Samantha Blackburn

Director at No Label Arts Community Interest Company

SSE Fellow

Samantha has been involved in arts development in the UK since 2003, having started her arts career in Vancouver, Canada over twenty five years ago, working for Music West Festival and the Arts Umbrella visual and performing arts school for children and young people on Granville Island, Canada.

Samantha has worked in local authority arts management for Blackpool, Leeds and Preston Councils and in community development for a housing association and a national charity. Working in partnership with Disability Equality North West, Artfull, Salvere, UCLan and a host of other supporting partner organisations, Samantha was involved in delivering three disability arts festivals in Lancashire in 2009, 2012 and 2014.

She has a BA (2:1) in Business Studies from the University of Central Lancashire and a MA (Distinction) in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University. This year, Samantha is proud to have been selected as a student with the North West School of Social Entrepreneurs programme which is supported by Lloyds Bank and the Big Lottery Fund.

David Johnson

Director at No Label Arts Community Interest Company

David is our resident expert in music technology and learned his DJ´ing skills at Henshaw´s College and Beaumont College in Lancashire. Since 2009, David has been performing DJ sets in the North West of England at a wide range of festivals and events including Young Da Da Fest at the Bluecoats venue in Liverpool in 2014. For more information regarding how to book David for your event, please visit his DJ´ing website at:

Julia Swarbrick

Director at No Label Arts Community Interest Company

Julia is a visual artist primarily working as a painter-printmaker and holds a BA honours in `Art in a Social Context´ from the University of the West of England; . As a practising artist, Julia incorporates the fields of Fine Art, Performance and Public engagement, regularly engaging in group participatory settings.

Prior to 2009, Julia worked for over a decade with housing associations and charitable organisations, primarily in homelessness prevention and resident involvement. Julia gained CIH membership in 2002 along with a National Certificate in Tenant Participation. Up until 2010, Julia was a Director for the Morecambe based charity Signposts which specialised in work with socially excluded groups and operated across Lancashire and Cumbria.

Julia is an experienced workshop leader, with a twelve year track record of delivering training and awareness sessions to a diverse range of groups in a variety of contexts including the over 50´s, Children and Young People, Lancashire Constabulary, Social Services, Offenders, Housing Officers, Tenants, Veterans, Educators, Disability groups and the wider public.

Julia is currently developing a mobile printmaking service, promoting printmaking, creativity and the benefits of hands-on practice to audiences who would not otherwise have access to this art form. She is currently artist-in-residence at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery drawing inspiration from its collections and promoting enthusiasm for the handmade print. For more information, see: