“I can't repay my mortgage in kind.” David McLeavy is an artist, curator and writer who lives and works in Sheffield. He is currently the Director of Bloc Projects, Sheffield, the founder and editor of YAC | Young Artists in Conversation and is a partner of the sports clothing brand Curbar Cycling.
“Everyone has an imagination you just need to find it.” Tair Rafiq is a writer, playwright, producer, director, baker and self-described explorer on the frontier of outlandish imagination. He recently produced and directed his first play 'The Secret History of Cake’ and is currently working on his latest book the Crumbranomicon: The Baking Book of Doom!
“I don't do it for recognition. I do it because I want to do it.” Deborah Frith is an artist who works in many different mediums, motorcyclist, and a tutor at Swinton Lock Activity Centre. Recent works include a war memorial for Ellistown near Coalville, Leicestershire, and a commission at Mount Pleasant Hotel, Bawtry for the new orangery.
“You are at the front line of life.” Rachel Horne is a visual artist, who curates and produces social political artwork. She is also the founder and co-editor of Doncopolitan and one half of Horne & Draper.
“It felt almost too privileged to be doing my own work all the time.” Emma Wilson is a former Guardian Designer Of The Year who founded Artistic Spectrum, an arts therapy organisation that works with people with autism.
“I’m here and I'm free to just be me and who cares?” Clare Hunt is the Business Development Manager for the Sobriety Project that provides services and activities to reduce social isolation for adults with disabilities and long term health conditions, young people at risk of exclusion or offending, socially isolated older people and offenders. She is also a part-time artist.
“We've been shocked now for the last hundred years or so. I've had enough shock.” Trevor Millum is a children’s poet and short story writer. He regularly performs and collaborates with Dez Allenby and Graham Langley as ‘Three Voices’. He is currently writing a sonnet a month in aid of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People.
“Why pull the ladder up after you?” Jed Salisbury is a comedian and director of Hull Comedy Festival. Starting in Stand-Up he now regularly performs, writes, teaches and directs.