ROAR has been supporting emerging and professional artists living or working in Rotherham since 2005, and is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by the Arts Council.

ROAR is run by a group of passionate people who believe that art is transformative and integral to the human experience. We believe that we can help the regeneration of Rotherham by supporting the local creative sector in its professional development and rising ambitions, whilst also embedding the arts in the social & economic environment, enabling the sector to thrive and creative practitioners to earn a living.

Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) is a small organisation with four members of staff and two freelancers, including Eunice Whitaker our Art Therapist:

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Sharon Gill- CEO

Creative Development (Wizard)

Creative Development (Wizard)

Buildings Manager (Spaceman)

Buildings Manager (Spaceman)

Marketing & Comms

Marketing & Comms


We operate a premises on Westgate in Rotherham town centre which provides 7 individual artist studios, is the home for Open Minds Theatre Company and forms the central hub of the organisation.

We are an infrastructure membership organisation, and registered ‘not for profit’ company limited by guarantee (no 0580119). You can see our diverse members and there work on our artist page here

We currently have 7 voluntary Directors representing a plethora of different art forms and identified business skills:

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Steve Rogers: Chair, Founding Member, and co-Founder of Open Minds Theatre Company.


Richard Lyon: Rotherham College of Art and Technology.

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Richard Millard: co-founder of Rotherham Arts Events







  • Mark Fell: Multidisciplinary Artist
  • Deborah Bullivant: Founder of Grimm & Co, children’s literacy project
  • Alka Walton: Marketing, Media and E-Communications Officer at Rotherham Borough Council
  • Nick Bax: Designer, Artist, Lecturer and founder of Human.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our board please do contact us (