We are delighted to welcome two new team members to Suffolk Artlink this month – Jess Browne and Kasia Don-Daniel. They join us as our trusty project officer Carrie Phoenix takes some time out on maternity leave.
This month, we’re introducing you to Jess. Fresh from the Tate, via Japan, we are looking forward to working with another accomplished and inspiring team member!
What were you doing before you joined Suffolk Artlink?
I’ve recently returned from Kyoto, Japan where I worked as a kindergarten teacher. Before that, I was in London working as a Personal Assistant to the Director of Partnerships and Programmes at Tate.
Which Suffolk Artlink projects will you be looking after?
I’ll be working with five fabulous artists on three projects: Clown Round, Giggle Visits and Forget-Me-Not Visitors. It’s a great mix of projects with Clown Round now in its tenth year, Forget-Me-Not Visitors in its third, and Giggle Visits brand new for 2018.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
In my first two weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to meet Forget-Me-Not Visitors Kitty Dandelion and Millie Marigold at Ipswich Hospital and the Giggle Workers at a Leeway women’s refuge. What I’m most looking forward to next is seeing the joy, laughter and tomfoolery that the Clown Doctors bring to children in hospitals and hospices across the region. This team of clowns is going to be quite a challenge to manage!
What’s been your favourite artistic experience of the past 12 months?
Ooh, tough question. Living in Japan for 18 months I’ve been absolutely spoiled with culture and artistry. One of my favourite days was cycling alongside the Kamo river during cherry blossom season and stopping at the shrines and temples on the route for seasonal snacks and traditional music. A close second place goes to my weekly ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and tea ceremony lessons.
How do you enjoy spending your time when you are not at work?
At the moment, it’s mainly house hunting. But, now that spring is here I hope to find the time to play tennis again and I’m on the look-out for a local ikebana teacher. I also volunteer at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich at weekends.