Meet the Team

Art at the Heart was founded by Kamaljit Suman and Mukesh Kumar in 2016.  Alarmed by the rising levels of mental health issues and the numbers of teenagers coming to art and design as a last resort, Kamaljit and Mukesh decided they needed to act. In 25 years in post 16 education, they had witnessed time and time again how arts and cultural education impacted positively on lives, not just in providing a career path, but  in other, more subtle ways, too. Giving people the skills to imagine and then make is an incredibly empowering force. The realisation that this mindset extends to any problem increases the capacity of people to act to improve their lives. 

Grounded in real world practice, with award winning results, Kamaljit and Mukesh set up Art at the Heart to work with communities, employers and schools to embed the arts into everyday life. Arts and culture can play a preventative role against some of society’s challenges assisting with reducing stress, increasing wellbeing and creative problem solving.

We  offer regular undergraduate internships, work experience and volunteering opportunities.

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Kamaljit Suman

Director, Artist Educator

Kamaljit is a strong believer in the power of arts activism. Moving fluidly between digital...

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Mukesh Kumar

Director, Artist Educator, Mentor, Consultant

Mukesh is inspired by the capacity of people. His pioneering work empowered young people...


Angela Furio

Director, Office Manager

In 2018, Angela Furio joined the team to help with managing the office and...

Nirmala Suman Chauhan

Nirmala Suman-Chauhan

Non-executive Director

Nirmala has developed a unique combination of transferrable skills obtained in a number of...

Ruth Joplin

Ruth Joplin

Non-executive Director

Dr. Ruth Joplin, PhD, MA, FHEA, Associate Professor, is a clinical anatomist with extensive expertise in...

Zarine Kumar

Zarine Kumar

Workshop Support

Zarine is an art scholar and provides workshop support in Art Clubs. With ambitions...

Carolyn Hay

Carolyn Hay

Research & Evaluation Consultant

Carolyn has been researching, analysing and reporting on social issues throughout her career having...



My name is Cerys and I have just graduated from the University of Birmingham...


Andria Hadjisavva

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer I am a young and energetic graduate, now looking to start my...


Frankie Rhodes

Research Intern

Hello, my name is Frankie and I am 19 years old. I am originally from Essex...


Saskia Rots

Social Media Intern

Drawing from my experiences as an imaginative and sometimes out-of-place child, I am passionate...

Laura McHale

Lara McHale

Impact Research Intern

Having completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham, I will...

Aine O'Sullivan

Aine O’Sullivan

Research Intern

Jessica Tung

Jessica Tung

Research Intern