Our Team

Jennie Merriman

Chair, Website and Brochure Officer,

Jennie comes from an embroidery background and now works as a mixed media textile artist. She is a member of textile and printmaking groups in Derbyshire and Sheffield, exhibiting and working with them. Presently her creative work focuses on experimental weaving and constructed 3D pieces.

Nigel Winter


Not an artist, but enjoys involvement with like-minded people and the opportunity to support this worthwhile event.

Ann Christina Robson

Secretary , Editor

Ann is a designer-weaver and sometimes a tapestry artist.

She has a B.A.(Hons) in textiles and a P.G.C.E

For some years she was a primary school teacher.

Olinda Everett

MailChimp Secretary

Olinda is a potter who works in Ashover  making boxes and sculpture She draws on Middle Eastern and Southern European ceramic styles. Olinda is a member of the Northern Potters Association and Holymoorside Arts Festival.

Adrian Holt


Adrian is a ceramics artist based in Glossop. He joined the team in 2011 having exhibited as an artist for the last six Open Arts events. Adrian aims to promote the arts in the north of the county and recognises the important role that the Derbyshire Open Arts plays in this.

Andrea Joseph

Social Media

Andrea Joseph is an illustrator from South Wales, now living and drawing in the high peak. Her illustration work has taken her around the world, working on book, documentary illustration and urban sketching. She teaches online for Sketchbook Skool and runs her own workshops in Derbyshire including the popular Drink and Draw events. In 2012 a book was published about Andrea's work.

Tracey Coverley

Social Media

Living in Whaley Bridge for over 25 years now, trained in fine art at Loughborough then lived a life on the railway. 3 years ago I set up 'Handmade in Horwich End' and basically create what I want, largely working as a textile artist producing both 2D & 3D work. 2 main workstreams - fabric figures and reverse applique & machine embroidered portraits to commission.

Emma Jane Hough

Public Relations

Emma is an abstract painter who graduated from Central St. Martins in 2012 and then spent 7 years living and working in London. In January 2018, Emma moved back to Derbyshire and established herself as a full time artist.

Cass Rawlings

Minute Secretary

Cass is a textile artist mostly using hand stitch with layered fabrics. Tapestry weaving and traditional upholstery are also interests. She exhibits with two Sheffield based groups and this year, on behalf of the committee, intends to visit artists exhibiting during the Derbyshire Open Arts event.