Strike a Light, led by Creative Director Nicola Benge, hosts a dedicated group of related Associates who include specialists in an extensive range of related professional areas from Production Management to Arts Production to Teaching, and Administration.
This way of working means that we are flexible and adaptable, creating a bespoke team for each project. This has led us to a more efficient and economical way of working. We are a practical, friendly, and approachable team – we care about what we do and we it shows!
Dr Sam Carroll managed Strike a Light’s Ale and Hearty project from August 2013 to January 2014 and also took on the role of Heritage and Education Resource Facilitator, producing the learning resource and booklet “Ale Tales”.
Sam specialises in Life History Research with a wide range of experience in both the academic and community arenas across many research projects as trainer, tutor, project worker, project manager, student mentor and consultant. She has taught on post-graduate programmes at the University of Sussex and open courses at the Mass Observation Archive. She is the Community Heritage Researcher for the AHRC funded Gateways to the First World War Engagement Centre (University of Kent) and the Administrator for the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton).
Clare Hankinson has collaborated with Strike a Light on creative heritage projects in Brighton since 2010 as event organiser, project coordinator, and fundraiser. She is currently the Audience Development Manager – Older People for Fabrica, Brighton to engage older people with contemporary art.
Through this and her parallel Project Manager role, she works with artists and facilitators to explore different ways of meeting and engaging audiences, through exhibitions and events at Fabrica, other arts venues and in the community. She is also a freelancer and artist in her own right and runs her own creative practice in a studio at Phoenix Brighton.
Cath Tajima-Powell worked most recently on Strike a Light’s Ale and Hearty Heritage Lottery Funded project. She has a wide base of experience working in accessible heritage events and community projects as well as art festivals and creative industries.
Direct engagement and good communication are the keystones for her contribution on many successful projects such as Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Stade Development, Ale and Hearty, the Martlett (HLF projects), and Heritage Open Days. As founder of a popular local lifestyle magazine and brand she also has excellent marketing and fundraising skills.
Luan Blake has worked with freelancers from Strike a Light in various capacities. She is currently working on her new large scale project called Machine Women, drawing out theunheard voices and experiences of female factory workers and machinists in the UK. The project includes research, oral testimonies, clog dancing, film, installation and performance.
Luan is a performance practitioner, and was the Artistic Director of Ragroof Theatre from 2000-2012 (www.ragrooftheatre.co.uk). She led Ragroof to deliver many successful touring, heritage and participatory theatre projects in the South-East, the UK and internationally. Luan is also a freelance teacher, project manager, and volunteer co-ordinator, working within the arts and heritage sector.