Most ArtReach work involves international connections, in particular our exciting and wide-reaching European partnership projects such as JOURNEYS and VOICES.

In April ArtReach takes a developmental step in becoming a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England, and with a big step change in development comes the exciting addition of new team members! Our new appointments will bring a truly international dimension to the team and we hope there will be an opportunity for lots of cross-cultural ideas and learning. Meet the latest team members below:

Laura Rossi

Assistant Producer – Journeys Festival International

Laura gained a degree in Intercultural Communication from Sciences for Linguistic Mediation in Genova, Italy and subsequently mastered translation across her native Italian language as well as French, Spanish and English.

Laura has used these skills to deliver various international projects from her base in the Midlands, UK. This includes developing an Italian language course for WEA (Workers Educational Association) and a developing a European project for Bike Works in Nottingham. Most recently, Laura has continued her European work with New Art Exchange, Nottingham and Third Sector International in Spain. We look forward to seeing the development of the ROOTS Group in Leicester that Laura will be particularly supporting as part of Journeys Festival International Leicester.


Alexandros Plasatis

Assistant Producer – Journeys Festival International

Alex is an ethnographer and has a PhD in Creative Writing from De Monfort University, an MA from Loughborough University and studied Social Anthropology at the University of Southampton. He writes fiction in English, his second language, and his work has appeared in American, UK, and Indian magazines and anthologies.

Alex volunteers at Leicester City of Sanctuary, where he helps find and develop new creative talent within the refugee and asylum seeker community, and has supported artists at Word!, Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Journeys Festival International and Derby Poetry Festival.

Angela Stienne

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Dr Angela Stienne holds a PhD (2017) from the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester with an interest in the past and contemporary engagements with Egyptian mummies in and out the museum.

Angela is the creator or Mummy Stories, a project that enables accessible engagement to culture through digital platforms with a strong focus on social media. She has a passion for the arts and roles have included working at the Louvre in Paris, A Gallery in London and New Walk Museum here in Leicester.

Maddie Smart

Producer – Journeys Festival International in Leicester

Maddie Smart is a freelance creative producer and events manager based in Leicester. She has previously worked with Leicester Comedy Festival, Hubbub Theatre, Curve Theatre, New Art Exchange, Artichoke Trust and Glastonbury Festival. Maddie joined the ArtReach team as Associate Producer in 2017, leading on Journeys Festival International in Leicester and our Creative Europe funded project VOICES.