Our Team

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.

 
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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

Georgina Bolton   Georgina is a Freelance Arts Producer and Consultant specialising in Public Realm Projects across the UK and, as of recently, works as the Public Art Officer for Bristol City Council. She has helped bring to life collaborative projects across challenging heritage sites, parks, castles, beaches, fields and forests in previous roles at Situations, Trust New Art and The Architecture Centre, amongst others. Georgina is also an Associate Lecturer on University of West of England’s MA/MFA Curating course and provides mentoring to artists and producers.  Experience of the arts that will always stay with me:    ‘Visiting the James Turrell’s  Deer Shelter Skyspace  at Yorkshire Sculpture Park when I was a child was a formative experience in my love and appreciation for the transformative power of public realm works. It’s innovative use of a heritage site, the collaborative experience, and the fact that no one visit ever plays out the same, all had a profound effect. It continues to be a special place I return to when back in Yorkshire.’

Georgina Bolton

Georgina is a Freelance Arts Producer and Consultant specialising in Public Realm Projects across the UK and, as of recently, works as the Public Art Officer for Bristol City Council. She has helped bring to life collaborative projects across challenging heritage sites, parks, castles, beaches, fields and forests in previous roles at Situations, Trust New Art and The Architecture Centre, amongst others. Georgina is also an Associate Lecturer on University of West of England’s MA/MFA Curating course and provides mentoring to artists and producers.

Experience of the arts that will always stay with me: ‘Visiting the James Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace at Yorkshire Sculpture Park when I was a child was a formative experience in my love and appreciation for the transformative power of public realm works. It’s innovative use of a heritage site, the collaborative experience, and the fact that no one visit ever plays out the same, all had a profound effect. It continues to be a special place I return to when back in Yorkshire.’

Jessica Macdonald   Jessica works in policy and public affairs. Her work is focused on building relationships and influencing decision makers on public policy issues such as air quality, climate change and social care (among others). Jessica has previously worked for the National Probation Service, as well as various grass roots organisations with specialisms in social welfare law, homelessness policy, domestic abuse, health and equalities. Jessica is also experienced in the arts, having spent many years working as a performer, writer and musician with various prestigious companies and makers in Bristol and beyond.  Experience of the arts that will always stay with me:  ‘About ten years ago, I came across Shaun Tan’s book  The Arrival  which is a (sort of) graphic novel about a man arriving totally alone in a strange and incomprehensible place. I was totally blown away by its richness and beauty. I read it about three times in a row. It is a book about fear, loneliness, grief, friendship and hope. But it is also a book that is very fitting in today’s increasingly fraught global political climate. Everyone should own a copy of this astounding piece of work.’

Jessica Macdonald

Jessica works in policy and public affairs. Her work is focused on building relationships and influencing decision makers on public policy issues such as air quality, climate change and social care (among others). Jessica has previously worked for the National Probation Service, as well as various grass roots organisations with specialisms in social welfare law, homelessness policy, domestic abuse, health and equalities. Jessica is also experienced in the arts, having spent many years working as a performer, writer and musician with various prestigious companies and makers in Bristol and beyond.

Experience of the arts that will always stay with me: ‘About ten years ago, I came across Shaun Tan’s book The Arrival which is a (sort of) graphic novel about a man arriving totally alone in a strange and incomprehensible place. I was totally blown away by its richness and beauty. I read it about three times in a row. It is a book about fear, loneliness, grief, friendship and hope. But it is also a book that is very fitting in today’s increasingly fraught global political climate. Everyone should own a copy of this astounding piece of work.’

Kate Yedigaroff   Kate is a creative producer and curator with a specialism in artist development and new work. As Co-director of MAYK, a producing organisation based in Bristol, she works with visionary theatre artists to create and tour bold new work to audiences around the world. MAYK’s headline project is Mayfest (of which she is co-Artistic Director) a cross-city biannual international festival of theatre and performance. Kate was the founding producer of ‘Ferment’, the Bristol Old Vic’s artist development programme, and Theatre Bristol’s inaugural Creative Producer of Physical and Visual Theatre.  Experience of the arts that will always stay with me:  ‘I can’t think of a favourite artistic experience – they feel so illuminated by context. For impact I might say Forced Entertainment’s  Speak Bitterness . I saw it when I was 17, I think, and it changed my understanding of what performance could be. For me in that moment it was everything I needed to see. Authentic, mischievous, shocking, dark and very funny. It was so human, and made me feel connected to something bigger. That humanity, that connection- is still what I’m looking for at the heart of everything.’

Kate Yedigaroff

Kate is a creative producer and curator with a specialism in artist development and new work. As Co-director of MAYK, a producing organisation based in Bristol, she works with visionary theatre artists to create and tour bold new work to audiences around the world. MAYK’s headline project is Mayfest (of which she is co-Artistic Director) a cross-city biannual international festival of theatre and performance. Kate was the founding producer of ‘Ferment’, the Bristol Old Vic’s artist development programme, and Theatre Bristol’s inaugural Creative Producer of Physical and Visual Theatre.

Experience of the arts that will always stay with me: ‘I can’t think of a favourite artistic experience – they feel so illuminated by context. For impact I might say Forced Entertainment’s Speak Bitterness. I saw it when I was 17, I think, and it changed my understanding of what performance could be. For me in that moment it was everything I needed to see. Authentic, mischievous, shocking, dark and very funny. It was so human, and made me feel connected to something bigger. That humanity, that connection- is still what I’m looking for at the heart of everything.’

 
Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker

Tony Earnshaw   Tony switched from a career in financial services in 2008 to focus on writing. Since then, several of his plays have been produced in London, Edinburgh and various fringes and other venues around the UK as well as a run at off Broadway Theatre 59E59 in New York. Tony also has three poetry collections to his credit, a book for children, a millennium review, a libretto, and a novel released this year.  Experience of the arts that will always stay with me:  ‘I was about 12 and browsing a church ‘bring and buy’ sale when I stumbled across an edition of T S Eliot’s Selected Poems. I was mesmerised. There was a lot I didn’t understand, there were allusions that made no sense, quotations in languages I couldn’t interpret. None of that mattered. I was lost in wonder, and hooked on poetry, and on words. I still am. And I still can’t say ‘Let’s go’ when leaving somewhere without thinking to myself “Let us go then, you and I, while the evening is spread out against the sky like a patient etherised upon a table.’

Tony Earnshaw

Tony switched from a career in financial services in 2008 to focus on writing. Since then, several of his plays have been produced in London, Edinburgh and various fringes and other venues around the UK as well as a run at off Broadway Theatre 59E59 in New York. Tony also has three poetry collections to his credit, a book for children, a millennium review, a libretto, and a novel released this year.

Experience of the arts that will always stay with me: ‘I was about 12 and browsing a church ‘bring and buy’ sale when I stumbled across an edition of T S Eliot’s Selected Poems. I was mesmerised. There was a lot I didn’t understand, there were allusions that made no sense, quotations in languages I couldn’t interpret. None of that mattered. I was lost in wonder, and hooked on poetry, and on words. I still am. And I still can’t say ‘Let’s go’ when leaving somewhere without thinking to myself “Let us go then, you and I, while the evening is spread out against the sky like a patient etherised upon a table.’

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.