Who We Are

The Rumpus Room studio in Govanhill was started by artists Nadia Rossi & Rachel Walker in 2019 and is led by a core group of artists, organisers and young people.

The studio has a Young Artists Committee and currently around 50 young studio members aged 8-25 yrs.

Rumpus Room works in collaboration with local artists, activists, grassroots projects and organisations and is supported by an advisory board of arts & cultural workers.

Rumpus Room core team work 2 days a week at the studio.

Studio Team

Rachel Walker


Rachel (they/them) is a co-founder of Rumpus Room. They make art and gardens. With a background as an artist, community organiser and play worker, they love to work with young people to facilitate collaborative arts & social action projects. They particularly love to work with young LGBTQI+ people and those who face barriers to accessing mainstream education.

Nadia Rossi


Nadia (she/her) is an artist and co-founder of Rumpus Room. Nadia makes art in collaboration with people and place, using play and performance as tools for social and political reimagining. She is one half of the artist duo Pester & Rossi. Nadia is interested in alternative ways of learning: facilitating shared spaces for experimental collaborations, informal education and collective action. 

Ardis Önnerfors


Ardis (they/them), is a recent Community Development and Youth Work Masters’ graduate who originally got involved with Rumpus Room as a young person, and is now working to support the programme development and the Young Artists Committee. They love facilitating opportunities for people to learn from each other and share with another, often centred around food, textiles, language or plants.

Young Artists Studio Committee – 2022 Cohort

From left to right: Mathilde N’Doye, Zoë Hyatt, Kiki Zheng, Ines Cavaco, Mariam Chaudhry, Arabella Carmona, Julia Darrouy and Deena Khan.

Past Studio Team Members

Camilla Crosta worked with Rumpus on projects that used food as a political tool and a way to bring together and celebrate stories and heritage. She also collaborated with people with lived experiences of migration and displacement.

Emma McIntyre worked with to support Rumpus through COVID and beyond supporting with administration, fundraising, accounting and co-hosted projects: Mutual Playing Ground & Yard School.

Advisory Board

Anthony Shrag, Debi Banerjee, Colin Morrison, Gabby Clunness, Jamie Bolland, Margaret McCormick and Usma Ashraf.