Trustees and Key Roles

  • Jo Welsh


    I have been working in adult education, both in the private and public sector, since leaving art school. Currently I help manage programmes of learning for The Corporation of London as well as progressing my own studio practise.

    I was a Governor at Sir John Cass Primary School 1998-2018 and have a long experience of being an active member of committees and meetings making financial and strategic decisions.
    I have lived and worked in Hastings for 9 years and have been exhibiting and curating at HAF since 2011. I organised the first Big Draw at HAF in 2013, and became a Trustee in 2018.

  • Ian O'Leary

    Head of Marketing Team / Trustee

    Born in Sheffield where I studied graphics for 2 years and then photography at Derby College of Art before moving to London in the seventies to work as a freelance assistant. I then ran a busy studio for over 40 years and brought up my four children with my partner Helen, finally semi retiring to St Leonards in 2016.

    I work with the marketing team producing images for publicity including social media,the website and local press. I enjoy working with the members and contributing to the Forum in any way I can.

  • Lesley Barker

    Head of Exhibitions

    I have been Head of Exhibitions at HAF for the last couple of years. I enjoy meeting all our artists, looking at their work with the rest of the exhibitions committee, and planning the exhibitions calendar for HAF. I also head the hanging committee, and we are very busy every Monday when we curate and hang the wide variety of exhibitions we present to the public.

  • Ray McChrystal


    I am currently a freelance Paper Conservator, restoring works of art on paper. This includes watercolours, prints (etchings, silkscreen etc), posters and paper ephemera. Running alongside this is my own practice which over the years has consolidated into watercolour and mixed media on paper.

    Nearly twenty years ago I attended the first meeting of a group of artists and creatives that eventually became the Arts Forum. I have been a member ever since and have had two one man shows (and another one booked for 2022) and have exhibited in many group shows. The not for profit, co-operative, economic and social model of the Gallery, being funded, manned and dedicated to show artists’ work is one that I totally adhere to and I am always proud to say to anyone who is asking that it is a unique and fantastic space for any artist with a desire to exhibit their work.

  • Paul Sayers


    As my work develops, I find increasingly that I make art as a primary way of communicating thoughts about how we live our lives today, with the everyday pressures, compromises and consequences of decisions made. In many cases the hidden semantic and semiotic language of the everyday tells us about the detail ways we live our lives.

    Themes and ideas for paintings are usually taken with a view point that gives a slightly different observation and interpretation of the subject.
    Having been in creative practice for over 30years, until very recently I was a senior lecturer at Central Saint Martins in London, my practice includes three-dimensional design as well as art, predominantly but not exclusively oil on canvas works.

  • Helen Savage

    Gallery Coordinator

    Awaiting bio

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