About us

Developing Creative & Connecting Communities with arts and culture

Below you will find:

  • More information about Babylon ARTS
  • Info our our staff team
  • Info about our trustees

View information about visiting us during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Link to our statement in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement

What is Babylon ARTS?

Our mission is to develop creativity and connect communities with arts and culture.

Our aims are:

  1. For Babylon ARTS to be seen as an essential part of the area’s cultural, economic and artistic life.
  2. To enrich more people’s lives through our inspiring and dynamic Creative Spaces*, Creative Communities* & Cultural Education programmes
  3. To build our networks, developing partnerships and connections that enable us to grow arts and cultural provision for the enjoyment of people across West Anglia
  4. To nurture creative practice of those who live and work in West Anglia, providing opportunities through our programmes, to showcase their work.

*We're developing how we talk about our work, the Creative Spaces strand includes the Babylon Gallery and Ely Cinema. Creative Communities includes our project work.

We are:

Resourceful: we seek to develop new partnerships and create opportunities through our work to increase opportunities for arts and creativity to flourish.

Passionate: We care deeply about the communities in which we work and will work fervently to showcase and develop engaging and exciting creative opportunities.

Curious: we are interested in people’s ideas and in new ways of working. We’re open to trying new things and taking considered risks to reach new audiences. We’re keen to invoke curiosity in the communities we work in.

Inclusive: we value diversity, promote equality and provide 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 (operated by ADEC, Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire), is an independent company limited by guarantee and a registered charity 1043197. 

Our Annual Report & Accounts are available to download from Companies House. Details can also be found on our organisation's pages on the Charity Commission website.


  1. Our Staff

The team, from top left to right:

John Yarrow - Box Office and Administration Officer (CPP MarketPlace Project)

Claire Somerville - Chief Executive

Colin Stevens - Creative Agent (CPP MarketPlace Project)

Florence Rose - Head of Project Delivery (on Maternity Leave from 27th May 2021)

Olivia Hewkin - Head of Project Delivery (Maternity Cover) ((not pictured yet))

Lorna O'Brien - Creative Manager (CPP MarketPlace Project)

Alice Cramer - Marketing & Communications Officer (incl CPP MarketPlace Project)

Ali Atkins - Creative Agent (CPP MarketPlace Project)

Chris Leedham - Box Office and Administration Officer (not pictured yet)

Our Trustees

Linda McCord (Chair) Linda McCord has worked to improve services for people using transport for the past ten years. As a Senior Manager at Transport Focus, and Chair of the West Midlands Bus Alliance, she ensures that passengers are at the heart of national and local government decisions and that the transport user voice is being heard. As Chair of the West Midlands Bus Alliance, the first of its kind in the UK, she works with bus operators, local councils, and other partners to deliver high levels of passenger satisfaction and drive forward investment in bus services. Prior to that she was regional manager at the Consumer Council for Postal Services, worked for a short while at Cambridgeshire Acre and for many years assisted unemployed people secure work. She is an amateur artist enjoying painting using various media including felting, mosaic and stained glass.

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 (Secretary) 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.

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.

Catherine Harvey retired in 2014 as Deputy Chair of the Prisoners Review Board (Parole) in Western Australia.  Prior to that she enjoyed a career in the UK focussed on consumer interests.  For nearly 20 years she was a non executive director within the NHS with a special interest in patient and public involvement in the development of health services and was Chair of the Consumer Council for Water (Eastern) from 2000 to 2007.  She also sat on Boards for Safeguarding Children, the Royal College for Veterinary Surgeons and a Mental Health Tribunal as an independent lay representative. She first came to the fens in 2000 and has developed a strong interest in local archaeology and has participated in several digs.  She enjoys walking and cycling throughout East Anglia. Since retiring and moving to Ely Catherine is engaged as a volunteer with the National Institute of Health Research as the Lay Representative on the Eastern Executive Committee, the Oxfam bookshop in Ely and Babylon Arts.

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. She is also 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. 

Al Tyrrell is a writer, theatre-maker and secondary school English teacher in training. At university, they wrote and directed queer plays with their company Pink Soap Theatre, as well as engaging in various student art projects, including the annual Queens Arts’ Festival. More recently they have undertaken research work for participatory arts collective Empathy Museum in South London, where they grew up. Currently, they are teaching English at St Ivo Academy in St Ives for students who have missed learning due to the pandemic.

Theresa Veith (info to follow)

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