We're very pleased to introduce our newest trustee, Justin Davin Smith! Read on to find out more about Justin, in his own words.
It is a great honour to be asked to be a trustee for such an admirable, sustainable and relevant grass roots project such as WAPS. Its fate, the way that I discovered the store, and such a perfect example of serendipity, that I know it can only be a positive and enjoyable journey for all of us. I wear two hats. Not literally! I’m first and foremost an artist, and I used to pay the rent by working as a grant and project adviser for Goldsmiths University. (Basically writing grants to those with the money so that we could fund our projects – yes it is a job!)
Anyway, as my art practice involves, well, rubbish and its reuse, I was merrily searching the web for likely projects that I would be interested in, when lo and behold WAPS appeared on my screen, and not only was that interesting – they were also looking for a fundraising trustee, and get this one with grant writing experience - you couldn’t make it up!
So, that’s how we started the beginning of a beautiful friendship that I hope will be fruitful and professional and also fun and full of hope for a better and brighter future for the project and all of the staff and volunteers that make it such a positive thing.
(If you’re interested my work can be seen at www.justindavinsmith.com with more rubbish being recreated at my studio on a daily basis!)