Elaine was originally a teacher and skills learnt in this role have given her the organisational skills that underpin the planning of the season of exhibitions and artists. She also makes a strong input into the Puppet Theatre and school visits.
John Parkinson originally trained as a theatre designer. His design skills and knowledge of art enable him to give the gallery its unique style. He is responsible for how the gallery has developed creatively.
The Parkinsons' have two children, Holly, who is the Gallery Manager and Ben, a student drummer who is sometimes a performer at the gallery for events and sometimes a waiter.
The name “Upfront” was chosen to reflect a direct and honest organisation and has now become a key part of its identity.