Tom Spencer - Director
Tom founded Terrestrial, and leads our work with community groups, artists and partners. He has a passion for bringing people together through the arts. Please get in touch if you have a question about our projects, if you want to chat about an idea or consultancy, or if you’re interested in supporting Terrestrial’s work.
Tom is a producer and artist based in Bristol. He has a background in staging theatre and live music in expected places – he’s guided families around a Cumbrian castle with a troupe of clowns, paraded a samba band through Yorkshire market towns, told folk tales in pubs from the Scottish Borders to the Somerset Levels, and brought together choirs of community singers everywhere from a palace in Prague to a shopping centre in Shanghai.
Karen Blake - Community Producer
I am a visual artist living, working and bringing up my young family in Weston-super-Mare. I’ve recently trained as a horticulturist, and am interested in bringing these skills into my arts practice. I’m also drawn to working collaboratively with other artists, writers, photographers and theatre practitioners as I love the different directions and surprising places this can take my own art making.
Experience of the arts that will always stay with me: ‘Working as a volunteer artist with Bristol based therapeutic art community Studio Upstairs had a huge impact on my arts practice. This was my first experience of working in a shared space with other artists, and made me realise how important it can be to have a supportive network of other creatives to share ideas with and work alongside. My time here demonstrated clearly how art can be used to process and heal and that everyone can be an artist and nurture their creativity given the right environment. I am thrilled to be bringing all of this experience into helping develop Weston Artspace, our community art studio on Weston High Street.’
Our Board of Trustees
Terrestrial as it is today grew out of an extended period of research exploring how a new organisation might best support bold socially engaged arts projects. We are hugely grateful to our advisory group through this early process: Carrie Rhys-Davies, Hannah Standen, Simon Coates & Verity Standen.