Christian Topman

Christian is a Co-founder and Director of The Arts Barge Project. He runs The Arts Barge Collective of musicians and runs bands of different genres for hiring out to events. Christian is a bass player and teacher both privately and in York schools. Working across a spectrum of styles and genres he develops and delivers intergenerational community music workshops and performances. Christian also manages the financial side of the project.



Hannah West

Hannah is a Co-founder and Director, an Art Therapist and a landscape painter. Her clinical background is in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Art Therapy in Schools. She is interested in how arts help people, communities and societies and is currently developing The Arts Barge CAT – Creative Arts Therapies service, currently working with Adoptive families. Hannah also manages the fund-raising side of the project.


Marcia Mackey

Marcia is aCo-founder and Director, her background is in social care and she’s keen to promote social inclusion within the project. She’s also an amateur bass player. Marcia is on the Arts Barge advisory board organises fundraising events.