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Meet Our Team

Here at the VAA HQ we are constantly working hard on new and initiative ways to benefit every single member of our Artist community. When you become a member you will be greeted with an email that will send you links to useful platforms straight away to keep you in the know! One of our dedicated team will then be in touch to find out more about you and your arts business.

Laura O’Hare

Laura O’Hare

Director

Laura is responsible for leading the artistic and business development at VAA. Laura has been working in the Fine Arts sector since 2012 and is a founder of the VAA. Presently, Director of the Visual Art Open Prize and Chester Arts Fair, Laura has a wealth of experience in managing relationships with artists and understanding their needs. Laura has an extensive network including arts organisations, galleries, publishers and commercial partners. Laura has helped hundreds of artists figure out how to thrive at all stages of their fine art careers. Prior to working in the arts industry, Laura was a solicitor specialising in Employment Law for over 15 years.

Barbar Hedley

Barbar Hedley

Membership Support

Barbar Hedley joined the company in January 2018 and manages the company’s membership administration activities (registrations, invoicing and general queries). She has a degree in the History of Art from Liverpool John Moores University and is experienced in working in the arts sector.
Nadine Smith

Nadine Smith

Content Creator & Writer

Nadine Smith is responsible for writing and creating content at the VAA. Nadine has previous experience generating content in commercial and creative environments. She has a degree in English Literature and Fine Art from the University of Chester. In her own practice, Nadine explores oil painting, illustration, and photography. 

Shirley-Ann O’Neill

Shirley-Ann O’Neill

Director

Shirley-Ann is a founder at VAA and responsible marketing communications and online training at VAA. She has over 20 years’ experience in Marketing & Distribution, with full Chartership at CIM and holds an MA Marketing. She is experienced in digital content and live communications across the UK and internationally. Her background in Arts marketing and partnerships leads her commitment to ensuring that artists can develop the essential business skills to succeed. Shirley-Ann has worked in senior positions for a wide range of organisations, including the University of South Wales, British Airways and Black Mango Art.

Ian Macdonald

Ian Macdonald

Membership & Marketing Coordinator

Ian Macdonald has been working with the company since 2018 having been recruited as an intern. Ian has experience at working in high volume arts events and managerial roles across the industry. He is responsible for coordinating events with in the VAA’s schedule and membership care.

Susie Armstrong

Susie Armstrong

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Susie is responsible for managing and monitoring the company’s Social media strategy in order to increase our brand awareness. Susie has a 1st class degree in Event Management and over 10 year experience in the event industry. She is also currently studying for an MBA Marketing with the North Wales Business School.  

Join Our Team!

Do you wish to become a part of our inspirational + innovative workplace, where we constantly inspire positivity + growth in one another? Do you hold a passion to succeed and a drive to learn? Then we want to hear from you!

Get in touch today with why you want to join our team using a cover letter and your CV … E: hello@visual-artists.org

Advisors

Jeremy Turner

Jeremy Turner

Head of Art & Design | University of Chester

James Hargreaves

James Hargreaves

Chartered Accountant | Hargreaves & Woods

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett

Commercial Director / Partner | HM Group Services Limited

Ian Warwick

Ian Warwick

Managing Partner | Deepbridge

David Kereszteny-Lewis

David Kereszteny-Lewis

Director | Visual Arts at The Grange School

Henrik Riis

Henrik Riis

Director | Eyestorm Gallery

Karen van Hoey Smith

Karen van Hoey Smith

Artist Manager & Consultant

Frances Ackland Snow

Frances Ackland Snow

Fine Artist

Tel: 01244 952020 or Email: hello@visual-artists.org