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Meet our staff and board members.

Fareham Creative Space is proud to present its board of trustees, staff, tutors and volunteers.

Board of trustees

Claire Bleakley, Chair

Julie Lewis, Treasurer

Maureen Hyett, Marianne Linton


Operations and Human Resources Manager: Julie Lewis

Julie has lived in Featherston for 30 years and has experience in running small businesses.  Qualifications in Small Business and Event Management.  Her main role is Programming the workshops, with experience tutors - Staff management and day to day business activities.  If you wish to discuss being part of our small team and have experience is running an art and craft workshop contact Julie at

Coordinator, facilitator, outreach and pottery manager: Joanne Ridley-McBeth 

Joanne is our Lead Coordinator and has been the main driver in getting Fareham Creative Space up and running. She has formal qualifications in 3D Art, Fine Art and Sculpture & Installation and has previously worked at Alpha Art Studio in Wellington as a Team Leader. She has a passion for community creative spaces by making art & creativity accessible for all and believes in bringing hauora/wellness to the community through creativity. She loves to focus on the moment of creation 'the flow of inspiration' and tries to bring this practice into her everyday life. 

Facilitator, registrations, outreach and tutor: Taralee Freeman

Taralee Freeman is an Abstract Artist with qualifications in Creative & Visual Arts and 20+ years of experience in the NZ Creative Industry. She is a versatile and skilled Artisan, renowned for her unique and personal style. Her work has been exhibited nationally & internationally and she has also been a 3x finalist in the World of Wearable Arts.
She encourages you to always be reminded of these words by Henri Matisse 'Creativity takes courage', so… be courageous, fellow artists.

Facilitator, tutor and Open Studio Tutor: Justine Rose Kingdon

Justine is a Dancer, Choreographer, Performance Artist, Writer and Visionary. She has achieved a graduate and postgraduate diploma in novel writing and a graduate and postgraduate diploma in contemporary dance. She also has 6 years experience in trash to treasure creations and is a talented 'Upcycler'. Her deepest desire is to inspire and empower people in their creative response/relation to the earth.

Volunteer: Samantha Ridley-McBeth

Samantha Ridley-McBeth loves the magic and transformation which can be summoned forth from a static object, such as fabric or paint. She specialises in fabric creation, however in 2020 she mounted her own solo exhibition featuring Luna (above).  Samantha is also certainly a Performance Artist and is currently FCS’s resident Hatter.

External tutors

Ali Little, Ani Ross, Anne Benson, Diane Coe, Edith Rolls, Mary Bennett, Marshall Owen, Katrina Mclellan.


Staff and board

Visiting tutors


I have attended several courses at FCS.  I have found the tutors to be exceptional at inspiring creativity and very generous with their knowledge. The atmosphere at Fareham is friendly and inclusive and I have always felt welcomed there.  I have been inspired to continue sewing and have made several made-to-measure garments for myself, and been learning to make patterns using favourite garments and made gifts for friends and cushions for my home also using some of the materials I have dyed using shibori techniques.

Glass Creations Workshop

"Fantastic workshop. Heather was a knowledgeable and patient teacher who shared her time well among us all and was always ready to help out" Melanie

Invisible Mending

"Excellent experience.  It has been a long time since I've gathered with like-minded folk"


Incredible - I came with the only expectation to learn some basic weaving, instead I came away with this 'experience' that spoke to me on so many levels - sustainability, culture, and respect.



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