The Art Station is made up of a small team of creative individuals, based in our unique former telephone exchange building in Saxmundham, Suffolk. We’ve hosted several creative Kickstart placements and are supported by a network of local volunteers, artists, educators and associates – alongside a team of dedicated trustees.

Find out a bit more about us below – and if you would like to volunteer with us, please get in touch via: [email protected] – we have lots of interesting projects to join in with.

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Our Team

Clare Palmier (Director)

Clare Palmier - Director

Clare Palmier is an artist and Director at The Art Station, leading on curating the Art and Learning Programme, the challenge of fundraising, managing the team with Verity and developing The Art Station’s exciting future.

“It’s a pleasure to be working with all these brilliant and enthusiastic artists and creatives and our team – and to be doing it here in Saxmundham, in rural Suffolk. There were definitely a few slog years – brick walls, fire and emotional rollercoasters. And now it’s happening and I’m so pleased that Art Station is supporting and developing so many good things; we’re working with other local organisations and lots of people are taking part in our Art and Learning Programme – and having a good experience – being interested, intrigued, surprised and excited! It’s really hard work and there’s a lot to smile about! “.

Clare draws, paints, makes video and objects and writes.

verity slade (programme manager)

Verity Slade - Programme Manager

Verity joined in 2021 as Programme Manager and facilitates the delivery of The Art Station’s wide ranging art and learning programme including exhibitions, residencies, workshops and events. She manages the artist studios, co-working and tech spaces and leads on all marketing and communications.

Verity moved to Suffolk in 2021 having lived and worked in Canada for a few years, and in London and Brighton previously. She has worked in varied events and administration roles for the Royal College of Art, D&AD Awards and Lighthouse Arts. Verity also works as a freelance illustrator, designer and mural painter – she completed an MA in Illustration at Camberwell and has worked on projects for clients that include Universal Music, the Barbican and The Washington Post.

Eve

Eve Grant - Environmental Programme Assistant

Eve is an Environmental Program Assistant at the Art Station. She works with the Environment Co Ordinator from Saxmundham Council, where she is planting trees and plants, weeding, litter picking, and looking after the plants they’ve planted around the local town, to make our environment a better place for people and the wildlife. She also assists with our Saturday Nature and Creative Walks with local artists Hanna Varga and Jevan Watkins Jones, assisting creative workshops with children and families to reconnect with art and nature. 

Eve is working towards being a non-machine tattoo artist. As a child she was brought up on a permaculture farm living out of society in the mountains of Portugal for ten years, where she learnt how to live off the land, and live without electricity. Eve been practicing tattooing for 4 years, and would like to make a career with her passion in the art form of tattooing without electricity.

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Our Trustees

Paul Richards

Laurence Edwards

Pippa Barnham

Susan Barnet

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The Art Station Alumni

Jacques Swain

Jacques completed his placement with us as a Programme Assistant in November 2021. He has gone on to work in bronze casting and continues to produce his own creative work, centred around environmental themes.

On working at The Art Station: ‘It’s been really positive and it has been really engaging in all sorts of different aspects.

There’s pretty much always a new task in all different areas. It’s really quite holistic. There’s almost every aspect of art occurring here, which is great for aspiring artists on a placement. It’s not set to be solely exhibitions and things like that, but we’ve also had things like workshops or venue management and a real variety of events, from small tasks all the way up.’

Chris Reynolds

Chris worked with us as a Programme Assistant until December 2021.

He says: ‘My name is Chris, I’m 18, lived in Saxmundham all my life, and pretty new to art in general.

Having never really done anything artistic before, I started teaching myself to draw and paint with watercolours, during the first lockdowns; I mostly only do tattoo design art. I specialise in American Traditional and blackwork styles, though I’m starting to branch out to others too. I’m currently training to be a tattoo artist alongside working at The Art Station.

I’ve had a lot of fun working at The Art Station – getting to meet people, build personal skills and learn a lot of helpful things. The working environment is professional yet friendly, and a joy to be a part of.

To any other young people who want to work in the creative industry, I’d say go for it – take the plunge. It can be intimidating because there’s not always the same job security, but it’s so worth it in the end if that’s what you enjoy doing.’

Megan Villars

Meg is a qualified graphic designer and illustrator who worked with us as a Programme Assistant.

She runs the Instagram page megvcreative where she posts all of her art. Her ultimate goal with her career is to design things that bring her joy, this could be with her job or her personal projects.

Having completed her placement at The Art Station, Meg is now a Junior Graphic Designer at a brand communications company.

On working at The Art Station; ‘I would recommend The Art Station to others. For artists, it’s a very good use of space which you can alter to your creative needs and for young creative people, it’s a good stepping stone from education to the working world.

I learnt a lot about structuring a portfolio, CV and cover letter properly while working at The Art Station, which aided me in finding my next job so quickly after the placement.’

Eden Jeffery

Eden worked as a Programme Assistant and then Communications and Fundraising Assistant at the Art Station, before moving up to Norwich to work at UEA and continue her work as a writer.

She writes creatively in fantasy and horror fiction, with her career goal to be traditionally published. She writes to escape the world as much as she does to understand it, and loves reading and writing stories that spark dark or puzzling questions about the characters and world depicted.

Ethan Salmon

Ethan is a young Graphic Designer based in East Anglia, currently working as a junior designer for a human rights NGO that focuses on digital rights and freedom of expression. Alongside this he has volunteered with us at The Art Station – ​helping out with visual communication and other general activities.

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