The Team & Board

Jem MainCreative Director

Jem joined DVA as part time Director in January 2010.

Previously Jem was the Founding Director of The Study Gallery, Poole - later known as Kube.  His first degree was in Fine Arts - Sculpture.  His MA in Museums and Galleries in Education.

Earlier posts include Art Adviser - Dorset L.E.A, Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts and twelve years secondary teaching in Liverpool.

Jem has recently - finally - completed the renovation of a house and studio in the Pyrenees.  As well as offering holiday accommodation, he will be offering hybrid residency / courses from Autumn 2021.   With this project completed, he is returning to his own art practice, prinicpally in drawing and 3D.

Suzy RushbrookProgramme Curator & Membership Manager

Suzy joined DVA as part-time administrator in May 2011 and works in conjunction with raising 2 young children and other freelance roles.

She has a degree in History of Art and Material Culture and after extensive travelling and teaching English abroad was at the Dorset County Museum for 5 years as Temporary Exhibitions Manager. She also spent 6 years as part of the Visual Arts team on the board of Dorchester Arts helping to establish the Open competition there.

A curator and aspiring artist she is currently dabbling in ceramics. A serious return to practice probably won't be for another 15 years at least -- don't hold your breath!

Mandy RathboneBookkeeper

Mandy joined DVA as bookkeeper in August 2017.

Mandy has extensive experience of arts organisations administration having worked in this area for many years.

As an antidote to hunching over a computer Mandy is also a keen sound recordist, never happier than when stomping over the Dorset hills with microphone and zoom.

Dorset Visual ArtsBoard of Trustees

The staff and their activity are managed by DVA board members. These members give their time voluntarily to the organisation and consist of:

  • Richard Cossey - Independant Marketing + PR Consultant (Acting Chair)
  • Victoria Jardine - Ceramicist
  • Simon Barber - Designer + Founder + Editor of Evolver Magazine, the South West's Free Arts and Culture Guide
  • Suzy Rushbrook - Curator+ Project Manager, Dorset County Hospital Arts Programme
Jess PringIntern

Jess is our new intern here at DVA.

She recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in English Literature and History of Art, having spent a year abroad at Boston College, USA. 

Now Jess has swapped Glasgow's grimy streets for the Dorset countryside, she is looking forward to getting stuck into everything DVA has to offer.

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