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

Kaleider’s Team


Seth Honnor

Seth is the Founder and Artistic Director at Kaleider.

Prior to setting up Kaleider Seth was founding Director of Theatre Bristol from 2004 – 2010. From 1998 – 2006 he worked as Performer/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).

He was Chair of Bristol based production company MAYK, who produce the performance festival Mayfest, from 2015-18. He was on the Steering Board for REACT (Research in Enterprise, Arts and Creative Technology) from 2012-16, latterly chairing it.

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. She hosts the studio space, builds and bridges the network, supports collaborations and project produces.  It is a constant endeavour to bring together people of different backgrounds and diversify the influences at work in our processes.

Jocelyn brings 15 years experience of working in the arts and education in the UK, Canada and Spain.  Favourite gigs include mentoring emerging producers in Vancouver’s thriving game and film landscape, being in wardrobe with Cirque du Soleil, and working in local engagement for Fuel. 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 the Arts Club Theatre. Jocelyn is also trained in costume construction and teaching, and loves to travel and to eat.


Josie Spencer

Josie is Producer at Kaleider. She will be producing Kaleider’s productions and any work the company commissions, with a particular focus on distribution to reach new audiences. Her aim is to support the company and Residents to make work of extraordinary quality.

In 2017 Josie completed an MA in Curating at UWE whilst working with Situations as her mentor organisation for the duration of the course. Before embarking on post-graduate studies Josie was based in Plymouth where she assisted in the setting up of Plymouth School of Creative Arts. Later at Plymouth College of Art, she took on a key role in delivering several events including two editions of the international conference Making Futures (2015 and 2017) plus associated public exhibitions Acts of Making, 2015 and Kanghyo Lee in Performance, 2017.


Daina Heaton

Daina is Studio Assistant at Kaleider. She provides administrative support to the Kaleider Team and assists in the smooth running of Kaleider Studios. Daina’s studies began in Art and Design, and she later continued her studies in Global Development and Sustainability which led her to work in Uganda. During her time in Uganda, she founded the community-based fashion-design platform Fabric of Life worked on a range of creative and skill building projects with youth Hip-Hop movements, and coordinated the In Place of War Creative and Social Entrepreneurship Programme with emerging artists. Daina was also a Business, Job Creation and Entrepreneurship Fellow for the African Union, European Union Youth Plug-In Initiative, advocating for the power the arts has in creating meaningful employment and positive social impact.


Charlie Tapp

Charlie is Kaleider’s Producer for the South West Creative Technology Network. Charlie has been working across the arts for 10 years, most recently as a freelance Arts Producer and Associate Producer for Bristol Old Vic. Prior to this she was Executive Director & Deputy CEO for The Bike Shed Theatre and Creative Learning Manager for Milton Keynes Theatre. With an MA in Directing from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Charlie likes to work creatively, and most enjoys supporting people to realise ambitious ideas.


Andy Wood

Andy is Kaleider’s Creative Technologist working on the South West Creative Technology Network two days a week.

As a Kaleider Resident Andy worked with Mercurial Wrestler to create software for the Buoyed and Forever Me installations, and with All Seeing Eye on the VR for Our Dancing Shadows.  Beyond Kaleider Andy is a freelance software developer, working on a small number of contracts and personal projects. He specialises in web technology and its integration with other software and hardware and has worked in a number of business areas: from interactive TV and insurance, to energy efficiency and realtime meeting software.  He’s a regular attendee of Tech Exeter community events and the Met Office’s Space Apps hackathon.  He has a keen interest in design, storytelling and gameplay especially when applied to sustainable economic, educational or environmental themes.


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 by CEO 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 was a founding Director 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.

Bee Watson

Bee is a paper flower artist with a design studio, Wild Hive, in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. She makes beautiful botanical creations from studies of deconstructed flowers. Each petal is cut and shaped by hand from high grade crepe paper and assembled to create realistic blooms.

Prior to starting Wild Hive, Bee worked as a theatre designer. She is a trained Bookkeeper.


Catherine Cartwright

Catherine is an Observer on the Kaleider Board as a representative for our Resident community,

Catherine is a multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily with printmaking, drawing and film, often exploring socio-political issues. She has just completed a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of West of England, where she was researching the interface of printmaking and animation.

Catherine exhibits regionally and internationally; currently in the Animation & Printing exhibition at New York’s Center for the Book, and, the Greenhill Open, Moretonhamstead (prize awarded). in 2017 she was awarded a commission for NOSE 2017 – where she created a short animation with students from Ellen Tinkham College, and she was a visiting artist at Australian National University in March 2017. She is a contributor to international printmaking journal “Printmaking Today”. A director with Double Elephant Print Workshop, and, associate artist with Dreadnought South West.


Peter Vanderford and Seth Honnor also hold Director positions on the Board.