About Us

LOOKOUT helps young people unleash their potential, increase self-esteem, and build resilience through high quality creative experiences otherwise unavailable to them.

Through arts experiences, hands-on workshops and mentoring, LOOKOUT provides young people with the opportunity to find what makes them tick and explore what creativity can open up for them, both as a career and as a mindset.

They meet new people, in new environments, and express themselves through creativity, supported by experienced professionals.

The opportunity to be creative should be available to everyone, regardless of their circumstances. 

LOOKOUT is working towards future generations of happier, motivated people inspired by a sense of possibility.

Meet the Team

Louise Blackwell

Co-Director • She/Her


Louise grew up in Crawley, West Sussex and her brilliant drama teacher suggested she apply to Dartington College of Arts in Devon. After three years learning about how to break the rules of traditional performance, she now loves making art that is unconventional, interactive, has many influences and connects with people on an emotional and political level. Louise co-founded and co-ran a producing organisation called Fuel in 2004 until 2017 when she started to focus on supporting everyday creativity in different ways and focussing on a place-based approach.

Charlotte Vivian

Co-Director • She/Her


Charlotte has worked for over 20 years in the arts and with young people. During her early career she worked as a Youth Worker, with a local Brighton Theatre Company and then had a long and varied career at Komedia. She then moved to DV8 College where she spent 5 years as Head of Marketing & Communications. In 2019 she took the leap into freelancing to share her skills and experience with young people. Following 2 years at Big Egg Films she is now Development Director at Komedia Productions as well as being Co-Director of LOOKOUT.

James Barton

Co-Director • He/Him


When James was nine he decided he wanted to play the saxophone because it seemed like it might be a passport to the world for a lad growing up in a tiny village in Nottinghamshire – turns out he was right. He’s studied a Music BA at the University of Sussex, run improv jazz nights, vintage African music club nights, played gigs and staged a painting exhibition. He currently works in education alongside the arts, helping young people succeed; often overcoming social, economic or academic barriers to do so. He’s still proudly tells people he plays the sax.

Ben Lintott

Digital Marketing & Content Coordinator • He/Him


Whilst studying at BHASVIC Ben became a mentee on our pilot programme ‘Are We There Yet?’ where he spent time at Big Egg Films to create something for our first ever showcase. Once concluded, Ben helped us develop our Creative Careers podcast and has since joined us to build identities and marketing assets for The Exchange, The Creative Leadership Programme and LOOKOUT Futures and our social media platforms. He continues to work at Big Egg Films, alongside Louise at Creative Crawley and with Charlotte at Komedia Productions.

Our Board

Myra Appannah

Writer, Director, Immersive Specialist • She/Her


Myra is co-director of playful media company BRiGHTBLACK, creating story-led experiences with immersive technologies. She was creator, writer and creative lead on ‘SOMNAI’, one of the largest immersive tech experiences described by The Guardian as “the trippy VR experience that takes you to dreamland’.

Georgina Harris

Head of Communications • She/Her


Georgina is a marketing and communications professional in the arts sector. She has worked in various arts organisations in Brighton including Komedia, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and, currently, at South East Dance as Joint Head of Communications in Brighton’s new home for dance, The Dance Space.

Erin James

Photographer & Writer • She/Her


Erin James is a published photographer & writer, as well as a spoken word poet, radio host, DJ, and founder of Tough Cookie Mag. She looks to inspire others to speak out on difficult and stigmatized subjects through the medium of art.

Percy Tussamba

Student • He/Him


Percy joined LOOKOUT through The Exchange where he shared his creative skills and worked with internationally acclaimed artists. He is currently undertaking a course in Biomedical Engineering at Queen Mary university in London.