team IMA

Find out more about our friendly team and how they can help you take the next step.

Amit Sharma


Samantha Y Huang

founder & director

Mark Tamer

operations coordinator

Charlotte Callaghan


Damian Rayne


join the IMA community



Samantha Y Hunag

IMA studio was born from Samantha's personal experience as an international art student in London. A self-reflective journey about how to live as an artist after graduation.

Samantha employs her creative lateral thinking and curiosity for HOWS and WHYS into the challenges of her adventure in entrepreneurship.

At IMA: Samantha works to craft her vision of how IMA can serve the arts community and beyond. She is dedicated to translating the working knowledge from all walks of life into a language that the creative mind can read.

Samantha also works with creative individuals who are seeking to understand more about their WHYS and assist them to develop their own personal self-growth roadmap. She says that when working with creative people, "it is not only about delivering practical knowledge and experience, it is also about being able to understand how that particular creative mind works".


Amit Sharma

Driven by his curiosity for what else can be done to best support creative individuals and practicing artists, Amit came on board as the other half of the IMA brain.

By mentoring and working with young people with complex needs for the last 10 years, Amit developed his own patient and empathic way of working with people.

At IMA: Amit assimilates new IMA knowledge and discovers the common threads that form the IMA methodology.

Creative minds dare to dream wild but are fragile at the same time, and Amit employs his experienced approach of empathy and critical analysis to assist others. He specialises in extracting and articulating the abstract creative thinking buried in creative individuals, and helps to unpick thoughts that are tangled in their heads.



Mark Tamer

Mark is an experimental photographer who's artistic practice deconstructs the photographic process to create beguiling and often unexpected outcomes.


With his naturally creative spirit and supportive approach, Mark became a welcome addition to the IMA crew in the summer of 2019.

At IMA: Mark uses his lateral thinking to add another dimension to IMA’s creativity. As a practicing artist, Mark helps maintain the grassroots connection to the artist community and supporting the successful running of IMA.


our guardians

Charlotte Callaghan

As a business advisor and consultant to corporate firms for the past 20 years, Charlotte now uses those skills to support young start-ups as well as continuing her consultancy work.


Her enthusiastic interest in contemporary art has lead her to develop a special working relationship with IMA .

Charlotte combines her professional skillsets and her passion for the arts as a business advisor and mentor to IMA, she especially supports IMA's business development and helps in consolidating strategies, to ensure IMA continues to grow and continue to be creative, without compromising its ethos.

Charlotte also has experience of mentoring young artists and is part of the IMA team as a mentor and guest speaker at IMA events.

Damian Rayne 

As a graduate and practitioner of the arts, Damian speaks the language of artists. And through setting up The Muse he has been able to combine creative and commercial concepts under one roof.


Damian provides his considerable knowledge to help guide the growth of IMA, an organisation that echos the spirit of The Muse; which he set up in response to the lack of solid stepping stones for creatives post-graduation. 


Samantha Y Huang was a former Muse artist-in-residence, where the seeds of IMA were nurtured during her residency in 2016.


In 2018, The Muse became and official London home to IMA. 

A champion for the creative arts and an advocate for grass roots development, over the last 15+ years Damian has worked to support emerging artists and recent graduates.


As founder and director of The Muse Studio | Gallery, Damian has been able to provide zero-cost residency and exhibition opportunities for graduates and emerging artists, proving that an alternative model for sustainability in the arts exists.

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