Sydney Thornbury – CEO
I was born in New York, raised in Los Angeles and lived for 25 years in London working in the arts – so obviously my next big move had to be Wakefield, which I love. I have always been passionate about the role that arts and culture can play in people’s lives and in our communities. I studied Theatre at Uni, but I was always an entrepreneur – my childhood lemon-aid stands had subsidiaries. For me, business and entrepreneurism have always just been additional tools I use to be creative and to try to make the world a better place.
When I first saw the job for CEO at The Art House, I knew it’s where I wanted to be. And the Trustees must have wanted me, because they said I could bring my dog to work. Obviously TAH had already achieved some pretty great things, but I just saw so much potential that was still there to be unleashed. I think The Art House, like all great organisations, now plays a really important role in the community. It’s a place where a diverse and disparate group of people can come together to engage in creative practice together, without any barriers. On top of that, the coffee in our cafe is really great .