Samantha Barnes


Artist & Director of The Art Retreat

You can read all about Sam here

Carl Stickley

Carl has been a huge help and source of support to The Art Retreat.  He makes all our films and delivers photography and film-making courses.  He has his own business called and teaches Media at Colchester Institute.  Carl is currently studying his MA in Film at Essex University.

Jon & Clio Morton (with Rex)

Our beautiful studio, The Art Retreat sits in the garden of The Morton Family.  Without them, none of this would be possible.  Both (world class) violinists, they have welcomed us into their lives offering support, taking no rent and being fundamental in our cause to offer wonderful things to our local and wider community.  Rex is a big part of our story too.  Best friends with Barney (Sam & Carl's dog) they offer constant love and attention to our workshop guests in an exchange for a walk in the woods and a biscuit or two!

Sophie Tott / Tallulah Goodtimes

Sophie Tott runs The Frolics Festival and is a renowned DJ with a HUGE following.  Her mission is to 'Bring Cool Things To Suffolk' and we are with her all the way.  Most of our large art events and community projects are organised and delivered in conjunction with Sophie and we work brilliantly together.

You can visit Sophie's website here & The Frolics Facebook Events Here.

Clare Perkins

Clare is our actual Town Mayor here in Woodbridge!  We are so happy to be working with Clare, a Wedding Dress Maker and big time community mover and shaker as you can see.  Clare has her own sucessful business and is passionate about the benefits of creativity for our mental wellbeing and simply because engaging in craft activity is so good for us.

Clare is all things fabric, sewing and tactile.