We are a group of people who care passionately about Gloucester. We work in community roles, we are students and teachers, we are artists and professionals. All of us want to celebrate Gloucester’s history and people and share untold stories. We want to grow, amplify and connect – and are always interested in hearing from potential new members.
Nana Afua Pierre is a writer and artist who lives in Gloucester. She was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2020, awarded a place on Curtis Brown Creative Breakthrough programme and shortlisted for the Discoveries prize in 2021. She is a columnist for the Cheltenham Lifestyle and Business Magazine and has worked for Local authorities across the West of England.
Chris is currently Operations Manager at Llanthony Secunda Priory. After initially studying music and musicology at university, he recently completed a PhD in history at the University of Birmingham. Bridging two of his passions in both music and local history, the thesis focused on music and the experience of worship throughout Reformation Bristol and Gloucestershire, 1530-1642. He is passionate in preserving culture and heritage in all its guises.
My name is Kelly and I’m studying history and religion at the university of Gloucestershire. I live in Gloucester and welcome the opportunity to support projects that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our city.
Tony Conder, retired Museum Curator and now Volunteer with Gloucester Civic Trust. Researches Gloucester’s History and gives guided tours and talks about it.
Heritage Manager at Llanthony Secunda Priory
An art historian by trade, heritage manager by day and musician by night – Emma has worked for not-for-profit and charitable organisations in the arts and heritage sector for the past 14 years. She enjoys sharing her passion for heritage in all its forms, whether tangible, natural or intangible and maximising the potential of our heritage sites and historic places for the benefit of our local communities.
Hello, I’m Tom. I am from Cheltenham and have lived there for most of my life. For three years however, I explored new cultures in and around eastern Europe, an activity that will always be a passion of mine. I am also a big fan of all things history and am currently studying at the University of Gloucestershire. The university led me toward this exciting voices project but my interest in exploring the heritage and culture of my local area encouraged me to get on board.
I have been a Teacher/School Leader for nearly 30 years. I now lecture part time at the University of Birmingham in Child Protection in addition to running my own freelance Safeguarding Consultancy. I provide a holistic approach to the wellbeing of both children and adults thinking about their participation to improve practice in keeping them safe. Exploring identity, culture and arts is a vital part of improving the wellbeing of individuals and society as a whole.
Hello, I am Jaro. I was born in Poland but moved to the UK in 2007. I have lived in Gloucester since
2010. I am chairing a local charity Polish Association Gloucestershire. In 2021 I was elected within
Kingsway ward to serve on Gloucester City Council. I am passionate about history, culture and
community engagement opportunities. I am thrilled about being a member of the Voices Community
Panel and looking forward to exploring the art and heritage within my local area.
Kia ora (hi), my name is Ashley, I am an advocate of culture and creativity with 15 years’ experience in arts, culture and heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK. I believe in collaboration and making sure that great art and culture is accessible for everyone. I am driven by sharing stories, inclusion and access. I am a people weaver passionate about Gloucester, its heritage and finding stories to act as conduits for communities.
Zora is a Choral Director, Composer and Singer-songwriter with many years experience in diversity and inclusion, and the voluntary sector. She spearheaded the first LGBTQ+ choir for the county, ‘Queer Voices Gloucestershire’, and was a recipient of Community Funding in Round One, for which she delivered an exhibition, showcase event and new composition about choir members’ lived experiences in the City. As a member of the funding panel, She looks forward to developing her network and giving back some of the invaluable support she has received from Voices Gloucester. Her special interest is in LGBTQ+ and women’s community arts and I am passionate about music, empowerment, equality, wellbeing and community.
Viva delights in living an active lifestyle. Always on the go, she juggles tasks as a writer, artist, event specialist, host, chef, and entrepreneur. Viva is currently an Entrepreneur of Love Viva Cakes and Crafts, Secretary of Filipino Association of Gloucestershire, Event Organiser, Podcaster of Love Viva, Writer of Yes Philippines NewsMagazine UK, Community and Communications Manager of Grow2Gether, Member of City Voices Community Panel, Global Media Relations and “Inspiring Millions Show” Host of World Humanitarian Drive.
Dylan is a local creative and General Manager at Gloucester Culture Trust, the city’s strategic organisation, whose aim is to enable a sustainable local cultural sector with a distinctive offer. He is passionate about the important role culture and heritage plays within the identity of the City he grew up in, especially for aspiring creatives and young people
I am a Muslim Woman from the Gujarati community. Born and brought up in Gloucester, I find it vitally important that diverse voices are heard, especially as we are part of the fabric of Gloucester and have been for a long time.
I love what Voices Gloucester is doing – working to ensure that we all have equal opportunities to funding opportunities and taking into account where certain types of funding may not be suitable (eg Lottery funding for some religious bodies).
I remember walking into my first community arts project and feeling like I didn’t belong. Having been a part of early projects at VG, I can see the effort that goes in to make spaces feel inclusive and hope this will be a start of a cultural shift in the arts and heritage sector in Gloucester and other parts of the UK, where underrepresented communities feel they are able to make their voices and life experiences heard.
My other interests include sustainability, photography, hiking, food and afternoon naps!
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