Griselda Bear (Chair) Antony Penrose (Founding Trustee) Daniel Butcher (Treasurer) Mark Barrett Tony Biggin Rosemary Colebourn Margaret Sweatman Sylvia Tidy
Miranda Pennington (Arts Education Manager) Joel Tebbett (Website)
Julian Fellowes is the publically acclaimed and award winning screenwriter, film director, actor and novelist best known in recent years for his original script for the award winning film, Gosford Park, and television period drama, Downton Abbey. From 1959 to 1988 he lived in Chiddingly village and through friendship with another resident, David Kingsley who was at the time Head of British Lion Films, first developed his interest in the film industry. While in Chiddingly he and his family became close friends with Lee Miller and Roland Penrose and he was a frequent visitor to Farley Farm House.
Griselda Bear is an exhibition curator, fundraiser and development strategist who has worked over many decades for a wide range of regional, national and international arts organisations. She has held senior posts where she was responsible for devising and managing new programmes and initiatives at the Canada House Gallery in London, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Royal Academy of Arts and Sadlers Wells. She now works freelance as an exhibition curator, arts consultant, advisor or Trustee for many arts organisations.
Antony Penrose, son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, is Director of the Lee Miller Archive and The Roland Penrose Collection which are housed at Farley Farm House where Antony grew up. He has written numerous books including two for children, created and performed two plays and lectured and broadcast extensively in the UK and in many other countries on the subject of his parents and their associates. He is also a curator of photography, filmmaker and artist.
Daniel Butcher has lived in East Sussex for 20 years and is a Councillor
for Eastbourne Borough Council. As a graduate of the Brighton Institute of
Modern Music he toured widely nationally and internationally with many
artists. His second career is as an accountant with a local accountancy
Mark Barratt is a commercial lawyer working in a local firm of solicitors, Fitzhugh Gates, and has been based in Sussex for his whole working life. He has a keen interest in the arts and was involved in the formation of the Farley Arts Trust and is a former Chairman of the Lewes Festival. An exhibition of Lee Millers’ wartime photographs was featured during his chairmanship.
Tony Biggin has had a long and successful career as a composer with his
works performed in prestigious venues across the UK, Europe and the USA and
he also composes for television and radio. In a parallel career he uses his
inspirational skills as a music teacher and university lecturer. He lives
in Hailsham and has been director of East Sussex county music services
encouraging creativity and participation by all.
Rosemary Colebourn has extensive experience in secondary education at senior management level including the post of South East Co-ordinator for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust where she worked with Head Teachers across all arts specialisms running conferences and training events. She is a practising musician and enjoys keeping up with visual and performing arts events throughout the region.
Margaret Sweatman has lived in Ringmer, East Sussex for 30 years and has dedicated her working life to teaching in primary schools specialising in supporting children with special needs. She has been Special Needs Coordinator in Hailsham and Young Arts Coordinator for Uckfield and Lewes Arts Society in which role she helped with arts projects in local schools.
Sylvia Tidy has lived and farmed in East Sussex for over fifty years and is a Board Member of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest demonstrating her commitment to the welfare of the land and environment. She served as a Wealden District Councillor from 1995 and since 2005 has been a County Councillor for East Sussex where her responsibilities include being Lead Member for Children and Families. She has a keen interest in music and the arts generally and sings in a local choir.
Miranda Pennington is a graphic designer, artist and experienced Secondary School art teacher. She has worked for many years in art education developing opportunities for children in schools and the wider community. She founded and co-ordinates Sophie’s Postcard which is a charity that raises funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity from auctions of art works made on post cards by leading artists, designers and illustrators.
Farley Arts Trust c/o Farley Farm House Muddles Green Chiddingly East Sussex BN8 6HW