The Cultural Sisters is a participatory arts organisation. We work with people in community, education and health settings.
Established in 1995 and based in Stoke-on-Trent, we have a core group of experienced professional artists who design, deliver and manage creative workshops, consultations, Arts in Health projects, outdoor performance, events and commissions.
Our Creative Directors
Deborah Rogers is the original founder of The Cultural Sisters. She has a BA Hons in Fine Art and postgraduate qualifications in Youth Work, Developing Approaches to Creative Consultation and Arts in Health.
Fiona Waddle has worked with The Cultural Sisters since 1998. She has a BA Hons in Fine Art and a PGDip in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, with Certificates in Developing Approaches to Creative Consultation, and Arts in Health.
We have an extended network of artists and creative practitioners who work with us on different projects. We're proud to be working with such creative, talented and dedicated artists. Read a little about some of the creative practitioners who have been working on The Cultural Sisters' 2017 projects:
Sandy Auden is an artist and workshop leader who believes creative activities can lead to powerful personal transformations. After discovering her passion for creativity following a stone carving workshop in 2014, she founded Spiral Crafts and Workshops to give candle making and clay workshops to a wide range of groups.
Ryan Ball is involved in a variety of creative activities including stage management for music and theatre, live sound, creation of soundscapes and event organising. He’s a professional drummer and is currently studying Music Technology with Management at Staffordshire University. Ryan is recording the next release for his record label (OYB Records)–an album from local hip hop act Exit Pupils–as well as working on other music and theatre projects.
Rachel Ballard graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2017 with a BA in Fine Art. She has worked with a range of artist over many years using different medias to help inspire creativity in others. She specialises in combining her love of nature with a love of textiles to produce her own interactive artwork as well as leading creative workshops and teaching adults with learning disabilities.
Natalie Brown studied Textiles Surface Patterns at Staffordshire University and graduated in 2016. She has a love for fabrics and design and works on her own projects creating costumes. She also delivers creative workshops and volunteers sharing her skills and passions.
Jessica Byron is an interdisciplinary artist. She has worked alongside The Cultural Sisters many times since volunteering in her first workshop in October 2013. She graduated from University of Wolverhampton in 2015 with a BA(hons) in Applied Arts.
Felicity Clarke is an artist and writer with experience of communications and community work in the UK and Brazil. She delivers creative workshops with The Cultural Sisters and volunteers with Changes Health and Wellbeing, an organisation which supports adults experiencing mental distress. She enjoys working in a range of media and is developing a multimedia project telling women's stories through manicures, interviews and film photography.
Sam Mace graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Staffordshire University in 2016. She works across a range of media including photography and print although is frequently drawn to ceramics and is currently a Clay Comrade at Spode. She works as an artist educator for galleries in the West Midlands including The New Art Gallery Walsall and enjoys working with community groups and in festival décor.
All artists that work with The Cultural Sisters have full DBS checks and we have public liability insurance up to £5 million.
The Cultural Sisters have a lovely bunch of people that support us in the delivery of our creative work, general day to day stuff and our direction as a charity.