Kate Enters

Kate Enters is passionate about supporting artists and is the founder and director of ArtCan, an international arts organisation providing opportunities and fair payment for artists. She creates an annual exhibition programme at venues in the UK and overseas, honed through her background in events management for high end art museums, celebrity charity events and arts PR. Over the last decade she has developed this community of artists and art supporters across 26 countries, built international corporate partnerships and during the pandemic worked with a designer to create a bespoke virtual art gallery. ArtCan has been awarded Most Empowering Artist Opportunity Provider – UK for the past two years and is a member of Social Enterprise UK and the Global Climate Coalition.

Kate works at the prize-winning London architecture practice, Stanton Williams, is an experienced curator, a figurative artist and regularly writes about art.

Deborah Henry-Pollard– Co-Chair

 I always say that everything I know of any value comes from consuming the arts in some form, with visual arts being of particular importance. In addition, my other passions are coaching – specifically supporting the artists who inspire us and help us to see the world in a different way – and the power of collaboration. That is why for me, ArtCan is the most perfect organisation for me to be involved with.”

Deborah Henry-Pollard is a creative coach working internationally with artists at all career stages through her company, Catching Fireworks. Her book on coaching, ‘What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist?’, was published in 2018 by WYE Books. As a public speaker, she has worked with organisations including Sotheby’s Fine Art Institute; Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize; West Dean College; Cass Art; Roy’s Art Fair; Wimbledon Art Studios; and the Association of Women Art Dealers. She brings to ArtCan her arts-specific coaching and mentoring skills; professional experience working across the arts, charity and retail sectors; as well as extensive experience as a trustee of organisations including Southwark Arts Forum and Studio Voltaire.

Rich Nicholls– Co-Chair

“It is extremely rewarding for me to sit on the board of ArtCan, to which I bring the financial know-how and decision-making skills acquired through my career in finance.

Art has always captivated me, but it is through my involvement with ArtCan and witnessing the passion and creative talent amongst our artists that I now appreciate the value that contemporary art can bring to all our lives.”

Richard Nicholls is a chartered accountant and a former director at a leading European investment bank. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in environmental economics and climate change at LSE, embarking on a change of career that allows him to spend more time with his young family.

Amina Mona

 Amina Mona is a senior project and partnerships manager with a range of experience across the public, not-for-profit, private and corporate sectors. As an arts consultant, she is currently managing curatorial, sales and partnership projects in the UK and abroad. Amina previously worked at DContemporary gallery where she launched the gallery’s Annual Prize promoting and showcasing young, contemporary talent. Her professional background includes working with the Natural History Museum and a number of other national charities, where she managed projects and programmes focused on culture, income generation and relationship building.

Amina is trained in archaeology, with postgraduate studies in art law and policy. She is also a Royal Society of Arts Fellow. In her spare time, she teaches Greek as a foreign language and supports stray-animal charities in the Balkans and Greece.

Georgia Prowting-Lord

“My involvement as a trustee of ArtCan is incredibly rewarding as it allows me to develop my own leadership skills while bringing my fundraising and financial skills to the Board. I believe art is synonymous with civilisation itself, as so many aspects of society are portrayed and preserved in a form that is beyond words alone. Experiencing the passion and enthusiasm of ArtCan’s talented network has made me appreciate the importance of developing and promoting emerging artists to ensure that the creative world continues to thrive.”

Georgia Prowting-Lord is an Anti-Financial Crime Investigations Manager with eight years’ experience in the legal and banking sector. She holds a BA in ancient history, a master’s degree in law and is currently working towards an Msc in compliance and regulation.

Georgia is a classically trained ballerina and in her spare time she is an avid supporter of performing arts. Georgia has led several campaigns for charitable causes, raising over £10,000 in personal fundraising efforts in the past decade. Georgia joined ArtCan in 2018 as the fundraising trustee with the primary responsibility of helping fund the organisation’s growth.

Spirit de la Mare

“ArtCan embodies everything that will pull us through this difficult time and I endeavour to enhance this wonderful sense of community with my experience of spotting opportunities for our artists to progress, as we rebuild during and after the lockdown.” 

