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About Us

Since 2008 Vortex Creates has been sprinkling creative design magic across the events and arts sector.

Led by dynamic duo Nicola Richardson and Marianne Taviner, Vortex is a specialist in transforming spaces, creating large-scale costumes and igniting the imagination of audiences.


EVERY EVENT IS DIFFERENT, AND SO ARE WE.

Nothing fazes Vortex. We’re ambitious and bold, always ready to greet a challenge with some Vortex magic and a smile. We can work on full production or in collaboration with other professionals from initial concept through to design and realisation or anywhere in between.

A LITTLE VORTEX MAGIC GOES A LONG, LONG WAY.

Vortex magic is our secret weapon. It enables us to turn a client’s dream into a shimmering reality. Our favourite colour is sparkles and our second favourite is glitter – this shines through not only in our work but also how we operate at every step as an organisation.

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO AND OUR CLIENTS DO, TOO.

We love creating picture perfect moments and transforming a moment in the life of participants. Our artistic output is brimming with joy and creativity, always meeting our own expectations and exceeding those of the client.


Meet the Team

NICOLA RICHARDSON, FOUNDER

Nicola has over two decades of experience working as a Creative Professional across the arts, education and business sectors.

As an artist Nicola has been commissioned to produce pieces across the UK for galleries, theatres and a number of outdoor and site-specific installations. Her creative outlook and playful style are transferred to her work in education developing sustainable methods to improve engagement and motivation in schools, and to her work in business where she acts as a strategic facilitator with a focus on organisational development.

Nicola’s vast understanding of both the artistic and business world provides her with a unique outlook and ability to see the entire picture when collaborating with clients and peers on Vortex projects.

Nicola is Chair of Artspace, a charity dedicated to supporting and developing visual arts in Coventry.

Nicola Richardson

MARIANNE TAVINER, FOUNDER

Marianne is a design-led event creative with over 20 years of diverse experience in the industry across a number of arts and entertainment settings. Marianne’s flair for creating inspiring detail-orientated concepts that effortlessly communicate the client’s values combined with her skill for being the master of planning always make the perfect blend for a successful and striking end result.

Alongside being Creative Director of Vortex, Marianne applies her distinctive artistic approach as a wedding stylist transforming spaces into joyful visual spectacles to make that big day picture perfect.

Marianne is a Trustee of Feeding Coventry, a small charity with a big ambition to create a food resilience city in Coventry where nobody goes hungry.

Marianne Taviner

DAN JACQUES, GENERAL MANAGER

Dan is an experienced arts manager joining Vortex after six years at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). An organisational whizz covering all aspects of operations, Dan loves the arts and playing his behind-the-scenes role in making brilliant work happen.

Dan Jacques

Our Talent

MEET THE TALENT POOL TEAM

The Vortex trio are supported by an extensive talent pool of vibrant professionals who all share the same creative passion. From scenic painters and set builders to performers and event crew, we create the perfect bespoke team tailored to every project. With expertise you can trust, our talent pool is essential to sprinkling Vortex magic across our creations.

“Warwick Arts Centre has worked with Vortex Creates on many occasions over many years. They are great at responding to a brief with flair and integrity – and within budget. I am always impressed with their ability to come up with things that are fit for purpose, even with tight deadlines and sometimes in tricky circumstances!”
–Julia Carruthers (Programme Director), Warwick Arts Centre

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