Access Space employs six part-time members of staff who make up our core team. On any day it's likely that two, three or more of us will be in the space. If you'd like to get in touch with one of them individually, please use our email contact form or phone Access Space.
Having escaped from the corporate programming machine Martyn is living his dream supporting FOSS in access space and beyond through his work on SOAP and Refab Space, as well as writing chunks of the code for this site and design.access-space.org. He has worked on high profile websites and is a keen FOSS programmer leading or contributing to several projects (mostly web based) over the years.
Follow his and the tech teams activities here
Jake is Digital Arts Programme Manager at Access Space. He has been involved with making music in Sheffield since the 1980s and is now a sound artist, musician/producer, composer and field recordist with a strong interest in new media art and the practical use of Open Source audio-visual software.
He was a partner in FON (Sheffield's first large commercial recording studio) and a member of industrial/electronic band Chakk in the 1980s. He is currently one of “freestyle techno” trio Heights of Abraham and The Apt Gets, a band based at Access Space which uses guitars and only Open Source software on recycled computers to create music.
Charlotte Morgan is an artist and writer based at S1 Artspace, with a wide range of experience of working in participatory and public realm arts activity. She has been involved with local and international projects and has been published in experimental journals and national art press.
With other Facilitators she co-develops creative activities for Access Space participants using Open Source Software. Her role also involves ensuring that participants are able to work productively in the space and feel part of the Access Space community. She networks with individuals, groups and organisations who may be interested in working with or at Access Space and is one of the e-mentors on the new Making IT Personal project.
James Wallbank is an artist, educator and free software advocate. He founded the arts group Redundant Technology Initiative and has exhibited in numerous international venues, including ZKM and Tate Britain. He's deeply engaged with developing digital media theory and has authored two internationally influential documents, “Lowtech Manifesto” and “Zero Dollar Laptop Manifesto”. He is a frequent presenter at media arts festivals, conferences and universities, is a self-taught LPIC1 Engineer and delivers Linux training for enterprises and communities.
Steve Withington is an artist and designer. At one stage he supported himself through selling beautiful monochrome landscape photography of the Dark Peak. More lately he's made paintings and digital images that increasingly seem to be infiltrated with anarchic monkeys. He runs his own a web design business, Deedah Design and is a keen chess player.
Steve works with Charlotte to help promote peer-learning, networking and creativity.
Jonathan has a background of working with community organisations promoting local empowerment and self help. Recently he completed an MA in Activism & Social Change at the University of Leeds. He has strong financial expertise, has worked to establish two local credit unions, and is accredited to Level 2 by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Jonathan writes for local publications and is enthusiastic about the potential for digital technologies to give people a voice. He organises the Alt-Sheff website which features articles, videos and news around Sheffield's alternative cultures.
Access Space has an ever-expanding team of volunteers, who help out with hardware, software, recycling and the general running of the space. Some of our volunteers are listed here.
Fuad helps us assess, analyse and repair computers, and has recently started installing and configuring Linux. He comes in early (before we open) and works with Martyn to maximise the number of PCs we can revive.
Theo has a high level interest in the GNU/Linux system and other free software. He has developed several maintenance systems and tools for Access Space.
Phil is an expert with Inkscape, the open source vector graphics editor. At Access Space he helps by facilitating “Chess Saturdays” helping beginners of all ages to take their first steps with chess. Phil's also been a huge help recently preparing Refab Space.
John has been the driving force behind the ongoing commissioning of Refab Space, undertaking a huge amount of construction work. John's expertise is as a technician, and he's the genius behind “Artbot” - an autonomous, free-roaming painting robot controlled by Arduinos.
If you'd like to become involved with any of the many cool things we do at Access Space, please follow the link below: