Gemma Lloyd, Founder, Owner and Creative Producer
My love of the arts was fostered through seven years at art school which included studying for a degree in Ceramics at Camberwell Art School. Combining my interests in art, film and television, I studied for an MA at Kingston University in Film and Television Design. After working in the film industry for a couple of years, in 1999 I founded act up. I have always passionately advocated for the arts to be open and accessible for everyone. act up’s working ethos has and will always be focused on enabling the many. By extension, this has been my long-standing vision for the other businesses I co-own and collaborate with.
I have connected with key charities such as Barnardos and St. Mungo’s working with them on a range of projects. I have collaborated with drama schools since 2005 to develop outreach programmes and support aspiring actors. My extensive experience in the arts and creative industries has seen me work in many roles; as a producer, casting agent and formerly as an acting agent of a successful boutique agency for over five years. I am at my best when I am working on many projects and multitasking.
Alongside act up, I co-founded and co-run Love Art and Meet & Make. Love Art is a perfectly formed gift shop and gallery in Tooting Market that hosts art classes for children and adults. Meet & Make is a social enterprise hosting workshops and meet-ups in creative spaces for the community in Tooting. In 2020, Meet & Make organised ‘A big fun day out, stays in’ to connect with the wider community. When I’m not pushing for the arts to be more accessible to everyone you can find me pushing a tyre around at Crossfit or attempting couch to 5k run. I have a flair for jewellery making, drawing and creating prints in my spare time. I enjoy meeting up with friends and also escaping for long walks with my partner and two brilliant children.