the canopy team

Canopy is run by a small, passionate team of arts professionals. Determined to embed creativity in The Forest of Dean, we work together with the aim of supporting artists and devising a cultural strategy for the area.

Rob Olins

ChairSteering Committee

Rob is a sculptor/designer working cross media, informed by architecture, acoustics and modern engineering techniques, with particular emphasis on the boundaries between art and science.

Qualifying in experimental ceramics led him to collaborate with architects, scientists and designers. This collaborative approach has always been a key element of his practice and as led him to working alongside a wide range of specialists ranging from sound designers to blacksmiths.

Website: robolins.net

Sara Rickard

Project Manager – Steering Committee

After several years planning I left my career in art education and decided to return to my roots in embroidery. An interest in line achieved in stitching achieves movement and layers of translucent fabrics combined with threads aims to add a depth and richness of colour. I stitch both by hand and machine.

Since 2016 I have participated in farOpen, local galleries and one person show ‘5,000 Hours’ at Ruskin Mill, Stroud. Exhibited at The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Harrogate and Dublin, pieces toured nationally. Work in public collections, one selling recently to Grantham Museum and Art Gallery.

Web: sarajoyrickard.com

Tanya GG

Secretary – Steering Committee

Tanya GG is an artist and freelance creative with many hats. Creative arts, administration, marketing, graphic design, website design, and tuition are some of her key areas of experience. She has a keen interest in the environment, and in using creativity to strengthen communities and improve wellbeing.

Alongside Canopy administration, Tanya works as Online Marketing Manager for Arte-Contemporary (a new project due to launch in the Spring of 2022), and Projection Designer for theatre productions by The Secret Stage School. Past roles include Arts Manager at Broomhill Art Hotel (now Broomhill Estate), Publicity Officer and Exhibitions Officer for North Devon Arts.

Website: tanyagg.co.uk

Roger Drury

Steering Committee

Roger is a community arts worker, based and working in The Forest of Dean and environs since 1986. He develops creative activity, engaging with communities, working with all ages and abilities. Projects have included setting up Coleford festival of Words, Forest of Dean Community radio, Incomplete Histories, Oh Crumbs spoken word live events, Last Thursday live performances and Glos Writers Network. He is a writer/performer member of Custard Ceili Band & the Pukes.

www.thecolefordhub.info