Meet the team

Administrator - Annabel Williams

Annabel looks after the Bristol office. She is a Textile Designer/Weaver who creates woven pieces for installation and commission. She recently took part in a business development program with the Crafts Council and regularly takes parts in exhibitions.

Membership Coordinator - Miranda Wells

Miranda coordinates the Bristol studio. She is an artist and workshop facilitator, specialising in arts and health. She has a Fine Art background and holds a Psychology BSc. She has experience working within galleries, community, mental health and education settings.

Studio Manager - Bay Deane

Bay is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist –  MA in Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapy and also a sculptor.  She is involved in a number of projects including stone-carving workshops at the Studio, co-facilitating workshops for psychological growth through night-walking  – walking at night with no light as well as writing a book and playing the harp.

Studio Manager - Alex Wride

Alex is an Art Psychotherapist and a Design Technology teacher. He graduated with a distinction form the University of South Wales and won an award for his dissertation on the personal boundaries of Art Therapists who work at Studio Upstairs.

Studio Manager - Sharon Lewis

Sharon is a qualified Art Psychotherapist and artist with substantial experience of creative communities, education and health settings.

Studio Manager - Hilary Rapp

As well as working for Studio Upstairs, Hilary leads a weekly open studio group offering psychological support for adults and their carers who are coping with a serious medical condition. When living and working for twenty years in Asia, she also volunteered with YMCA tsunami medical relief team to Sri Lanka.

Following that, she then worked with individuals in palliative care at Marie Curie Hospice, London. As an Art Therapist Researcher in Singapore, she designed & implemented a pilot study to explore effects of art therapy on levels of anxiety & depression in adults of multiple ethnicities at the end of life.

Studio Manager - Katherine Engel

Katherine is a qualified and HCPC registered Art Therapist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art & Visual Culture from the University of West of England. She has been with Studio Upstairs since 2013 and currently manages on a Thursday. Alongside this Katherine currently teaches at Bristol City College on the Creative Arts Therapies Foundation Degree course as well as working in private practice in Bristol, Somerset and Frome.  She has extensive experience working in mental health, trauma and sexual abuse and violence.  She also is interested in meditation and mindfulness practice and the application of these to both therapy and artistic practice.


Office Manager  - Andrea Zapata-Nalsen

Andrea is an Art Psychotherapy trainee and a self taught artist. She has over eight years working experience in project management within the charity and voluntary sectors. She has also supported adults with learning disabilities to gain and develop confidence and self-advocacy skills through the use of creative processes.

Administrator - Dan Murphy

Dan is a BA Hons graduate (Film, Radio & Television Production with Media & Cultural Studies), graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writer’s Group and invite only Studio Group.

His experience includes work within NHS, Shine TV and Almeida Theatre

Senior Studio Manager - David Fried

A registered HCPC art therapist, David has been working as a Senior Manager for Studio Upstairs since 2006 having previously worked as a Studio Manager and volunteer.  David studied Fine Art BA (Hons) at Middlesex Polytechnic. He is a MA Postgraduate at the Royal College of Art and Art Therapy graduate at St. Alban School of Art. He has over twenty five years of experience in the field and also works part-time as an art therapist within the NHS facilitating a variety of art therapeutic groups and working with inpatients.

Studio Manager - Shahla Isfahani

Shahla started work at Studio Upstairs London in 2008. She had been awarded MA in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 2007, BA in Fine Art from Tehran University and also studied at the Institute of Artistic Industrial Design, Rome.

Shahla worked as an artist, art teacher, and graphic designer in Tehran, Rome and London for more than two decades.

Studio Manager - Helen Omand

Artist and HCPC registered Art Therapist, Helen is a Goldsmiths graduate with experience from NHS and educational settings. Some of her creative passions are working with ceramics and film making.

Studio Manager - Fiona Toth-Gillies

Fiona qualified in Art Therapy at the La Trobe University, Melbourne. She has experience from wide range of settings and previously worked at the London Studio as a volunteer and cover manager.

Studio Manager - Oliver Campbell

Oliver is an HCPC registered Art Therapist working across NHS, school and community settings. He is a practising fine Artist and member of Lewisham Art House. Oliver joined Studio Upstairs in November 2016.

Studio Manager - Kristina Page

Kristina is a qualified Art Psychotherapist, supervisor, and an artist. She has worked for many years with people who are experiencing homelessness, as well as with addiction and mental health issues. Kristina also works at the Royal Academy with families with children who have special educational needs, and at Claremont Project with older adults. She runs the life drawing sessions at Studio Upstairs and is currently training in group analysis.

Performance Group Manager - Erene Kaptani

Erene is a HCPC registered art therapist, performer and researcher. She has been working with Studio Upstairs since 2008.  Erene uses theatre to question constructions of identities, institutional and public communications as well as creating spaces/events for debate and interaction among different audiences.

Erene is a member of Playback South theatre company and has been published in several journals and is associate artist with UEL.


Project Coordinator - Jemma Curry

Jemma is responsible for coordination of the South London studio and Gallery. A Fine Art graduate, she has over 15 years experience in the not-for-profit sector and a keen interest in international development and community arts.

Administrator - Katrine Stolsnes

Katrine is the administrator in the South London studio and gallery. She has a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and a BA in Cultural Project Management. Katrine has a wide experience with administrative and marketing work from festivals and art organisations. Besides working for Studio Upstairs, she also works as the administrator for the art community organisation Art4Space.

Studio Manager - Benjamin Prosser

Ben is a qualified Art Therapist, Fine Art graduate and musician with extensive experience in the voluntary and mental health sectors.

Studio Manager - Sue Rendell

Sue is a qualified Art Therapist and workshop facilitator. She has extensive experience working with Adult Mental health, Adolescent and Child services. Besides working for Studio Upstairs, Sue also works with Older Adults who have Dementia and with their carers in the community. Sue also co-facilitates an Art  therapy group in the community and an 'Art for Wellbeing 'group that works directly from drawing in nature.



Trustee/ Director/ Chair of the Board: Antony Bates

Anthony has solid strategy and management experience gained through leadership roles in local government. He has completed an arts degree and was a Chair of Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes.

Trustee/ Director:  Liz Love

Liz grew her company and product brand from initial concept into an international network.  After setting up and running the international licensee network for ZCARD as Communications and Marketing Director, she became a Managing Director and Owner of that business until 2015.

Trustee/ Director:  Ben Wright

Ben has 20 years’ experience in a variety of marketing and revenue generation roles including developing strategies and running programmes for market positioning and branding. He is passionate about the benefits of therapy to mental health and also paints on a regular basis.

Trustee/ Director:  Edwige Russell

Edwige is ACA qualified and holds a Master degree in Accounting, Management Accounting and Audit. She has more than 7 years of experience working in public practices or in industry. She is specialised in in the financial services sector and is a technical expert in internal audit methodologies and in risk management. Edwige has an interest in arts and spends her free time visiting art galleries and museums.

Managing Director/ Company Secretary : Zlatinka Hristova 

Zlatinka is an artist, arts manager and curator.  Her work experience spans directorships in the private sector, teaching, mentoring and arts management. She holds two Fine Art degrees, PGCE, MA in Arts Policy and Management (Birkbeck) and Group Work Diploma (IGA).