Development Team



PeaceBugle and its associated projects are being developed by ARTS UK, a specialist arts development consultancy run by Steve Chettle.

In parallel a Trust is being formed to take over and carry out the project objectives. It will be registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee and will apply for charitable status to support and assist the project.

PeaceBugle is supported by two other arts professionals, Peter Mortimer and Janet Ross. Peter and Janet have extensive and high quality careers working in the arts in the north of England and elsewhere in the UK.

Our background is:

Steve Chettle

Trained as a Fine Artist at Portsmouth Polytechnic and was a founder member of Art Space Portsmouth and the ASPEX Gallery. Moving to Newcastle in 1983 he was Development Director at Northern Print, Visual Arts Officer at Cleveland Arts and Public Art Officer for Cumbria County Council before going freelance in 1995. He established ARTS UK in 2000, of which he is Director.

He has been involved in a wide range of arts work including commissioning new music as part of oneplace at Tatton Park, and has experience of long term projects such as Andy Goldsworthy - Sheepfolds, Writing on the Wall and Crawick Multiverse, with Charles Jencks, as well as many public art commissions and projects for clients in the public, private and voluntary sector.

Janet Ross

Initially working for what was then Northern Arts, Janet moved to the Laing Art Gallery before becoming freelance in 1994. She currently heads up the arts charity Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) programme, organising a series of residencies and associated talks, exhibitions and events for both the arts and local community. Her work has also involved her with a range of organisations, including Helix Arts, The Bowes Museum, ARTS UK, English Heritage and University of Northumbria.

Her most recent project has been to organize a series of Art-Walking events and exhibitions in Northumberland in association with Art Circuit Touring Exhibitions and Sunderland University's W.A.L.K research centre. She has also been involved in public art commissions and many workshops across the northern region.

Peter Mortimer

A playwright, poet, travel-writer, editor and theatre director who lives in Cullercoats, North Tyneside. HeĀ is the founder editor of IRON Press, artistic director of Cloud Nine Theatre Productions and the founder of the charity Shatila Theatre Trust which works creatively with young people from Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp in Beirut, Lebanon.

He has published more than a dozen books and more than two dozen of his stage plays have been produced. These include Off The Wall, a play written about commercial development on Hadrian's Wall, which was walked and performed the wall's length. His World War One Play Death at Dawn has won several awards and was revived in 2016.