Justine Wheatley, DirectorJustine Wheatley, Chief Executive

Justine has been Director of Arts Alive Wales since 2008 and became Chief Executive in 2016. Responsible for the day to day running and strategic direction of Arts Alive Wales. An arts management professional and qualified chartered accountant formerly with Deloitte UK, she has worked with AAW since 2003.




Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development ManagerRebecca Spooner, Creative Director

Rebecca has worked as Arts Development Manager since 2011 and became Creative Director in 2016, she is responsible for planning the creative programme at our studio in Crickhowell and leading on the Peak/Copa programme, creating opportunities for contemporary art in the Black Mountains. Rebecca has a first class BA and MA in Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art & Design and was an exhibiting artist in Wales for over ten years, specialising in film and photography installation.



Gavin JohnsonGavin Johnson, Digital Manager

Gavin joined the team in April 2017 in a new role as Digital Manager. Gavin has spent the last 10 years developing creative projects with festivals including Swn, Green Man, Cardiff Contemporary and with artists such as Pete Fowler, Mark James, Gruff Rhys, Liam Hopkins, Super Furry Animals, Sweet Baboo and Shape Records. Gavin acted as a freelance consultant on the Peak programme and managed Arts Alive Wales’ R&D project as part of the Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales, 2016/17.



Rachel DunlopRachel Dunlop, Participation Manager

Rachel joined the staff team in March 2017, becoming responsible for the studio programme at Arts Alive Wales and participatory projects both at our venue and in the community. Rachel has a first class BA and MA in Fine Art specialising in Painting from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has managed various visual arts and community projects through Mid Wales.



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Emma Beynon, Caban Sgriblio Manager

Emma has developed the Caban Sgriblio project since September 2015. In 2008 Emma established the Write Team project for Bath Festivals, an innovative creative writing project aimed at developing pupil confidence. Emma’s travel writing has been published in Marine Quarterly and Yachting Monthly. She is writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard. Her educational writing includes chapters in ‘Making Poetry Happen’ (Bloomsbury: 2015).



sue jones 2Sue Jones, Crafty Women Project Coordinator

Sue joined the staff team in April 2014 to coordinate our Health Lottery project ‘Crafty Women’, a twice-weekly creative textile group for women in North Abergavenny. Her talent and skill with textiles first became apparent on our project ‘Green Fire Fashion’ in 2011. Since then she has become a valued member of our regular community team. 


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