Sylvie Fourcin – Director
Sylvie Fourcin has been Director of Artlink West Yorkshire since 2003. In that time there have been great changes in the organisation; not least the Capital build project in 2011 to renovate the derelict basement and add a lift to make the building accessible, as well as installing beautiful bespoke stained glass windows and a refurbished art studio. She is proud of Artlink’s achievements over the past fourteen years, not least in the development of the major Get Started and Moving On programmes of work with adults with learning and physical disabilities, dementia and mental health issues, and the use of detailed observational techniques of evaluation of our work which has been widely recognised. More recently Sylvie has completed her first stage of a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to New York to visit projects working in the arts with older people, and will complete this in Vancouver in the Autumn of 2017.
Sylvie spends her free time walking in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and enjoys yoga and her amateur clarinet playing.
Hayley Mason – Projects Manager
Hayley first worked at Artlink from 2002 – 2006, returning in 2008 as a freelance Projects Manager and now with a full time role. She has worked both in the charity and commercial sectors, including a wonderful year at an interior design and architecture company in New York.
Her role combines project management with fundraising, design work and finance management. She manages all of Artlink’s projects including the multi-year Moving On project which follows directly on from the three-year Get Started programme of work.
Hayley is a keen swimmer and runner, who enjoys running on The Chevin and swimming in the Lake District. She’s tries her hardest at baking, often with limited success but much enjoyment.
Julia McGrath – Administrator
Julia joined Artlink as our part time Administrator in September 2018 where she will be running the office and looking after Artlink’s building. She has worked in finance and administration for both large and small organisations but more recently spent four years working as Mental Health Housing Support Worker in Leeds.
In her spare time Julia is a volunteer befriender and is also training to be a yoga teacher. When not on the mat she enjoys creating new dishes in the kitchen for her family to try or walking her dog Max.
Tom Bailey – Arts and Minds Development Worker
Artlink hosts the part-time Arts and Minds Development Worker. Arts & Minds is a network of people in Leeds who believe that creativity can help mental well-being.
Tom supports Arts & Minds members to get more involved in doing creative projects in Leeds and encourages mental health services to use more artistic processes in their treatment. He was instrumental in setting up two arts festivals: Love Arts, a celebration of mental health and creativity; and Beyond, which showcases the creativity of people with learning disabilities.
Tom is a freelance illustrator and arts workshop leader. He also writes, produces and performs in very silly shows.