Quiet Down There

Quiet Down There is a charity that offers people routes to expressing and developing their own creativity – outside of the traditional structures of the arts. We love working creatively in unexpected places and in new ways. We are ambitious for the communities that we collaborate with and work alongside artists to hone and develop their socially engaged practice.

Meet the team

Meet the team

We love looking at people through the lens of laundry so why not meet our QDT team through their laundry basket. We’ve asked the QDT board to introduce themselves and include a laundry themed image.

  • Lucy Jefferies


    Lucy grew up in Bristol and has lived in Brighton for 15 years. Lucy studied film at Queen Mary University and started her career working for Encounters Short Film Festivals in Bristol. Since then she has worked for local authority arts teams, arts charities and cultural venues.

  • Emily Atkinson

    Project Manager

    Emily studied art, photography and dance at college but then later went to Sussex Uni to do Art History as a mature student. Emily loves working for QDT, is committed to making creativity more accessible for all people and is passionate about ensuring everyone is included in a way that works for them.

  • Esther Springett

    Co-founder and Associate Artist

    Esther is a creative producer, filmmaker and graphic facilitator based in St Leonards-on-Sea. Her work spans socially engaged film, neurodiversity & learning disability advocacy and social activism. She grew up in Manchester and studied Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton University. Esther has led the artistic direction on QDT projects locally and nationally.

  • Stella Sims


    Stella has lived in Brighton for over 20 years and lives in the community around London Road. She has a PhD from the University of Sussex and most recently has worked as a researcher and producer for history TV programmes as well as in production and editorial for digital projects. She is passionate about social history and believes in art and culture for all.

  • Aileen Welch


    Aileen is a Trusts Fundraising Manager for a local children’s charity. Having grown up in Mozambique listening to her mother and grandmother’s stories about their lives and experiences of specific social, cultural and political events, she is particularly interested in the creative and innovative ways QDT use the idea of ‘personal histories’ to involve and inspire diverse communities.

  • Beth Allan


    Beth was born and bred in Brighton and has spent her working life in London as well as Brighton. She has been involved in various different projects for QDT throughout the years. She recently studied radio production at The University of Westminster and has a massive passion for radio documentary and drama.

  • David Flindall


    David is a web developer with over 15 years experience. He has a keen interest in the creative industries, (local) politics and climate issues. To reflect this he has worked with clients such as London Local Authorities Camden and Wandsworth, UK start ups such as Pished Fish and Van Robot, and global culture content creators Notion and Hunger Magazine.

    Image: "Howl's Moving Castle", Studio Ghibli, 2004
  • Victoria Patrick

    Co-founder and Chair

    Victoria moved to London from Canada in 2004 to complete her Master’s degree in theatre practice at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has since developed her arts career within local authorities and creative organisations including Camden Council, the Roundhouse, the Barbican, and the Royal College of Art.

  • Charlie Levine


    Charlie is an independent curator, artistic director, project manager and lecturer working in the West Midlands, London and Mumbai. Levine’s curatorial practice centralises on in/visible networks, working with feminist histories, creating and bringing together communities, and working site responsively and with architecture.

    Image: “Folded Towels” Eleonara Agostini, 2018