Who we are

Staff

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

Directors/Trustees

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.

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 Spacesince 2013 as an administrator and workshop leader in digital making.

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.

Bill Best (Treasurer)

Associates

Jonathan Cook has a background of working with community organisations promoting local empowerment and self help. He has financial expertise, writes for local publications and is enthusiastic about the potential for digital technologies to give people a voice.