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About the team working on Cliftonville Voices...

Katie Blythe

KATIE BLYTHE has a background in community engagement, community research and oral history. Having previously worked with Power of Women and Looping the Loop, she has particularly close links to Cliftonville and, in recent years, has also been researching the Jewish history of Thanet. As Cliftonville Voices Manager, she has connected with local residents to ensure the widest range of potential participants, and so ensure that Cliftonville West’s many cultures are represented in this project; as well as preserving the legacy of the former Margate synagogue community.

Claire-Beth Gibson

CLAIRE-BETH GIBSON is a Margate-based artist, designer and animator, fascinated by human connection, the neurodivergent experience, and normalising mental health issues. 


She recently graduated from The Margate School and now has several passion projects on the go, including illustrating for a medical herbalist, co-creating a local “What’s On” platform and volunteering with a neurodivergent support service. She is delighted to be working with Cliftonville Cultural Space and extremely proud of her design work for the Cliftonville Voices project. 

Meriel Hunt

MERIEL HUNT is a set designer and art director from Wales. Her experience, spanning work as varied as local community folk exhibitions and luxury fashion events, has shaped her design philosophy and unique style admired by clients and collaborators from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall and the Covent Garden Flower Market, to Selfridges and the London Fashion Week.


Meriel is intrigued by the use of movement, sound, and dynamic builds that see her work change, grow, and respond to its surroundings. Her background in social architecture which, combined with a keen interest in local traditions, crafts, and sustainability, means that her designs are intended to act as living enhancements to their environment rather than context-less transplants.

Nathan Jones

NATHAN JONES is a digital artist working with projections and performance. He has extensive experience working on theatre and music projects, regionally, nationally and internationally.

He has collaborated with numerous artists and companies including Birmingham Rep, The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Iapetus Records, Kanif the Jhatmaster, Yugen Blakrok, Soweto Kinch, Jonzi D, Akala.

His work has featured on BBC interactive, at the Royal Court Theatre, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Turner Contemporary, Rome Colosseum and numerous performance venues, music festivals and clubs in Europe and South Africa.

He has recently completed an MA in Fine Art (Art, Society, Nature) at The Margate School. Part of the MA involved an internship with innovative theatre company 1927.


Dan Scott

DAN SCOTT works across installation, performance, sound and socially-engaged practice and has shared his work at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, De La Warr Pavilion, Turner Contemporary, Venice Agendas and Whitstable Biennale.

He holds a PhD from the University of the Arts in London on the practices of listening within contemporary art. Dan teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has taught and led workshops at many other higher education institutions across the country, including The Margate School.


Recent projects include co-writing a binaural musical for Camden People's Theatre, to be listened to on headphones, and an audio-guide fantasy for Pallant House Gallery in Chichester - plus an audio-visual installation and performance about the English Civil War made for Naseby 1645, curated by Arts and Heritage.

Jan Ryan

One of CCS’s founders, Jan Ryan is a creative producer and festival director with more than 40 years’ experience of presenting work that is diverse, inclusive and socially engaged.


She established UK Arts International in 1992, working with venues from village halls to the West End and collaborating with organisations such as the Barbican in London, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Market Theatre of Johannesburg.


On moving to Margate in 2014, her focus has been on working with local artists. She co-founded and led the Power Of Women festival until 2020 and produced the Making Waves festival for Margate Now in 2019.

Arnold Schwartzman

Born in London, raised in Margate and now living in LA, Arnold Schwartzman is an internationally renowned graphic designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker and author. He began his career in broadcast television as a graphic designer for Associated-Rediffusion Television and later became consultant art director and illustrator for the Sunday Times.

In 1974 he was elected to the prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale and in 1978 was invited by legendary designer Saul Bass to be his studio’s design director in Hollywood, where in 1981, he produced & directed Genocide, winning an Oscar for best documentary feature.

In 1982 he was appointed the director of design for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, received an OBE in 2002 and in 2006 was conferred the distinction of Royal Designer (RDI).

Arnold Schwartzman has authored over twenty books, three of which are due for publication in 2023. He is a past governor of the University for the Creative Arts and is currently Patron of The Margate School.


Aleks, Freddie, Maria, Marta, Sami & Sahare Azemi, Sean Bicknell, Ade Bernard, Jane Bishop, Susan Bryant, Glennis Cane, Jenny Cranstone, Aileen Christodolou, Jean Gaffin, Daniel Gemsa, Jane Henya, Perrina Hoser, Tania Hoser, Katrina Howe, Abby Jobe, Takumba Ria Lawal, Ilva Marey, David & Jacqui Mirsky, Guy Oliver, Vivienne Osbourn, Franca Pauli, Aram Rawf, Amy Redmond, Betty Renz, Ernestine Ruback, Arnold Schwartzman, Zdenek & Lenka Tancos, Bernadette & Gerrard Tighe, Heinz Vogel, Yvonne Wade, Charlotte Woolley, Cankat Yildirim

Oral Historians

Dr David Nettleingham (Trainer), Katie Blythe, Lucy Edemate, Alastair Hagger, Tayen Keval, Sharon Liff, Chris Rooke, Richard Savin, Matthew Shinebourne, Michelle Ward

Steering Committee

Anna Baranowska, Franca Pauli, Arnold Schwartzman, Felicity Stafford, Anny Squire

Donated materials

Anonymous (Arts Education Exchange), Bar Nothing, Susan Bryant, Bev Finkletaub, Jean Gaffin, Maxine Hoser, Perrina Hoser, International Food Centre, Sandra Jones, Tim Keenan, Anthony Lee (, AJ Marriott (, Tim Moyler and family, Nasza Biedronka, Aram Rawf, Dominic Rose (Wild Margate), Ernestine Ruback, Arnold Schwartzman, Andy Spencer, Tiarrah Pizza Bar, Bernadette Tighe, Sharon Turney, Adrienne Wallman, Susanne Williamson, 

Additional support

Anna Baranowska, Cathy Chilly, Cliftonville Nostalgia Facebook group, Cliftonville Primary School, Hana Conkova, Darryn de la Soul, Dr Maria Diemling, Draper’s Mills Primary Academy, Alice Dunham (Arts Education Exchange), Elouise Farley, Brendon Fetahu, Godfrey Fischer, Stéphane Goldstein, Kate Hart, Lee Hopkins (Truprint Media), Daiga Jansone, Lucy Kennedy (Margate Library), Tayen Keval, Jane King (Screen Archive South East), Nathan Jones, Elaine McCarthy (Cliftonville Community Centre), Steve Miller, David Nettleingham, Palm Bay Primary School, Laura Parden, Sam Pisano, Estelle Rosenfeld, Jan Ryan, Cherelle Sappleton (Arts Education Exchange), Eli Seath, Ricky Smith (Margate Museum), Mandi Stander, Veronika Stoyanova, Rachel Stuart, Anny Squire, Anna Symes, The Margate School, Eli Thompson (Olbys), Steve Villette (Garden Gate Project), Martin Vogel, Jodi Watson (United Mothers), Jane Wright (Arts Education Exchange), Sophie Yates Lu (Arts Education Exchange) 

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