Artists First

Artists First Trustees

Michael Prior Michael brings a wealth of experience as a freelance curator and arts project manager to his position of Trustee. Since studying Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic (1989-1992), his career has taken him from Leeds City Art Gallery and Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery to his current public art projects in Bristol at Brunswick Cemetery, Oasis Academy, Cossham Hospital, across the South West coast with Nowhereisland, in Surrey at Runnymede and in Torbay. In between, he has worked at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham as Curator (1997-2000) and at Arnolfini, Bristol as Access and Education Programmer (2000-2009).

Marion Steiner Marion Steiner is a GP in North Bristol and encountered Artists First when they held an exhibition at her practice many years ago. She practices Integrative Medicine – an approach to treatment which looks at ways which the health and wellbeing of individuals can benefit from conventional, creative and community-based approaches. She enjoys being a trustee because the charity makes such a difference to the lives of the artists, and they are inspiring people to be with.

Pauline Heslop Pauline Heslop has a background of working with children and young people in the UK and overseas. She joined the Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Bristol in 1999 to work as a researcher. Since then, Pauline has undertaken research about services and supports for disabled people in general, and people with learning disabilities in particular. Her particular research interests relate to the health and well-bring, and poverty and social exclusion of people with learning disabilities.

Pauline is now leading the English Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme, the world's first national programme to review deaths of people with learning disabilities and guide improvements in practice. Prior to this she led the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities in England.

Pauline has a longstanding interest in the arts and supporting people with learning disabilities, so being a trustee with Artists Firsts brings these different strands together in a positive and productive way.

Felicity Inkpen Felicity Inkpen is a PhD student of Neural Dynamics at Bristol University, looking at the physical mechanisms that underlie the electrical pulses across neurons. Prior to her PhD, Felicity worked for four years in academic and educational publishing, and completed a masters degree in Physics at the University of Leeds in 2010.

Working with the artists at Artists First is a particular delight to Felicity as she is also an artist herself, and has exhibited in group shows across Bristol, with her first solo show in 2016.

Felicity is an advocate of causes and projects that emphasize equality; she is currently involved in an initiative that addresses gender bias in academia and has participated in dozens of science outreach projects to communicate her love of science to the general public. Additionally, in 2015 she orchestrated the collection and sorting of donations for the refugee crisis, as part of the organisation Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol.