an organisation based in Exeter, UK, which brings people together to design, promote and produce extraordinary live experiences, products and services.


Greek – kalos – beautiful

+ Greek – eidos – form

+ English – collider – collision

What we do… and an invitation

Kaleider is a studio based in Exeter U.K. We bring people together to make extraordinary live experiences, products and services. We play with live performance, installation, and digital, often in spaces that aren’t designated arts spaces. We make our own work, produce work, commission new work and provide support for artists to develop, push boundaries and take risks with their ideas.

We host a number of Resident artists, researchers, scientists, creative technologists and young people. Kaleider Residents make up the core of a broader network of people, groups, and businesses with differing backgrounds but with a shared desire to turn and face some of the world’s great challenges. Often the work that comes out of Kaleider is playable, and tries to interrupt people in their everyday contexts.

Kaleider is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is funded by Exeter City Council.

If you’d like to read more about us you can read our plan for 2015-2018 over here.

Twitter: @kaleider

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheKaleider

Kaleider is supported by Arts Council England and Exeter City Council

The People


Seth Honnor

Seth is Artistic Director and a Director at Kaleider. He is also Chair of Bristol based production company MAYK who produce the performance festival Mayfest. He was on the Steering Board for REACT (Research in Enterprise, Arts and Creative Technology 2012-16), an AHRC funded Creative Economy Hub consisting of Watershed in Bristol and Universities of Bath, Bristol, UWE, Exeter and Cardiff.

Prior to setting up Kaleider Seth was founding Director of Theatre Bristol from 2004 – 2010. From 1998 – 2006 he worked as Actor/Director/Producer for Leeds based Imitating The Dog, a performance company he set up with fellow graduates on leaving Lancaster University. During that time he was Development Director for Interplay in Leeds and a Curator for a season The Landscape of Childhood at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

Seth is an Honorary Fellow at University of Exeter.


Katie Keeler

Katie is Executive Producer of Kaleider. She was previously Co-Director of Theatre Bristol. Katie’s experience as a Producer and Exec Producer is extensive, producing multiple international tours, commissioning new work, Exec Producing a Circus Festival, and producing the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh. And at Theatre Bristol she’s had extensive experience in the successful strategic development of a city’s performance sector. Katie Chairs Puppet Place in Bristol.


Peter Vanderford

Peter is General Manager and a Director of Kaleider. He previously managed Daisi‘s Devon Youth Theatre and Devon Youth Dance projects between 2008 and 2012 and worked as a Fundraising and Communications Officer at Exeter Community Initiatives in 2011-2012. He came to Exeter in 2005 to earn an MA in Applied Drama at the University of Exeter before working at MED Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth. He is passionate about community, youth theatre, tap dancing and being a Dad.

In a former life, Peter was also a percussive dancer, performing with such groups as Flying Foot Forum (USA), Wild Goose Chase Cloggers (USA), Firestone (UK) Apakella (UK) and most has most recently been seen with Buffalo Gals Stampede (UK).


Jocelyn Mills

Jocelyn is Studio Producer at Kaleider, which means she hosts the studio space and looks after many of the relationships that are connected to it. It is a constant endeavour to bring together people of different backgrounds and diversify the influences at work in our processes. She is thoroughly enjoying her role supporting collaborations and project producing, while almost always outside of her comfort zone.

Jocelyn comes most recently from working in local engagement for Fuel Theatre. She has won awards for her outstanding contribution and integrity as Entertainment Business Management Programme Manager for Vancouver Film School, and in Stage Management for veteran Vancouver company, the Arts Club Theatre. She brings 15 years experience of working in the arts and education sectors in the UK, Canada and Spain, from the classroom to Cirque du Soleil. Jocelyn is also trained in costume construction and teaching, and loves to travel and to eat.

Naomi Ziewe Palmer

Naomi is Storyteller at Kaleider. She is a former A level Literature and English Language teacher, and teacher of Creative writing. She is now a copywriter who is trying her best to use her powers for good. At other times she’s an illustrator and she’s interested in identity and consciousness most of all.

Her work can be found on www.naomi.ziewe.comtheuncorruptedcopywriter.com and thealteringeye.com

Our Board

Mark Cotton – Chair

Mark brings 12 years experience of working in a senior position within one of the largest public funding organisations in the UK. As Big Lottery Fund’s Senior Head of the South West, West Midlands and East Midlands regions he was responsible for overseeing regional policy and context development, outreach support, customer service improvement, external relations, communications and public affairs.

For the last 3 years Mark has developed his own independent consultancy business supporting charities and social purpose organisations in strategic development, business planning, funding advice, investment readiness, stakeholder engagement and communications. Passionate about positive social change through enterprising solutions Mark is keen to support Kaleider in the pursuance of our mission.


Felicity Liggins

Felicity is a Senior Applied Scientist at the Met Office, working with health and government customers, as well as commercial clients, providing bespoke interpretation of climate change science.

