Suzy O’Hara brings her expertise, passion for art and Irish craic to the Dilly Arts board.
Suzy is a an accomplished project manager with extensive experience in the development and delivery of time based, large scale, complex and high profile arts festivals, events and digital arts commissions. Suzy is also a full time PhD student researcher at CRUMB (University of Sunderland) where she is exploring the impact of pervasive convergent technology and media on the production, dissemination and consumption of art.
Sheree Mack is a highly motivated and experienced writer, artist and diverse arts project manager based in the North East of England, specialising in text, visual arts, mixed-media and heritage with culturally diverse artists and communities across the arts and cultural sector.
Douglas John Sadler BA (Hons) M.Phil, FRHistS, FSA (Scotl.) is an author, lecturer, battlefield tour guide and historical interpreter. He has been a visiting lecturer at the North East Centre for Lifelong Learning teaching war studies for fifteen years and has some thirty published titles in print or preparation and works in partnership with his co-author Rosie Serdiville. He is an experienced battlefield tour guide for both world wars in Europe and for a range of earlier conflicts. As a historical interpreter and partner in Time Bandits, he has appeared in a wide variety of guises in museums, galleries, schools, the community and heritage sites from Ramses II of Egypt to WWII Home Guard and Auxiliaries. He is married with two daughters and lives in mid-Northumberland.
Lalya Gaye is a digital media artist and interaction designer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She is the founder and director of Attaya Projects, a collaborative digital media art practice that works both nationally and internationally. Lalya has a background in engineering, physics and interaction design, and extensive experience in interdisciplinary collaborations, academic and practical teaching, as well as project management. She is interested in the poetic and creative space between the physical and the digital, and works primarily with light, sound, steel, everyday objects, urban space and interactive electronics. Lalya’s work has been exhibited among other places at the Festival of Light in Lyon, France, Dokufest in Prizren, Kosovo, and the DLI Art Gallery in Durham, UK. She is involved with multiple local festivals and workshops and is taking part in the European project Corners.
Alison Redshaw-Boxwell founded Dilly Arts in 2011. She has a wealth of experience of working in strategic arts development across the North East. Previously she has held key Arts Management positions in Newcastle City Council (Arts Development Officer 1999 – 2004), Sunderland City Council (Strategic Arts Manager 2004 – 2006) and as Director of Durham City Arts (2006 – 2011). During her time at Durham City Arts she devised and managed award winning projects including those gaining the Journal Culture Magazine ‘Best Event in the North East’ for ‘Enlightenment’ light festival and ‘Best Event in Durham’ for Durham Book Festival, in addition to projects which have won Koestler Awards for Arts in prison. She is passionate about arts development and specifically the role the arts can play within our communities, not least of which her work since 2006 across North East prisons and with children of prisoners.
Graeme Reshaw-Boxwell is the Technical Director of Dilly Arts and has run Boxwell Web Design for over 10 years. Graeme’s specialism is the use of technology to enhance learning and currently works at Newcastle University within the Learning and Teaching Development Service. Graeme lead on the creation of this website, and the Moodle environment. He writes an educational technology blog at www.graemeboxwell.co.uk, and is an avid tweeter (@graemeboxwell).