2018 Officers

Droitwich Arts Network Committee members 2018

HELEN KARAKASHIAN
Chair
Helen has interest in all forms of the arts including ballet, opera, art and theatre. Over the years she has learned a variety of crafts including lacemaking, embroidery, smocking, quilting and most recently weaving. However, she is at her most creative through knitting which she learned at the age of 3. She is a member of the Knitting & Crochet Guild, The Arts Fund and a friend of the V&A and The Barber. Other organisations to which she belongs which are not arts related, are The Rotary Club of Droitwich Spa, SPArkles WI, Life Member of the NT and Mensa.
contact: helen.chapelhouse@gmail.com
MALCOLM WAKEMAN
Vice Chair
Malcolm is a great supporter of arts in Droitwich Spa. As an accomplished musician (Malcolm is one of the founder of the folk band The Timoneers), and talented painter, Malcolm is always a key figure in Droitwich Arts Network's projects. He took a part in organisational duties of exhibitions, concerts, fundraising events and children activities.
ROSIE PHILPOTT
Secretary
After graduating from Worcester University with a degree in both Fine Art and English Literature, Rosie is now working as a freelance artist / illustrator. As a youngster she revelled in writing stories and bringing these to life through drawing and words. She is regularly producing greeting cards, paintings for children's bedrooms and original commissions. She has also exhibited in the Jinney Ring Craft Centre following her appearance on the BBC program 'Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution'. Rosie occasionally works with local schools children and is active in all DAN activities.
contact: rosiepose@tiscali.co.uk
RHYS JONES
Treasurer
Rhys spent his whole career working in IT services and has always been interested in the arts, particularly photography. In March 2018 Rhys was announced as the Winner of the 2017 Wychavon Community Arts Recognition Award for his efforts in masterminding and organising Droitwich ArtsFest 2017.
contact: rhys@photomaestro.co.uk
TAMARA JELACA
Website Coordinator
Tamara graduated in textile design from the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design, University of Belgrade (Serbia). She works in a field of contemporary textiles and mixed-media visual arts, mail art and art books. Tamara is professionally active since 1996 and was taking a part in over 70 group exhibitions and projects in Serbia and abroad (Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Sweden, France, Spain, Germany, Bolivia, Finland, Argentina, United Kingdom). She exhibited her work in 10 solo exhibitions. Tamara is a member of the Society of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia (ULUPUDS) since 1996.
contact: thaichi2010@gmail.com

TINA WATKINS
Newsletter
Membership secretary
Tina Watkins is a mainly self-taught artist who recently moved to Droitwich from Kenilworth. Since taking early retirement Tina has enjoyed revisiting her interest in painting. She started again on a painting holiday in Greece where she discovered she hadn’t quite left it too late to relearn! A year at Warwickshire Art College, many and various painting clubs and several years of art tuition later she finds she is still learning.
Tina is currently serving on the committee as Membership Secretary for the Coventry & Warwickshire Society of Artists and Newsletter Editor for Droitwich Arts Network she is also a member of Droitwich Art Club.
contact: tina.watkins47@outlook.com
ALAN DAVEY
Ring Project
Alan always works hard in bringing new ideas and projects for DAN events. His interest in history and, in particular, his knowledge of Droitwich history has resulted in numerous projects. Alan's painted banners are displayed in Droitwich Community Hall, and his pottery sculptures are in St Andrews Church and local museum. He is a member of Probus 87 and Canal Trust, helping local scouts club. Just recently he has retired from actively playing league table tennis.

Additional help is coming from Peter Hawkins (The Maltstones pub exhibitions booking), Mike Johns (music events) and Nina Lewis (poetry and literature events), as well as from volunteer members appointed on specific projects.