Spirit de la Mare has had a portfolio career in culture and public relations, most recently working with the Southbank Centre on campaigns for large institutions including the Hayward Gallery, Hayward Gallery Touring, Arts Council Collection, London Literature Festival and Poetry International.

Both her career and professional associations reflect a deep, personal commitment to culture, and particularly to art and writing. In addition to being an ArtCan trustee, she is a Royal Society of Arts Fellow and the Chair of Kingsgate Workshops Trust, a complex of affordable art studios. In 2019, Spirit became a Founding Friend of the Mansion Cottage Bookshop at Kenwood House. She is also an Arts Scholar of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the Company of Entrepreneurs who represents the Company as an ambassador in the arts, creative and cultural sectors. Spirit is a member of the Roedean School Council and Governor of the school which boasts a vast, artistic alumni.

Tabish Khan

“I want to make art accessible to everyone and to champion talented emerging artists, two goals that perfectly align with the ethos of ArtCan.”

Tabish Khan is an art critic specialising in London’s art scene. He visits and writes about hundreds of exhibitions a year, has served on selection panels for prestigious events including The Other Art Fair and the ING Discerning Eye, and held conversations with artists. He is a frequent participant in panel discussions on art collecting, online art and writing about art. Tabish is visual arts editor for Londonist and a regular contributor for FAD with the weekly columns ‘Top exhibitions to see in London’ and ‘What’s wrong with art?’. While art is Tabish’s primary focus, he has written about film, theatre and food as well.

Marine Costello

“I’ve been passionate about art – particularly drawing, painting and sculpture – since I was a little girl. As an art consultant and mentor for artists, I get to live and breathe visual art every day. The reason why I get up and go to work is to help artists share their talent with the world. I hope to bring my practical experience, and my knowledge of PR and social media to support ArtCan and its member artists.

Partner & Head of Communications at Parker Harris, Consultant and Mentor for Artists. Marine is half-French half-American and grew up near Paris. She studied an MA in Art History at the Ecole du Louvre (where the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo live) and took a minor in arts management. During her studies, Marine worked as an art consultant for a non-profit, and single-handedly built social media pages promoting historic and contemporary art to over 100,000 followers. She grew her experience across the art world, in public and commercial galleries, online publications, and the Louvre museum. Marine joined Parker Harris as Communications Officer, before becoming Partner and Head of Communications. She now oversees the PR, marketing and social media for a number of artists, exhibitions and institutions.

Jo Taylor

“I think that making art – and appreciating art made by others – is what makes us human. It brings us together, offers us new perspectives, reminds us of our individuality, and gives us a chance for reflection. I want to help foster the crucial contribution that artists make to the art world – and our society – through the power of collaboration which ArtCan brings to the art world.”

Jo Taylor is a consultant with over 20 years’ experience in financial, legal and consultancy services including 14 years at major global banks. A lawyer by background, Jo’s practice areas include compliance, investigations, ethics and conduct.  Jo drives strategy and solutions using her breadth of experience, business acumen and a collaborative and dynamic approach.  In her spare time Jo is a keen supporter of performing and visual arts and enjoys running and yoga.

Nicola Johnston-Green

“My interest is in art that is being made now and the importance of this in contemporary life. The role of ArtCan to promote and support artists by providing a platform to share and exhibit their work is invaluable, particularly to emerging artists of whatever age or experience. I hope that the skills that I have acquired through a working life in the arts would offer ArtCan something useful in promoting the organization and its work.”

Previously Head of Art and Design at the 6 th Form College Colchester, Nicola is a Trustee of ‘The Hervey Benham Charitable Trust’ and Programme Secretary for ‘The Arts Society North East Essex’. She is an ex-Trustee of ‘Firstsite’ Contemporary Gallery in Colchester. Nicola completed a BA Hons in Art History at the University of Essex and (years later), an MA in ‘Contemporary Art and Professional Practice’ (the Artist – Teacher scheme) also at Essex University.