Since 2008 Felicity has worked within Met Office Consulting and alongside experts in the wider Met Office, bringing bespoke interpretation and analysis of climate change science to a range of customers. In 2009, Felicity contributed to the Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change. Increasingly, policy- and decision-makers in the healthcare sector are recognising the threats and opportunities climate change could pose to the health and well-being of people around the world. Felicity also provides climate change advice to a range of government departments. In the past, her customers have included the Foreign and Commonwealth Office the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Environment Agency.

As part of her ongoing professional development, Felicity is currently undertaking a Masters in Science Communication at the University of the West of England. Related to this, Felicity is also a STEM Ambassador, promoting not only the work of the Met Office in education, but also encouraging young people to study STEM subjects and show how a career is STEM can be exciting, rewarding and of benefit to society.


Jan Winter

Jan Winter has over 30 years of arts and cultural management experience across England, Scotland and Wales. She began her career as an outdoor youth worker in streets, parks and estates in inner city London; stepping into more administrative roles Jan has development and management experience in charities, local authorities and arts organisations. Jan managed city-wide services for Glasgow Culture and Leisure, and was Interim Head of Arts for Bristol City Council, followed byCEO of Circomedia, a leading contemporary circus and physical theatre company. In recent years she has worked independently with a number of arts organisations in Bristol, Exeter, London and Dundee, providing management and mentor support. Jan is a founder member of Kaleider.


Nicola Thomas

Nicola Thomas developed her interest in historical and cultural geography during her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford. She pursued this through an MA in Cultural Geography (Research) at Royal Holloway, University of London before returning to the University of Oxford to develop her doctoral research. Nicola was appointed as Research Associate on the ESRC funded project ‘South Asian Transnationality and Commodity Culture’ in 2001, based at Royal Holloway, University of London working with Prof Peter Jackson, Prof Phil Crang and Dr Claire Dwyer.

She joined Exeter University as a Lecturer in Human Geography in September 2002. During her time at Exeter Nicola has gained research council funding from the British Academy and the AHRC. She is was co- investigator (2007-2010) on a large AHRC-funded research project entitled Negotiating the Cultural Politics and Poetics of Identity within the Creative Industries of South West Britain. Her recent funding includes an AHRC Connected Communities projects, AHRC Early Career Grant titled ‘Situating Craft Guilds in the Creative Economy: Histories, Politics and Practices’. Recent work includes the design of a digital biorgaphy app using the research around the life of Mary Curzon, working with Software developers at Bow Software under and AHRC REACT and HEIF Open Innovation Platform grant.

Nicola has served for many years on the RGS-IBG research groups and has represented the RGS-IBG research groups on the RGS-IBG Research Committee. She has ben Chair of the RGS-IBG Historical Geography Research Group and committee member of Women and Geography Study Group.


Stuart Robb

Stuart’s career encompasses a varied and accomplished career as an acclaimed actor, writer, producer and highly-successful entrepreneur.  Stuart trained as a classical actor for three years at the world’s leading drama school, LAMDA.  He then launched a successful career, achieving five-star national press reviews in London and Edinburgh with plays he wrote and performed in, including a one-man show.  In addition, he also successfully produced a series of plays at a variety of London OWE and Edinburgh venues.

After several years in theatre, Stuart relocated to Exeter where he launched Marketing Source in 2006; a data and technology company which now employs over 100 staff. Marketing Source boasts such clients as Santander, Oracle, Facebook and many of the FTSE 250. In January 2017, Stuart sold his business to Equiniti Group, a FTSE company, making him one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. He continues to perform the role of CEO at Equiniti and the company has grown a further 25 percent since its acquisition and has launched a Cyber-security division.

Since joining Kaleider’s board, Stuart has begun executive-producing documentaries and some pilot TV productions. He has also started the charity ‘Janta Bi’ (sunshine) to help small and remote villages in the Gambia get access to light, food, water, transport and technology.


Professor Tim Lenton

Tim is an Earth system scientist – someone who studies our planet and all the life on it as a single, remarkable, self-regulating system. Reading Jim Lovelock’s books on Gaia ignited his passion for research, whilst he was a Natural Sciences undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. This led him into a PhD (University of East Anglia, 1998) on what controls the cycling of nutrients in the ocean and what keeps the oxygen content of the atmosphere breathable (but not too inflammatory).

Tim’s first proper job was at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, where he started modelling climate change and the Earth’s carbon cycle. From there he returned to UEA where he worked on identifying the tipping points in the climate system. He joined the University of Exeter in 2011, as a Professor of Climate Change and Earth System Science. Tim has written about the extraordinary history of our planet, with his friend Andrew Watson, in ‘Revolutions that made the Earth’ (OUP, 2011).

He also teaches a Massive Open Online Course on Climate Change. He joined Kaleider because he believes we need extraordinary creativity to find our way out of the fossil fuel age, and into a flourishing future together.


Peter Vanderford


Seth Honnor