independent artists

Nathan Jones - Co-Director

Nathan is an ex-teacher and has worked at ADeC for 15 years. During this time he’s been involved with the Babylon Gallery, cinema and event management. Nathan’s current work for Babylon ARTS focuses on youth projects, community development and training initiatives such as Arts Award. He is an accomplished performer and has been involved in a number of music projects where he has been able to support others to write, record and perform. Currently Nathan manages a number of different projects, including our CPP Market Place programme. Visit our projects page to find out more.

Lorree True - Box Office & Finance

Lorree joined our team in August 2016. She comes from a not-for-profit theatrical background, working in New York City.  Her main roles include helping with the day to day administration and finance as well as managing the Cinema and Events box office.

 

Market Place Team

The Market Place project has received funding from Arts Council England to run a second phase of activities from 2018 - 2021 to deliver an ambitious programme that trials new and innovative ways to engage audiences and support local artists to explore new methods of working in areas of low engagement.

Over the coming months, some new faces will join the team as we recruit for a range of new posts. We would also like to welcome Project Coordinator (Hilary Cox Condron) and Pop Culture Archivist (Jess  Johnston) to deliver the Talkin’ Bout My Generation project from January 2018.

Some familiar faces will continue to be involved; these include Kayleigh Boyle (Communications Officer), John Yarrow (Admin and Finance), Katherine Nightingale (who will be leading our exciting Word Up festival in March 2018) and Ali Atkins (who will be expanding her current Creative Agent role to oversee the development of artistic networks in both Fenland and Forest Heath districts).

We would like to thank the current team leaving Market Place at the end of December for all their hard work on the project which has paved the way for us to enter the next stage of the project with confidence: Catherine Mummery (Programme Manager), Elena Shampanova (Marketing & Audience Development) and Kate Hall (Director).  If you have any queries you would have previously directed to Kate, Catherine or Elena please email them to nathan.jones@babylonarts.org.uk

The next few months will see the development and unveiling of our Celebration Commissions which will see major events happening in Wisbech and Newmarket. It will also see us assessing the needs and priorities of all those that have engaged with us so far as Forum Members and Development Commission holders; and looking at ways of ensuring that Market Place has a strong local voice in everything it does. Look out for further details of networking meetings in 2018 to help us to take these plans forward.

In the meantime thank you for engaging with Market Place. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you further In the New Year.

Best wishes from the Market Place Team


Kayleigh Boyle - Communications Officer

Kayleigh has a background in museums and heritage projects. For the last few years she's been working on projects that have sought to diversify museum and gallery work forces and audiences, and reach under represented communities. She has recently completed an MA in Museum Studies with a dissertation on community engagement with museum collections. Her interest lies in working with diverse and under represented groups, and engaging communities with history and tradition.

John Yarrow - Administrator

Ali Atkins - Creative Agent, Market Place


Our Trustees

Brian Watson (Interim Chair) is a local and regional retail business man who has a long and illustrious history in the arts throughout his working life.  He was instrumental in setting up Cambridge Arts Lab in 1965 which ran until 1972 and for many years was a board member and actor with Combined Actors of Cambridge.  He has also been Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of Sutton Players and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's drama critic, where he was script editor of the long running series Fen Market. Latterly he has been an employed/self-employed writer, director and performer as well as Vice Chair for Babylon ARTS.

Mike Macey FCA (Treasurer) has been involved with charity accounts from an auditing and Trustee perspective for most of his working life. After eleven years plus years with city firms of chartered accountants his commercial career covered many different sectors including charitable enterprises. This involved a number of turnaround or growth situations including preventing a hospice from going into probable insolvency. Mike spent thirteen years as a performance improvement consultant mainly working for Local Government, principally London Councils and their service providers. Mike is currently a trustee of three charities and an occasional preacher in the Church of England, He is married and has three children and three step children. Principal hobbies are gardening, coarse fishing and now mainly armchair sport and his interests include travel and cultural activities - music, theatre and cinema.

Ted Coney has been teaching Art for over forty five years, mostly as Head of Art and Design at Hills Road Sixth Form College, and currently at St Andrews, Cambridge. He also works as a Moderator, Examiner and Trainer in Art Education. Ted has been making paintings about family relationships for many years and currently runs Ted Coney's Family Portraits - a pop-up gallery open to the public on Waterside. He also gives lectures and sells prints connected to his practise.

Simon Gilligan has a wide range of experience staging events, both cultural and commercial, in the UK and abroad, on stage and backstage. He an ex-President of ACT (Anglo Cypriot Theatre) in Nicosia and a founding member and former President of Cambridge Speakers Club. He is passionate about the work Babylon ARTS does to further many aspects of the arts throughout the wider community. Simon stepped down in 2016 after five successful years as Chair of Babylon ARTS, but remains a committed trustee for the organisation.

Linda Holland is an experienced consultant with a long career working in senior management in large national and international charities.  Developing both strategic and implementations plans to deliver large scale projects, implementing organisational change and supporting the development of individuals and teams. She has worked across sectors including health & social care, charity retail, welfare to work, business and social enterprise start-ups and business growth. Previously she has worked in advertising and film production and was a Director in an SME.   As well as a Trustee for Babylon ARTS, Linda is also a Trustee for Cambridge & District Citizens Advice Bureau and chairs their Strategy & Finance Group to diversify income streams.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Pamela Johnson (nee Pfrommer) is an experienced arts management professional, fundraiser and trainer with a 25 year career that spans fundraising policy and practice, marketing, audience development and academia. After ten years working in marketing and fundraising for arts and cultural organisations and 3 years as Audience Development Officer for Arts Council England in Yorkshire she relocated to Cambridge where she was Course Director/Senior Lecturer for the MA Arts Management degree at Anglia Ruskin University and a visiting lecturer for City University in London. She is now a consultant and founding partner of Braithwaite and Johnson - www.bandjconsultancy.co.uk and is interested in the social and economic impacts that arts and culture can have on local communities.

Lyndall Phelps is a visual artist with over 20 years experience in art education, project management and curatorial practice. Prior to becoming a full time artist in 2005 Lyndall worked as Curator of Youth and Community Programmes at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Curator of Display and Interpretation at Compton Verney, Warwickshire and as Project Manager at Commissions East, Cambridge. She now works as a freelance project manager and educator alongside her art practice.
 

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