Top image from left to right: the Art Gene Extreme Views team 2019, Charlie MacKeith, Anna Litchfield, Eve Mulholland, Owen Griffiths, Maddi Nicholson, Susan Manson, Katie Anderson, Norman Wild, below Stuart Bastik
Photo credit: Art Gene, 2019


Directors & Staff

The Art Gene team is comprised of a small core staff, a board of trustees and a wealth of associates and partner organisations. This page details our board and staff.

Stuart Bastik and Maddi Nicholson – Artist/ Founder/ Directors

Stuart and Maddi evolve the vision behind Art Gene’s artistic direction. They establish, develop, design and deliver new projects in collaboration with our associates. They create artworks, develop concept designs and new projects. They define our research remit, company aims and objectives and oversee all aspects of the companies work and report to our board of trustees.

They inspire, establish and maintain new partnerships and initiatives, assemble and manage our associates-teams in projects’ delivery and development. As part of wider independent panels they help to select artists and architects who apply through open submission to undertake our residencies or to exhibit at Art Gene.

Alongside their freelance role with Art Gene they continue to develop individual artistic practices and collaborate with each other as Nicholson Bastik.

More about:    Maddi Nicholson    /     Stuart Bastik


Jo Reilly – Low Carbon Grants Lead

Jo joins Art Gene in 2021 to lead the grants programme as part of Low Carbon Barrow. Originally from Barrow-in-Furness, Jo’s experience includes public sector funding, community development work, education and grant making.

“As a Barrovian I’m delighted to be back and excited to work with Art Gene and local people on doing our bit to tackle the climate emergency. The projects we fund over the next year will make a real difference to the carbon footprint of local businesses and charities.

“And by promoting innovation and clearly demonstrating the difference we make, we hope we can bring even more investment into the town, ensuring Barrow is at the forefront of taking positive action for the climate.”


Norman WIld – Company Secretary

Norman currently works from Art Gene’s office two days a week. He is Art Gene’s Financial Manager, looks after our trustees, manages our projects finances, handles the contractual elements of tenancies, room hires and other aspects of our premises management and accounts.


Daryl Pugh – Studios and Gallery Assistant

Daryl began working with us part time as a volunteer and later undertook an employment training scheme with us. He assists in the maintenance of our studios and gallery, provides support to artists and others installing exhibitions, preparing spaces for events and assists with some of the practical elements in projects delivery.


Iain Taylor – Consultant Development Manager

Since 2019 Iain has worked with Art Gene as a development consultant, on project evaluation and the development of the Extreme Views and Islands projects, funded by Coastal Communities Fund and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
His work involves business planning and fundraising most recently for a large scale ERDF and Cumbria LEP ‘Low Carbon Barrow’ partnership project working with Barrow Borough Council.


Anna Litchfield – Art Gene Project Manager & Social Media Manager

Anna works across Art Gene’s programme, and is involved with planing, delivering and promoting events.

Anna has a background in the arts, studying Fine Art: Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art, before relocating to Cumbria in 2015 for work experience with Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works programme based at Grizedale Forest. Since then she has worked for arts organisations within Cumbria including Lakeland Arts as well as various freelance roles. She is passionate about connecting communities with the arts and the natural environment.