ArtSeen was set up in 2020 by Artist Maya Wolf and Producer Liz Lavender, a foundation for working in partnership to devise, create and deliver inspiring participatory arts projects and events that celebrate the many aspects of shared cultural life.
Our first venture was to reinstate a winter Bath Lantern Procession, working in partnership with communities to create a spectacle set in and played out in our beautiful city centre.
A big procession, artist led community workshops, partnerships and performance are not possible this year, but adapted plans mean that we can still share & celebrate bringing some light into the winter months together.
Welcome to the 2020
ArtSeen believes in and is committed to demonstrating the value of arts and culture towards building and understanding communities. We acknowledge the importance art can play in supporting health, wellbeing and lifelong learning, and just as importantly, simply making life more enjoyable and rewarding.
We believe people have a natural instinct to gather and celebrate, to enjoy being creative or experience creativity together.
ArtSeen’s vision is built on this belief, and delivered with a passion for achieving these goals through every project, event and activity we undertake.
We also know that if someone feels the urge to get involved and puts their foot (or toe even) in the water, a connection is formed - therefore participation is central to our work. By participating, one becomes part of something bigger, and this is very empowering.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” Edgar Degas
& Creative Producer
Liz Lavender is an event producer and arts manager and alumni of Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Over 30 years she has worked and produced events for numerous arts and culture organisations including Nofitstate, InBetween Time, Bath Fringe, Joe Rush & The Mutoid Waste Co, The Trowbridge Song Project, Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Mela. and most recently Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA) Work, partnerships and collaborations are always underwritten by a passion for bringing people together to share, learn, experience, celebrate and enjoy creativity visibly and with intent to inspire others to do the same.
Maya is an artist, maker and creative producer. She has a passion for creating art that is accessible and that draws in people of all ages and backgrounds. She began her career 20+ years ago in community arts. She is innovator of a broad range of inspirational and individual artworks, from site specific installation, to performance, carnival, festival, bespoke commissions & creative workshops. Maya’s use of simple, beautiful materials, often repurposed, gives her work a feeling of character & identity that sparks intrigue in the viewer. Clients include The V&A Museum, Buckingham Palace, The Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Channel 4, Festival of Folk Music & Dance, Ethiopia, Womad Festival (uk and International).
Mark is a Bath businessman with experience in bookkeeping, accounting and a head for initiative. A family man with a keen interest in arts, culture and community matters he is also vice president of Bath Rugby Football Club
Netty is a producer and production manager of outdoor arts events, overseeing the delivery of diverse public engagement work in site generic and site-specific locations.
For the past ten years she has specialised in the production of inclusive arts.
She works with new circus, contemporary dance and immersive theatre productions, from small and detailed digitally run work to large scale spectacles involving multiple casts, fire, sound and light.
Lynn is Director of CircusWorks, the UK Youth Circus Network.
She has extensive management and board experience. She was part of the senior management team at NoFit State Circus from 2008- 2016 as Community and Education Manager. She was part of senior management at the Circus Space, now National Centre for Circus Arts as Head of Youth Programme. She holds the position of Secretary on the daily board of EYCO, the European Youth Circus Organisation, having been a board member for 10 years. She was also a board member and co-ordinator for Youth Arts Network Cymru prior to relocating from Wales to Bristol.
Lynn has extensive experience as a producer, fundraiser programmer and facilitator. She is a qualified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner and workplace coach.
Lynn brings a wealth of experience in people management and business planning, and looks forward to supporting ArtSeen’s vision to produce celebratory arts events in the Bath and South West region.
Supporters & Partners
ArtSeen acknowledge the help and support from our partners below for
Light Fantastic Lantern Project 2020