Jake Harries (Director of Art & Innovation) is a media artist and composer whose work explores ideas of openness in skills/knowledge sharing and how technology might help facilitate this. Since 2007 he has been curating and developing the digital and participatory arts programme at Access Space. He has an independent practice with film maker Monika Dutta, A little piece of land, focusing on sustainable alternatives to current models of relating to the environment, including food growing and resource consumption. Jake has been involved with creative practice and music in Sheffield since the 1980s. He was a member of industrial/electronic band Chakk, and a partner in the influential FON Studios (Cabaret Voltaire, 808 State, artists from Warp Records and many others recorded there). Chakk was an early adopter of digital music technology owning one of the first samplers in South Yorkshire. In the 1990s and 2000s he was one of the “freestyle techno” trio Heights of Abraham (soundcloud).
John Moseley (Refab Space Technician) has a professional background in electronics and media production, with qualifications in electronics, information technology and teaching. He particularly enjoys making robots and electronic musical instruments. John’s family came to Sheffield in 1898 to work as pattern makers and he hopes he continues a tradition of craft and skill sharing. @_jo_mo
Jonathan Cook (Administrator & Development Manager) has a background of working with community organisations promoting local empowerment and self help. He has strong financial expertise, and has helped to establish two local credit unions. He writes for local publications and is enthusiastic about the potential for digital technologies to give people a voice.
Toni Buckby is an artist working with textiles and interactive electronics. Her work focuses on the intersection between traditional craft techniques, hertiage and digital technologies. She is currently working on projects with the Derby Silk Mill Musuem and the V&A. Graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 with an MA in Fine Art, she has been with Access Space since 2013 as an administrator and workshop leader in digital making. https://tonibuckby.com/
Joelle Salumu (Administrator) has a range of experience in working with community organisations in practical and office-based roles. Having originally joined Access Space as a volunteer in 2013, she now mainly focusses on grant application and administration. She is currently combining her work with Project Management study at postgraduate level.
Mike Hodson has spent 13 years working in community arts and adult education, followed by 7 years in community support and engagement. Now retired. Mike has been associated with Access Space as supporter from 2005, joined the Board in 2010 and has held the position of Chair since 2014.
Monika Kostera is Professor Ordinaria and Chair of Management at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, as well as Professor and Chair in Management at the Durham University, UK, and Guest Professor at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She holds several visiting professorships. She has authored and edited over 40 books in Polish and English, including her last book, Management in a Liquid Modern World with Zygmunt Bauman, Irena Bauman and Jerzy Kociatkiewicz (Polity), as well as and a number of articles published in journals including Organization Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and British Journal of Management. Her current research interests include organizational imagination, disalienated work, ethnography and critical organization studies. Her website is at: www.kostera.pl
Alex McLean (Research Director) has been active across the digital arts since the year 2000, developing a creative approach to computer programming, including live coding music. Alex co-founded the TOPLAP and Algorave movements, and has collaborated widely including as part of Slub, Canute, Aalleexx and xynaaxmue. He completed his PhD thesis on Programming Languages for the Arts at Goldsmiths, during which time he initiated the free/open source live coding language TidalCycles (http://tidalcycles.org), connecting code and music to create a rich approach to pattern making. Alex is based in Sheffield UK, and works as part of the research institute in the Deutsches Museum in Munich, using live coding techniques to explore the ancient thought processes of textile weavers, for the European project PENELOPE. He releases his solo music as Yaxu on the Computer Club label, including the EP Peak Cut and album Spicule. He curates the annual Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement (http://algomech.com), bringing together code and machines in the performing arts. Alex has worked with Access Space on major events since 2007 and joined the board of trustees in 2014. http://slab.org/
Susanne Palzer is a cross-disciplinary artist, researcher and performer based in Sheffield. Her current practice investigates the intersection of digital and analogue forms, in particular the fusion of digital technology and physical performance, and linguistic aspects of both performance and technology. The intersection of language systems, especially technical terminology in art/performance and in computing/programming, including speech, physical gestures and movements, is where most of her current work finds its context and the freedom of deconstruction and re-interpretation resides. Susanne Palzer is the curator of OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT., a micro event that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. Susanne has been involved with Access Space since 2009 and became a director/trustee in 2014.
Martyn Eggleton is a coder and digital maker who has been involved in community education and training for over 20 years. He was Technical Manager at Access Space from 2009-2013, leading the computer reuse and technical education. Martyn has built technical widgets and software for various arts projects over the last 10 years and is a regular Youth Zone Facilitator @ MozFest, and a web tech evangelist. He is currently a Skills Trainer at the Sheffield University Technical colleges, supporting employer led projects, classroom programming activities and GCSE Computer Science. Marytn has been a director/trustee since 2014.
Lucy Cheesman organises and facilitates inclusive workshops and events and is a founder member of SONA and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network. She recently acted as project lead on a year-long initiative to build a community of practice for women in creative technology and has contributed to research showing how community building approaches can have a significant impact on redressing inequality. Lucy also makes live coded music under the name Heavy Lifting using TidalCycles and Foxdot, collaborating with musicians over the internet and in real life. Along with Alex McLean Lucy co-founded Tidal Club; a monthly meet-up for TidalCycles users. Lucy joined the Access Space board in 2017.
Dan Sumption co-founded one of the UK’s first web design agencies, Hard Reality, in 1997, which merged with global ad network Leo Burnett in 2001. He established the arts magazine, FAD in 2002. He helped to create many pioneering online video platforms, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and YouView, and now builds cloud-based software at Autodesk. He is also known for his photographic coverage of Sheffield events and nightlife. Dan has been involved with Access Space (who published his photobook “Working Nights” in 2007) for many years, and became a trustee in 2017.
Our other board members are Bill Best (Treasurer) and Tom Reavey.