Nominations for 2nd Members Representative announced

 We now have 3 DC Members who have put themselves forward for the role of 2nd Members Representative to the Devonshire Collective CIC Board of Directors for 2018/19.

Michael Brown
Izabela Brudkiewicz
Mandy Wax

The Board of Directors have invited nominations from the current Devonshire Collective membership body to join as a 2nd DC Member Representative on the Board.

Key Dates
Voting deadline: Friday 10 Aug at 5pm
Election results announced  on Mon 13 Aug

Please take the time now to read all 3 DC members statements below.

Michael Brown

I would like to help the Board of Directors take the organisation forward with a business model that draws more income from taking our work out to be seen by the wider public, from organising workshops through which we and guest artists and makers can demonstrate skills and encourage creative responses from participants, and from getting more people into our café/gallery so that it becomes a thriving commercial concern.  From conversations I’ve had, I feel members would very much welcome increasing the Collective’s profile in this way.

As a former senior civil servant, I have considerable experience of preparing briefing papers, managing policy consultations, chairing meetings, writing business plans, assessing grant applications,  negotiating with local and health authorities and in interdepartmental, EU and WHO bodies, etc; perhaps experience not immediately relevant to the work of the Collective’s Board of Directors, but it could be useful nonetheless.

Before moving to Sussex in 2015, I lived in Suffolk where I took up print making, exhibiting work in the Church of Art, Norwich. Prior to that I lived in London, working in the Department of Health. I have taken courses on life and portrait painting and on printmaking at Leeds College of Art, the City Lit, and Wensum Lodge College. I have been printmaking with Jan Turner in the DC 2 Print Room since April 2017 and the experience has been brilliant. I am also a stone carver and regular user of Skelton Workshops in Streat.

Izabela Brudkiewicz

My name is Izabela Brudkiewicz and has been a second continuative year that I am DC member. According to an earlier conversation with Lucy, it is with great pleasure I nominate myself for the position of DC members representer.

I am a conceptual artist. Most of my art pieces are live actions and/or happening. I am interest in a concept of boredom, mind and body limitations. I like to challenge reality and time.

I am well presented, enthusiastic and inspirational, graduated Art teacher. I am passionate and confident with excellent communication skills. I enjoy working in a busy environment.

I am currently a full-time mother and I am running a sole trading company (PENCILtones), where I am being commissioned for portrait drawings from photographs.

I think I would be a perfect DC member representative. I am a professional perfectionist with attention to detail what can be seen in my work e.g. “Life confession, 2017”. It is 7 days long live performance at the project78gallery in St Leonards on the sea. I was glueing grains of rice one by one for 7 hrs a day. This shows how patient and determinate I am. I am a person with a huge self-motivation that doesn’t give up easily.

I live just around the corner from DC gallery I would be available to be there in minutes when necessary. I am starting MA Fine Art at the University of Brighton on the end of September, I believe that being involved in the local arts community will also benefit my studies. I would love to have fun discovering “behind the scenes” running of our DC art organization.

I realize I may sound very busy, nonetheless, it is a matter of a good organisation. I believe that this could be a fantastic challenge and perhaps become a part of the project I am working on at the moment. It relates to inflicting the motherhood into art pieces by simply working at home as the art studio, converting everyday life into the everyday live performance.

I strongly believe that both sides would positively benefit from having me on board, even thou I have no idea what I would be doing, the fact that I would learn new skills and receive training lifts my hopes up. I love to question preconception of what art is or can be! This is an attitude that I believe can significantly influence or perhaps even change Eastbourne art scene.

I look forward to hear from you.



Mandy Wax

Since moving to Eastbourne I have become actively involved in the arts here.  I work as both a visual artist and a psychotherapist and I take part in many of the activities and events that DC organises.  I am in the DC artist educator network group.  My background is in teaching and education but I have also worked in business and I have wide and varied experience in communication and administration.  I give every person and project I am involved with my full attention and effort, I would therefore be an active and enthusiastic member representative to the DC Board.

Why I want to join and what I would bring

I am committed to what DC is doing for the community and for Eastbourne.  I am really enjoying being involved and would like to offer more.  I think I would be an effective communicator between the membership and the board and be able to represent the needs and wishes of the membership.  I am somebody who is able to relate to and communicate with others from all backgrounds and walks of life and a strong believer in equal rights and diversity.

Thank you,

Mandy Wax









Or hand in your vote at DC1 Café & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne

Thank you for your time, please do take the time to vote, Members Representatives are there to help all DC members.

Best of luck to Michael, Izabela, Mandy



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