Artists exhibiting as part of the Speaking Out exhibition at Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre from Friday 31 January – Friday 28 March 2014, 9.15am – 6pm.

Carole Cluer

Carole Cluer was born in Essex and now lives in Derbyshire. She obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Creative Art Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and is currently completing an MA in Fine Art. She has exhibited her work in Somerset, in Derby and Sheffield. The power of the art object fascinates her, she is drawn to its ability to stand in place of the original, to magnify, clarify and connect, and seeks to explore its connections with three of its universal functions: art as effigy, art as talisman, art as conversation.

Chrissie Hall returned to study at forty and gained a First Class Honours Degree in Literature and Creative Writing. Her work has been published and broadcast nationally and internationally and her stage plays produced. She has worked as a scriptwriter for BBC 1 continuing drama ‘Doctors’, Project Co-ordinator for Sustained Magic Theatre Company, and was Arts Council England’s Literature Officer for the East Midlands. She now works as a creative writing tutor and a Life Story Writing facilitator. She is also Co-ordinator for, a registered charity raising awareness of the issues surrounding gun misuse and offering support to those affected.

Helen Hogan

Helen Hogan is an artist and published poet and author. She returned to education after bringing up her two children and studied Media (word/radio), Communications, English Literature and English Language, obtaining special commendation for her work by William Sterling (BBC-TV Film and Television Producer/Writer, September Film Productions). She is a qualified counsellor and completed an MA from the University of Leicester in 2013. She was presented with the Lifetime Member Award of the Millennium Association by Rt Hon Tessa Jowell in 2001 in recognition of services to Mental Health through the Arts. Her radio programme was first aired in 2001.

Samantha Humphreys lives in the small village of Bocking near Braintree in Essex. She works with film, photography, and sound art.

Since 2004 she has taken part in solo exhibitions and participated in group and online exhibitions, including in Artist Self Portraits in the Smartphone Era and Imagining Ourselves self portrait

Alison Little

Alison Little lives in Liverpool and studied for her BA in 3D Designs at the University of Wolverhampton. She has worked as an artist, an arts project manager, and has participated in workshops. She has exhibited in the UK, Madrid and Paris, and has won many public art commissions. During the year 2012-2013 she was successful in gaining a place on the Arts Council Funded Artists Access to Art College scheme, based at the University of Chester.

Jenny Meehan

Jenny Meehan has a BA (Hons) in Literature at Kingston University and a PGCE in Primary Education from Roehampton Institute. She trained as an artist at West Dean College, Sussex from 2005. She exhibits widely in the UK as well as internationally and provides art courses at her home studio in Chessington, Surrey. 

Susie Mendelsson

Susie Mendelsson lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk. She trained in Graphic Design (BA Hons) and Fine Art (MA) at Manchester Metropolitan University and Coventry University respectively. She has exhibited widely both internationally and in the UK. She has a Teaching Diploma in Art from the University of Haifa, Israel and delivers workshops and art courses. 

Kezia Ruth Merrick is currently artist in Residence at the University of Bedfordshire. She studied for a BA in Fine Art at the University of Dundee, and was awarded the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Florence Scholarship in 2009 for her workShe has been awarded several commissions for homes and organisations and is the author of the album artwork for the band Admiral Fallow’s debut album Tree Bursts in Snow, which was released in May 2012. 

Fi Oberon studied at the Open University and specialised in Gender Studies. She is a practising ceramic artist and mural artist and has trained in felt making, stone carving, raku firing to stained glass work, life drawing classes and pottery. In recent years Oberon has specialised in the issue of PTSD, collaborating with photographer James Allen. She was awarded an Arts Council Individual Award (GforA) to fund creating Tongue-Tied, an installation to explore the aftermath of Trauma, exhibited as part of Love Arts Leeds and Light Night Leeds.

Klaus Pinter was born in Klagenfurt in Austria in 1968 and studied at the University of Fine Arts in Linz. He lives and works in Vienna. Pinter works primarily in the fields of sculpture and installation, creating interactive objects from collage, paper and cardboard. He draws his inspiration from Pop Art, mail art and origami, and exhibits internationally. 

Reeka Sameer

Rekha Sameer was originally trained in Political Science and Computer Studies, followed by five years mainly working in market research and teaching. In 2010 she graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Since then she has exhibited her video and sound installations, paintings and sculptures widely, and has continued to be involved in art curation and residencies and the production of commercial videos. 

Linda Shelton

Linda Shelton lives in Nottinghamshire. She is currently studying for her BA (Hons) at the University of Derby. She has exhibited her work as part of the group exhibition Ocular in Derby, Derbyshire, May 2012. She uses video work to explore the concept of sanctity of the home and question the idea of home as a safe haven. View her work on Linda Shelton, Don’t see. Don’t hear. Don’t speak.

SSoCiaL Artists Sophie Cullinan and Sally Lemsford have been collaborating as SSoCiaL since 2011. Sophie Cullinan trained at Manchester Metropolitan University and Northampton University. She has exhibited widely in the UK, including at Tate Liverpool, Selfridges, London, Leicester and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was awarded Arts Council England Grants for the Arts in 2010 and 2011. 

Sally Lemsford is currently based in Derbyshire, England. Following a distinguished career in education, she has performed interactive live art and exhibited installations in public spaceswidely including at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) in London and RIDEOUT in Birmingham. She frequently collaborates with other artists and curates exhibitions in the Midlands. 

Annie Tappenden studied Fine Art at Goldsmith College where she obtained her BA (Hons); she received an MA from the Birmingham University City School of Art, Margaret Street. She lives and works in Rutland and has exhibited widely nationally, including in Maidenhead, London, Cambridge and Kings Lynn. One of her pieces is displayed in the New Hall Art Collection, the largest permanent collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists in the UK.

Kate Walters

Kate Walters, NSA trained at Brighton Polytechnic and University College Falmouth. She lives and works in Cornwall. She has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Royal Academy, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin; London Art Fair, Islington; Millennium, St. Ives; Viktor Wynd Fine Art, London. She has gained prizes and major awards for her work, including from the Juliet Gomperts Trust and Arts Council England, South West. Her drawings and paintings are in private collections in the U.K., Australia and Europe and the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art.