The Team

Board of Trustees

Steve Gibson
Steve Gibson is a Science Director in the Civil Service, advising Governments on the environment; another contributor to the health of communities, and another that can struggle to have its importance truly understood. Together with the other trustees, he is committed to the Art Salon so that it can help achieve access to arts in the community.

Sarah Steenhorst
Sarah Steenhorst believes art can be seen everywhere, is important to our society and can be used not only for aesthetics, but to create a social, political, and communicative impact. Sarah Steenhorst is Cambridge resident, Dutch artist, with an MA in Arts Management from Anglia Ruskin. Commissioned by Cambridge Art Salon in 2016 to create a Tree of Wisdom, for CARE Network’s 30th Pearl Anniversary, she also works with Creative Movements and as a lead artist for Oblique Arts.

Jordana Learmonth
Dynamic, hardworking, with a passion for arts & skilled crafts, Jordana has a Bachelors degree in Applied Arts: Ceramics, Glass & Metals from Plymouth College of Art & Design. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Development from Anglia Ruskin. Jordana interned on the Romsey Art Festival in 2015, has helped with multiple Art Salon projects and led on the renovations of 1 Thrifts Walk. She assists with operations and co-ordination at the Cambridge Art Salon. She also is very funny.

Ellie Clark
Ellie Clark joined the Cambridge Art Salon as a volunteer in 2011, helping to invigilate the gallery and with arts marketing. In 2012, she was made an Arts Ambassador for the Art Salon and with support from the Cambridge Art Salon she ran with her own project, the Cambridge Art Map, helping to put the Cambridge art scene onto one map. She also led on the committee for the Romsey Art Festival in 2013 and 2014, helping to launch the first festival and build on its development. She was made a trustee for the Art Salon in 2013. In the past, she’s worked for a gallery in Hoxton, Shoreditch, and currently works for Cambridge Assessment.

Lee Hyde
Lee Hyde is Commercial Development Manager for Bouygues Energy and Services, providing Energy Performance Contracts to public sector authorities, including schools and community assets in the Cambridgeshire region. Educated in law and sustainable engineering, a former trustee for grassroots environmental not for profit Trikes For Transport, he also sits on the Cambridge Cleantech Smart Cities Group and helps support product development of clean tech innovation. In the past, he worked as a Project Manager for Marshall of Cambridge, leading a project team that won the Queen’s Award For Enterprise (innovation) in 2012. He’s passionate about the arts.

Ruthie Collins
Ruthie Collins is arts columnist for Cambridge Edition magazine, plus works as a writer and curator – specialising in socially engaged, community focused, interdisciplinary projects. She founded Cambridge Art Salon in 2011 to help save an artists studio space from closure, plus to help open the arts to those who may not normally be able to access them. She studied Become An Independent Curator at Central St Martins in 2007, tutored by Emily Druiff, plus has a degree in English Literature from University of Sheffield. Her first novel Doing Up Cleopatra, is currently being developed with support from The Womentoring Project. Ruthie was shortlisted for Norwich Writer’s Centre Escalator Writing Competition, in 2016. For more on Ruthie visit  / Twitter @RuthieCollins


Our website is handled by artist and designer Rebecca Scambler, who blogs for Art of Protest and works for The Poetry Station. We can’t recommend her enough!

Arts Ambassadors, Hands-On Volunteers

Alison Stockham is a writer and former BBC Documentary Maker. She has helped lead on raising sponsorship and development for numerous Art Salon projects, including Cambridge Art Map, Women of Influence, We Are Family. In 2016, she helped lead on developing the BBC Get Creative Cambridge Family Arts Festival colouring in competition, supported by Stir, Tindalls and Cambridge Junction.

Victor Ibanez is one of the Cambridge Art Salon’s lead volunteers, helping in the community as an artist and volunteering on a number of community projects, including Romsey Art Festival, Pearls of Wisdom, Eastside Creates and also assisting with the renovations at 1 Thrifts Walk. He’s particularly gifted at generating rapport with the elderly, with positive feedback from our intergenerational arts beneficiaries.

Art Spaces

UNIT 13 is run as an artist led space and all residents are hands-on and help out to run their studios. For more on artists at UNIT 13 please visit:

1 Thrifts Walk is also an artist led space, with resident artists hands on in running their own space.

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