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

Our Annual Report for 2016/17 is also available, for a copy please contact: office@babylonarts.org.uk

What is Babylon ARTS?

Babylon ARTS is the organisation, (operated by ADEC) comprising: The Babylon Gallery, Ely Cinema, a live events programme and all community projects (including Market Place) presented within Ely, East Cambridgeshire and beyond.

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

  • Accessibility: Offering a range of arts and creative 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 locally and regionally.
  • 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.

Babylon ARTS (operated by ADEC, Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire), is an independent company limited by guarantee and a registered charity 1043197

Our Staff

Claire Somerville - Executive Director

Claire re-joined Babylon ARTS (ADEC) in August 2018, having previously delivered projects for the organisation between 2004 and 2006. Claire has been working in the arts for over 15 years, most recently as Head of Children and Young People's Dance at One Dance UK. Claire also chaired the Creative Royston committee for two years, a voluntary arts organisation that delivers an annual town-wide arts festival. In this new role at Babylon ARTS, Claire will be overseeing operations and working with the team to achieve its ambitions as a charity committed to inspiring, developing and delivering quality arts events and activities to engage communities across rural Cambridgeshire and beyond.

Caroline Cawley - Director of Gallery and Cinema

Caroline has worked for Babylon ARTS (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 developed a strong cohort of volunteers and is very proud of the strength of support that the organisation has within the Ely local community. The refurbishment of Babylon Gallery and relaunch of the charity as Babylon ARTS has seen the introduction of high profile visual arts exhibitions by renowned artists as well partnership events with Cambridge Open Studios, local community groups and independent regional and local artists.

Florence Tong - Head of Project Delivery

Florence joined Babylon ARTS in Spring 2018, bringing experience gained from a variety of roles in the cultural sector.  Most recently, Florence worked on the e-Luminate Cambridge team, co-ordinating and managing a range of events and activities.  Florence has fresh ideas to Babylon, and is keen to make connections with organisations and artists who are interested in developing areas.  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.

Amy Wormald - Consultant

Amy has worked in the arts in Cambridgeshire for over 14 years, leading and supporting a range of creative projects and programmes.  Amy has a broad skills set gained from the non-profit, public and private sectors, including experience in strategic planning, event management, engagement and communications.  Amy started working with Babylon ARTS in May 2018, to explore ways in which the organisation can make better connections with local residents, businesses and potential supporters.  Alongside this work, Amy is a practising artist and an Ely resident who is passionate about the vibrant and growing local community.

Market Place Team : Meet the team

The Market Place project has received funding from Arts Council England to run a second phase of creative programmes and arts activities from 2018 - 2021 that offers new and innovative ways to engage audiences and support local artists in areas of low engagement across Fenland and Forest Heath.

Theresa Veith - Operations and Development Director (interim)

Lorna O'Brien - Creative Manager

Kayleigh Boyle - Communications Officer and Audience Development 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 - Administrative and Events Officer
John started volunteering for AdeC in 2012 and has always been very proud of the way in which the charity reaches out to areas with low arts engagement. Market Place was therefore a logical move for John to learn more about how he can help people get more out of creativity and the arts. John has a BA (Hons) in Literature and Cultural Studies from Staffordshire University.

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.

Emily Chase works in Learning and Engagement at Kettle's Yard. After achieving her Arts and Design Foundation Diploma at Norwich University of the Arts, she studied Fine Art at Loughborough University Schools of Arts and Design.  Emily has worked at Norwich and Norfolk Festival Bridge, Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts, the National Centre for Craft and Design, ADeC (Arts Development for East Cambridgeshire), Smiths Row, Momentum Arts and as an independent freelance arts education practitioner. She is also the founder of Mummas&More; a creative events programme and blog based in East Cambridgeshire.

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 practice.

Iain Downey has had a long serving career as a practising solicitor for over 30 years with considerable experience of public facing bodies and still works as a consultant in relevant areas of the law. Prior to retirement Iain was Chief Executive, Solicitor and Clerk to the Middle Level Commissioners (MLC), a statutory public authority operating in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. With a long interest in the organisation as an audience member, Iain's daughter is currently in the final stages of completing her Gold Arts Award under the guidance of Babylon ARTS.

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.

Stuart Green is a full time practising artist and tutor. Stuart has extensive experience as artist in residence in schools and with public art commissions. A retired previous Director of Art, he is a frequent tutor at Denman College, Oxfordshire and has worked with Babylon ARTS for many years as exhibitor, judge, curator, volunteer and now trustee.

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.

David Johnson David Johnson has joined Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy as Head of Programme to help grow and deliver the programme as it moves into the Arts Council England funded National Portfolio as a sector support organisation. David joins from the Albany, an arts centre and social enterprise in Deptford, London, where he was Head of Development. David joined the Albany in 2011 and was responsible for earned and raised income generation, partnership development and contract management for the organisation. Prior to this he worked in the Cultural Development team for the London Borough of Hackney supporting the development of 2012 Cultural Olympiad projects and producing the borough's key youth arts festival, Discover Young Hackney. He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. 

Vandy Massey is an experienced businesswoman, company founder and non-executive director. She spent 10 years as a trustee of a community charity and is currently an advisor to family trusts. Since 2010 Vandy has been a practicing artist, working mainly in the medium of watercolour. She is a member of Cambridge Open Studios, and Chair of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists.

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.

Tom Shallaker is an experienced arts fundraiser and is currently Development Manager at Cambridge Live. Tom has previously worked in fundraising roles at a wide range of cultural organisations including Northern Ballet and Sheffield Theatres. Tom is passionate about widening access to the arts into new communities, and after moving to Cambridgeshire last year, he is excited about helping Babylon Arts achieve their ambitions across the region.

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