About us

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

ADEC runs Babylon Arts, we are a charity committed to inspiring, developing and delivering quality arts events and activities to engage communities in Ely and beyond. Charity number: 1043197

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 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 talents
  • Sustainability: Nurturing local talent 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.

ADeC is 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 13 years. She co-ordinates the Babylon Gallery, Ely Cinema and Live music programmes 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 company and will see the introduction of a new live programme in the gallery space as well as new visual arts exhibitions with Cambridge Open Studios and 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 is managing a number of different projects, visit our projects page to find out more.

Lorry Spry - Box Office Manager / Technician

Lorry began his association with ADeC by attending a youth project and gained experience both backstage and as a performer. He is Babylon ARTS first Creative Apprentice, having completed his Level 3 Live Events & Promotions course. His main roles include helping with the day to day venue operations, managing the Cinema and Events box office, setting up & operating technical for Live events and equipment hires.

Kate Hall – Project Director for Market Place

Kate runs the Creative People and Places (CPP) project Market Place for ADEC. Its focus is about long term collaborations between local people, artists and partner with a 10 year vision for more people creating and experiencing great art in Fenland and Forest Heath: Brandon, Chatteris, March, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Whittlesey and Wisbech. Kate has a diverse career in theatre from running her own company ‘Jumped Up Theatre’ to working for organisations from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in roles from Assistant Director to Education Officer. Kate was previously responsible for running audience development projects in Peterborough and was also the lead partner for their CPP programme.

Elena Shampanova – Marketing Manager for Market Place

Elena’s background is in cross-cultural communication, PR and marketing for non-profits and arts management. She worked as Arts project manager and later as Head of Marketing and Communications for the British Council, Russia and developed a deep insight into the cultural industries in Russia and the UK, together with a diverse network of arts professionals in both countries. Her interests lie in community arts projects, creative industries and their contribution to local economies including arts provision for children and young people.

Our Trustees

Simon Gilligan (Chair of Trustees) has a wide range of experience staging events, both cultural and commercial,here 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 ADeC does to further many aspects of the arts throughout the wider community.

John Hunter (Treasurer) is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with many years’ experience as a Senior Finance Manager in a variety of manufacturing and service companies. He has been working with the charity over a number of years and was appointed as a Trustee in July 2014 and Treasurer in March 2015.

Brian Watson (Vice Chair)

Afua Osei has spent 14 years working at the interface of the private sector and universities in external relations, academic spin-out companies and knowledge transfer. Prior to her current role as Business Development Director for Cambridge Executive Education, she worked at Oxford University's Saïd Business School for five years as Head of Programmes within the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Afua is passionate about the arts, culture and creativity and, has a particular interest in the link between these areas and economic development.

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 Project Manager at Commissions East, Cambridge. She now works as a freelance project manager and educator alongside her art practice.

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.

Dr Allison Morris. Allison Morris is a law graduate who taught criminology at Edinburgh University, Cambridge University and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  She has been a volunteer at the Ely Cinema and Babylon Gallery for the past 10 years.  She is interested in and collects outsider art and tribal art and started the Babylon Film Club.  ​

Pamela Pfrommer is an experienced arts consultant and trainer with a 25 year career that spans marketing and audience development, fundraising and academia. She ran the Arts Management Masters degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for over 10 years and currently works part-time for The Audience Agency, a national consultancy that helps cultural organisations use insight to understand, retain and grow their audiences. Pamela is a passionate advocate of the arts as a force for social change and is interested in the social and economic impacts that culture can have on communities.

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