Meet our team

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Nicky Wheeler

Fair Director Battersea Autumn and MD - UK
After spending her twenties travelling and discovering the secrets of the world, Nicky returned to the UK to find a ‘proper’ job. Several years followed working in marketing and design, both on the client and agency sides.

In 1999 she took a freelance role with the Affordable Art Fair, working with Will Ramsay on the very first fair. All these years later, and she’s still here! A passionate promoter of the arts, Nicky has a particular penchant for original prints.

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Programmes and Partnerships Manager
Another Northerner, Sarah has lived in Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire, completing her BA at Leeds College of Art & Design in 2007. A big move to London followed, and Sarah spent the next five years at the Whitechapel Gallery working in Visitor Services, focusing on disability access and also having the opportunity to work at various art fairs in the UK and US.

Over the years Sarah has busied herself with a studio practice, curating exhibitions and illustrating supermarket value brands, as well as working for East Street Arts, immersive Art & Design company Traces and even worked for a time as a painting assistant in Hackney Wick. Sarah’s interests primarily involve broadening access and interaction with art and promoting the importance of art in enriching lives. Nowadays Sarah focuses on cake related activities, mainly eating, baking and thinking about cake.


Sarah Barrett

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Junior Designer
Graphic Design enthusiast Callum spent his university days turning his tiny student room into an exhibition space, displaying everything from installations to fine art and design. This unconventional approach to arts education led him to graduate with a first class Graphic Design degree in 2013. Since then he has worked on exhibitions and marketing campaigns for the likes of Somerset House and the Design Museum, and has continued to explore the graphics industry working on numerous freelance commissions. Joining us in early 2015, Callum hopes to enhance his contemporary and multi-disciplinary artistic skills in his role as our Junior Designer.

In his spare time Callum can be found falling over on a ski slope, learning Jiu-Jitsu, working in his studio, or ‘losing' his gym card on a regular basis.

Callum Bowdler

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Financial Controller
After a brief stint working in advertising in Chicago, Alison was blown over the oceans to our fair lands, where she undertook her second degree and completed a PhD in English Literature at London’s King College.

Having spent her university life reading books, Alison has spent the last 16 years keeping books for the arts world. She found herself working for theatre and television, and rolled with the punches at the World Wrestling Federation, before we offered Alison her dream job here with us in 2008. We’re good in a fight.

Alison Clarke

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Global Designer
Noni graduated in 2003 with a BA in Graphic and Media Design from the London College of Printing and before joining us in 2005, she spent a few years freelancing in various design roles and travelling around Australia. Having worked across our UK marketing campaigns, one of which was featured in Creative Review, Noni is now working in a global role for us, gracing more of our fairs with her sharp designer’s eye.

Only happy when everything is neatly aligned in grids, Noni’s other passions in life are typography and antique markets. Being the daughter of deli-owning Greek parents, she also claims to make the best spanakopitas in town…who are we to refute when there is free food at stake?

 

Noni Clayton

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Management Team
With a combined degree in Business Management and Drama, Stacey worked for Barclays before taking a place on our stage in 2010. She has been very busy working and studying to achieve her CIMA qualifications. Now qualified to management level, she is currently undertaking her final exams.

Among her many and varied talents, Stacey works with the local Air Cadets Squadron teaching children aged 13-18 handy life skills such as first aid and leadership. She is also a qualified scuba diver and loves exploring the hidden depths of different places around the world.

Stacey Forshaw

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Marketing Manager
Graduating from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Jess took a one-week job at the Affordable Art Fair in 2000 and has never quite managed to leave again!

Since 2007 Jess has been curating the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the Battersea Fairs in October, and is currently enjoying working on our marketing campaigns; satisfying both her creative urges and her need to tinker with colour-coded spreadsheets. Jess has kept her studio practice, and occasionally runs an ultramarathon, or ironman triathlon.

Jessica Hall

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Team Coordinator
Born and bred in Bath, Anna studied History at Leeds University and now lives in East London. Also a lover of travel Anna spent time in Uganda, India, as well as a stint interning in New York after university. Before joining us as Team Assistant in September 2013, she first began her AAF journey as one of our Fair Assistants, having previously interned with the events team at Whitechapel Gallery.

Not only is the fair satisfying Anna’s art needs, it is also proving to be of great benefit to her health as her daily cycle to work sees her pedalling an impressive 11 miles each way. We always knew art was good for more than just the soul!

 

Anna Jamieson

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Marketing Assistant
Raised in Gloucester, Emma graduated with a BA in Art History from Oxford, before moving to London to read for a Masters at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Since graduating she’s worked at contemporary and national galleries in Oxford and London, including Modern Art Oxford, Leighton House, and The Wallace Collection. Having worked with the Affordable Art Fair on the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition in October 2013, Emma was thrilled to have the opportunity to return the next March as our Team Assistant.

A self-confessed art enthusiast, you will find Emma immersing herself in arty activities even when she’s not working – from life drawing classes and visiting exhibitions, to whipping up the odd piece of origami.

Emma Mansell

Photo of  Luci  Noel
Fair Director Battersea Spring, and Bristol
Joining us in August 2011 as a Team Assistant, Luci quickly became the team’s Production Manager that November, and has recently stepped up to direct two of our four UK fairs. Having been a Project Officer for a Community Interest Company, Luci also moonlighted as a freelancer for the likes of Matt’s Gallery, the National Federation of Artists Studio Providers and the Whitechapel Gallery.

With both a BA from St Martins and an MA from Birkbeck under her cap, Luci’s particular passion lies in the s’s of the cultural sector: the sustainability of subsidised studio provision and supporting artists through art school and into independent practice.

Luci Noel

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Hampstead Fair Director
Another of our very well travelled team members, this lass from Lancashire was brought up in the Middle East, has travelled extensively throughout Africa and India, as well as spending time in San Francisco and New Orleans. Romy studied Architecture in London and graduated from Central St. Martins.

Joining the Affordable Art Fair in 2007, she left again in 2009, venturing into the wine industry, but missing us all too much, Romy returned in 2010 to launch our Hampstead fair. A practising artist, Romy has a studio in Hackney Wick and has exhibited in London and New York. She particularly likes quirky, unsettling and visceral paintings and sculptures.

Romy Westwood