Brighton’s learning disability-led arts charity Carousel has further strengthened its Board of Trustees with the appointment of two new members.

Robbie Powell, learning disabled presenter and occasional stand-up comedian. Robbie has been involved with several Carousel projects over the years and is a regular at the Blue Camel Club – the biggest club night for learning disabled people in the City.

“Being a trustee is really good fun” says Robbie. “I get to meet new people to help Carousel by giving them ideas of what they could do extra. The other trustees are friendly and really nice to be around which makes it so worthwhile.”

Also new to the Board is Jane Dickson is Education Development Manager at Artswork, the Southampton based charity that enables children and young people to find their voice through arts and culture.

Jane and Robbie join long-standing Board members Diane Chandler, Claire Offley, Fran Reynolds, Derek Swindells, Pauline Wild, Jolene Wild and Sarah Watson, Chair.

The Carousel Board is a great example of the organisation’s ethos, having several learning disabled people at this important level. It has been chaired by artist Sarah Watson for seven years. “Being chair is a brilliant thing to do. I shouldn’t admit it but I like keeping everyone in check and knowing what’s going on.” Sarah has her first solo exhibition at Artists Open Houses in May.

Other key dates in the Carousel calendar are the annual Rock House Festival at the Green Door Store on 27 July and the international exhibition at Artists Open Houses in May, 23-26 October at The Old Market,

To find out more about Carousel and how it supports learning disabled artists go to