Droitwich Arts Network Committee

Chair – Helen Karakashian
Helen has interest in all forms of the arts including ballet, opera, art and theatre. Over the years she has learned a variety of crafts including lacemaking, embroidery, smocking, quilting and most recently weaving. However, she is at her most creative through knitting which she learned at the age of 3. She is a member of the Knitting & Crochet Guild, The Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild, The Arts Fund, and a friend of the V&A and The Barber. Other organisations to which she belongs which are not arts related, are The Rotary Club of Droitwich Spa, Life Member of the NT and Mensa. Contact:

Secretary – Rosie Philpott
After graduating from Worcester University with a degree in both Fine Art and English Literature, Rosie is now working as a freelance artist / illustrator. As a youngster she revelled in writing stories and bringing these to life through drawing and words. She is regularly producing greeting cards, paintings for children’s bedrooms and original commissions. She has also exhibited in the Jinney Ring Craft Centre following her appearance on the BBC program ‘Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution’. Rosie occasionally works with local school children, is a member of the Salvation Army, and is active in all DAN activities. Contact:

Treasurer & Website – Rhys Jones
Rhys spent his whole career working in IT services and has always been interested in the arts, particularly photography. After taking early retirement, Rhys worked for a few years as a freelance commercial photographer, but these days his photography is just a hobby. In March 2018 Rhys was announced as the Winner of the 2017 Wychavon Community Arts Recognition Award for his efforts in masterminding and organising Droitwich ArtsFest 2017. Rhys is also a member of Droitwich Camera Club. Contact:

Newsletter Editor – Tina Watkins
Tina Watkins is a mainly self-taught artist who recently moved to Droitwich from Kenilworth. Since taking early retirement Tina has enjoyed revisiting her interest in painting. She started again on a painting holiday in Greece where she discovered she hadn’t quite left it too late to relearn! A year at Warwickshire Art College, many and various painting clubs and several years of art tuition later she finds she is still learning. Tina is currently serving on the committee as Membership Secretary for the Coventry & Warwickshire Society of Artists and Newsletter Editor for Droitwich Arts Network. She is also a member of Droitwich Art Club. Contact:

Committee Member – Claire Hilton
Claire Hilton is a freelance arts in health professional and qualified Art Therapist. Having completed a Fine art Degree and a MA in Art Therapy Claire is a mixed media artist who bridges teaching and therapeutic artistic approaches with adults and young people in different community and statutory settings. As Regional Co-ordinator for British Association for Art Therapists, Claire regularly makes artwork and exhibits in the county and beyond working in many forms and media. Claire has been a member of DAN for 4 years and regularly contributes and coordinates creative events with Creating Space and Spare Room Arts. See

Historic Events – Alan Davey
Alan always works hard in bringing new ideas and projects for DAN events. His interest in history and, in particular, his knowledge of Droitwich history has resulted in numerous projects. Alan’s painted banners are displayed in Droitwich Community Hall, and his pottery sculptures are in St Andrews Church and local museum. He is a member of Probus 87 and Canal Trust, helping local scouts club. Just recently he has retired from actively playing league table tennis.


Committee Member – Lynda Sharp
Lyn has always been inspired by art and had the opportunity to rekindle her interest 10 years ago. Lyn had her own florist shop in Birmingham for 15 years but with the demise of Rover which effected all local trade she decided to sell up and take up her art. Lyn has a degree in art and design, qualified at Bournville college of Art, her interest started with pastel but now explores a range of mediums, wirework, pastel, needle-felt, pyrography and mixed media.


Membership Secretary – Wendy Simmons
Wendy is an emerging pastel, landscape artist who favours a speedy and impressionistic style. During the first lockdown she spent time learning and developing her drawing skills with pastels; using many locations in and around Droitwich, from the Bluebells at Trench Woods, the wildflowers at Salwarpe and scenes from the canal.  Wendy gave a fascinating demonstrating of some of her newly developed skills and talked about her lockdown experiences on zoom for all DAN members in November 2020.

Venue Management – Derek Webster
Derek was born in Liverpool at an early age. In junior school was lucky enough to be in a class where five or six boys loved drawing.  We all drew birds mainly until Tommy Metcalfe brought in his drawing of Ursula Andress in her bikini from Doctor No. This widened  our artistic horizons. Really  enjoy studying art history and now retired can set about becoming a better  painter. Paint in acrylics and still love pencil drawing.