about us

Our organisation began back in 2007 in Lincoln as Blueprint: Film Foundation. Our founders grew up in rural Lincolnshire. They were massive film fans from a young age – which explains our early focus on film. But they didn’t have access to the wider arts because of how remote their area was.

 

From this experience, Blueprint: Film Foundations was created to offer film and arts projects, events and festivals in areas with little arts activity and engagement.

our values

accessible

inclusive

arts

We know art and culture have the power to engage and transform communities, as a tool to navigate complex issues and develop community cohesion.

 

At the same time, we want to celebrate talent, harness people’s imaginations and offer them new and exciting experiences. It’s the combination of all these things that have inspired us to grow and strive towards making more of the arts accessible to all.

 

As part of this growth, we have been joined by new staff and a board of passionate individuals who share our vision.

 

In 2020, we changed our name to Blueprint Arts.

 

This new name reflects both the skillset of our expanded team and our new perspective.

 

We offer a wide range of opportunities across many creative media, and want to focus on the positivity and celebratory aspects of our work.

 

What else has changed? We have also moved down south and are currently based in London and Kent. This means we can now reach more people – whilst keeping our Lincoln links through projects like Flix in the Stix.

 

Overall, Blueprint Arts is excited about the future. Our team looks forward to helping more people explore new parts of arts and culture while partnering with local artists, businesses and communities.

the team

Laura Kavanagh | Artistic Director

Laura has been working in participatory arts for nearly 20 years. She is from a working-class background and didn’t have an easy childhood, but after her experiences at a youth theatre transformed her life, she knew that she wanted to dedicate her career to trying to do the same for others.

 

Laura has been with Blueprint for 11 years, first as a freelancer, when we were Blueprint Film Foundation and now as Artistic Director. She is very excited about taking Blueprint Arts on its new and exciting journey into a broader scope of artistic work with communities. Her greatest passion is for spectacular and celebratory outdoor arts performances developed by and for communities.

 

Paige Stevens | Project Coordinator

Joining the Blueprint Arts team as Project Coordinator as it heads into a new phase of life, Paige is excited to combine her experience in theatre-making, performance, and visual art with community-based projects and outreach. She has worked with various different communities in both arts and welfare projects, including ex-offenders, refugees, and young people, and aligns strongly with Blueprint’s mission to create accessible and enjoyable creative opportunities for all.

 

With a love for live theatre, she is enthusiastic about creating brave spaces where people of all ages can explore both themselves and the world around them. In her free time, you can find Paige trying her hand at whatever fad she fancies this month – examples include crochet, guitar, rug-pulling, and chess.

 

Gemma Laws | Associate Artist

Gemma joined the company at the beginning of 2021 as the marketing coordinator for Blueprint Film. Being involved in Blueprint Arts has allowed her to combine her love of the arts with her marketing skills and her belief in the value of grassroots community work.

 

Since childhood, Gemma has felt drawn to the arts as a means of expression. Her passion lies in music, drawing and writing. She is particularly excited by the ability of the arts to share human stories, build bridges between communities and tackle social inequalities. Gemma spends her free time journaling, playing the guitar and visiting art galleries. 

 

Darren Bolton | Chair of the Board

Darren founded Blueprint: Film Foundation back in 2007, with the aim of using multimedia as a tool to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities. He currently acts as the Chair of the Board for Blueprint Arts, whilst also being the Managing Director of Blueprint Film.

 

A lifelong film buff, Darren has a love for creative storytelling and culture. He is a skilled filmmaker, having written and directed an array of short films, documentaries and commercial productions. His strengths lie in building strong narratives and creating content that emotionally connects with different audiences. Outside of work, Darren is very passionate about helping the communities he lives and works in.

 

Stewart Wilson | Associate Artist

As an associate artist, Stewart produces videos and animations for Blueprint Arts. He has a strong background in design, which makes him a valuable addition to our team. He first joined the company in 2018 as Blueprint Film’s digital content producer, creating and editing short-form motion design and social media content for a range of corporate clients. In his spare time, Stewart shares his love for arts and culture through producing and uploading his own reviews of movies and TV shows on YouTube.

 

Chris Searson | Designer

Chris serves as our lead designer. He is responsible for Blueprint Arts’ visual branding, creating our new logo, website and more. His ties to the company go back as far as 2010, when he joined Blueprint Film as the Head of Production. Chris’ experience spans all aspects of production and design from concept to delivery.

 

Johnny Guiton | Staff Member & Bookkeeper

Johnny is a staff member and the bookkeeper for Blueprint Arts. He has worked with Blueprint Film since 2018, making sure that our numbers add up.

Laura Kavanagh

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Darren Bolton

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Johnny

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associates

Chris Searson

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Stewart Wilson

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Board of Directors

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