About us

The Rooftop Arts Centre is an artist-led community based not-for-profit charity. Located in the heart of Corby town centre providing artist studios, exhibitions, classes, and events.

Resident Artists

Peter Bullivant

Studio 1

Peter’s work consists of installations that display sculptures, photography, drawing and research which explores the subject of time, place and history.

“I am a Fine Art post graduate interested in sculpture, drawing, photography and installation art. My work focuses on the every day and to document the world at present. My interests are architecture, public spaces, street furniture, everyday objects with a sculptural quality, the over looked, the order of objects, colour, line and the engagement with the present.”

Find out more about Peter’s work here:

www.flickr.com/people/26138346@N07

Dalena Labosova

Studio 3

Daniela R. Labos (MFA, MA) received her MFA in 2015 at the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2009 she received an MA as a teacher of Art and Art History at the University of Presov in Slovakia. She studied at the Department of Fine Art at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, as well.

In her art practice, Labos works with installations, drawings but primarily with paintings. The core of her artworks are themes from everyday life, from trivial situations, personal observation, or memory traces. Labos builds her paintings basically as abstract or vague environments. These environments can’t be strictly identified on the first view, they are unknown, vague. Paintings have their own roles to allure the audience closer, change the direction of view and then, paintings reveal new insight, tracks, and offer to wander between interspaces. Important is the act of the painting process and the consecutive personal necessity of participating as an accession of the physicality.

Dalena R. Labos is an active artist who regularly participates in exhibitions across the UK, in Europe, or at home in Slovakia. In Rooftop Arts Centre she leads art classes for young artists called ‘Young Creators’.

Find out more about Dalena’s work here:

Instagram @daniela_labosova

www.dalenalabos.tumblr.com

Warren Shaw

Studio 4

Warren lives and works as an artist and creative freelancer in Corby. In 2009, he received his BA Honours in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University and has since shown work in London, Oxford and Nottingham and throughout the county.

In 2015 he held his first solo show ‘Sound Forms’ at The Rooftop Arts Centre and later that year moved into Studio 4.

Warren’s work primarily investigates the morphology of human experience through a variety of visual and aural media, resulting in synaesthetic interdisciplinary crossovers, installations and more traditional outcomes.

Find out more about Warren’s work here:

www.warrenshaw.art

Amanda Drage

Studio 4

Amanda Drage has been drawing and painting for most of her life and is now a full-time artist living and working in Corby.

Amanda started out specialising in equine art, but her work now covers birds and all wildlife. Amanda produces paintings in oil, as well as drawings in pastel & coloured pencil, graphite, and charcoal, and is self-taught.

For the last few years, Amanda has mostly been working to commission creating portraits of pets. 2017 has seen her return to producing original paintings as she works towards her first solo exhibition, as the People’s Choice prize awarded by Northamptonshire’s Open 16 show.

Find out more about Amanda’s work here:

www.amandadrageart.com

www.facebook.com/amandadrageart

Marina Papadopoulos

Studio 5

Marina gained a coveted place at Hornsey College of Art but left early to start employment.  After years of living abroad, she took up art again.

Marina is an impulsive artist, painting impasto in heavy acrylics on canvas allowing contours to show where the story goes next, preferring a loose style and finishing in one session.  However, she also loves other methods, like lino printing.

Since moving to Corby, Marina has occupied Studio 5 with artist Margaret, gaining inspiration from working with the diverse resident artists. She is a non-practising qualified Advanced Hypnotherapist and qualified archer and a member of Big About Singing choir.

Margaret Montgomery

Studio 7

Margaret has a BA(Hons) Degree in 3D Design.

Margaret uses a variety of techniques and materials, in her work. She enjoys the freedom to illustrate her ideas in different ways such as pencils pastel and line printing.

Margaret is influenced by abstract art. She is inspired to use abstraction for her work.

Dinah Kazakoff – Gallery Director

Studio 8

Dinah Kazakoff is a 30-year veteran practitioner in visual arts, photography, and design.  Born and educated in Corby she has spent several years studying and working outside Great Britain mainly in the USA.

In the USA Dinah worked in the Public Relations and Communications Department at the world-renowned Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton NJ, as Assistant to the Public Affairs Director. An accomplished photographer her photo work was published in a number of academic and house publications at the Institute.  Her portrait work of scholars such as mathematician John Nash and campus photographs has gained her a number of credits.

For several years she studied under sculptor and artist Pietro del Fabro at his studio in Princeton NJ, refining her talents in oil, acrylic, and water colour painting.

Martin Baldock

Studio 9

Martin is a painter, photographer, poet, film maker, installation artist, and composer using traditional and contemporary media. He likes to explore the properties of the materials he uses, looking for ways to subvert them.

He was born in Kent in1948 and has always had the creative impulse to express himself via the arts, influenced by Picasso, Pollock, and other arts from the postwar period.

In recent times he has been experimenting with pastel on canvas to make abstract and figurative work, also playing with found objects to make 3D works. These works are responses to music, history, and life in general.

He is currently venturing deeper into making music, describing it as a kind of 21st Century Blues infused with beats, noise, and sound effects, using guitars, synthesisers, samplers, and the spoken word. His musical collaborations include, “The Mighty Pandl”, “The Slackstring Band”.


Find out more about Martin’s work here:

www.youtube.com/user/martinartist09
www.soundcloud.com/martrox

Glenn McCabe

Studio 10

Glenn studied Sculpture at Winchester School of Art in the late 1980s and then moved on to Paris and later Bristol. He returned to the UK and has worked as a tattooist while continuing to pursue his artwork. He has returned to his painting and drawing.

Annie Tappendon

Studio 11

When I left Goldsmiths in 1985 I was making installations of large hanging sculptures using sisal rope, rubber, netting, and sand exhibiting in gallery spaces. Later I decided to complete an MA in Birmingham in 1997. Still passionate about installations, I use my own hair, masks, chairs, etc. plus portraits and abstract paintings. Now I draw large drawings about how I feel concerning politics, race, religion, and inequality.

Sharon Read

Studio 13

Sharon, a recent graduate of an MA Fine Art programme of The University of Northampton, situates her practice within the margins and in-between requirements of sculpture, installation and performance and most recently questioned the notion of the anti-monumental with works of a temporary nature alongside an observation to the unmaking and remaking, the undoing and redoing as ritual.

There is an ongoing enquiry concerning the underlying meaning and significance of the circle as metaphor relatable to the body and its context; being in a liminal state within the world. Current investigations bring forth questions around materiality and form as a result of an installation of works titled ‘Khora’, a receptacle or space, a material substratum, a site. Deconstruction of the term allowed Sharon to consider the body and non-body in a state of flux between two states of being and non being.

Fanoulla Georgiou

Studio 15

Fanoulla studied Fine Art, Practice and Theories at The University of Derby and graduated in 1998. She then continued to complete an MA, a certificate in education (CTLLS) and run a studio. She is an associate member of The Society of Education.

She has been teaching art and design, at further and higher level for almost 20 years and has exhibited in galleries across the UK, including Halifax, in Yorkshire and London.

Fanoulla is currently running classes at The Rooftop Arts Centre and holds regular workshops, in and around the Corby and Leicester areas, which focus on communities collaborating and working together.

She occupies studio 15 and works in photography and mixed media and often draws inspiration from the unimportant, the discarded and the forgotten; she considers her work to be ‘found’ pieces of art.

Subject matters have included wall surfaces and old signage in Venice, Italy, to rusty skips and disused paint palettes

Fanoulla is an experienced artist and tutor who hosts regular weekly classes at the Rooftop Gallery.