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engage 37: Time and Place: Hosting and commissioning artists

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engage 37: Time and Place: Hosting and commissioning artists
Pages 149-154
Editor: Barbara Dougan
Spring 2016
Published by engage, London

Richard Beales
Richard Beales is a Strategic Manager for Surrey, East & West Sussex, Brighton & Hove at Artswork and a Trustee of Fabrica.

Laura Carderera
Laura oversees the Victoria & Albert Museum’s (V&A) residency programme. Before joining the V&A, Laura worked as a Projects & Partnerships Manager at Delfina Foundation, where she developed thematic residencies for UK and international artists and curators around salient issues in contemporary art. Prior to moving to London in 2012, Laura set up a contemporary art production company in Istanbul and also worked at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, where she oversaw their educational and public programmes for four years. Laura holds an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University.

Deborah Dean
Deborah Dean is the Visual Arts Collections & Exhibitions Manager for Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, based at Nottingham Castle. Her role, with the support of her team, includes overall responsibility for exhibitions, commissioning artists and for the city’scollectionsofFineArt, DecorativeArt, CostumeandTextilesandtheNewsteadAbbeycollection. Shehasbeenatthe castle since 2007 and is currently leading on the re-display of the art collections as part of the castle's major transformation project.

Prior to this she was Director of Angel Row Gallery Nottingham (1998-2007), during which time she also worked for the City Council on the development of Nottingham Contemporary (2003-2007). She was Manager of Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum (1990-1998) and a board member of Beacon Art Project from 2007-2015. She is currently on the Steering Group of Contemporary Visual Arts, East Midlands Visual Arts.

Shân Edwards
Since 2009, Shân Edwards has been Director and CEO of Celf o Gwmpas, a socially engaged multi-platform arts and access organisation operating across the large rural Mid Wales county of Powys. She is currently Chair of Powys Arts and a key contributor to Creative Powys, a six-year strategic programme of support and intervention for the arts and creative industries in the region. Shân was recently appointed a National Adviser to the Arts Council of Wales with specialisms in equality and diversity, visual arts, cross art form collaborations and arts and sustainability.

A Fine Art graduate of UWE Bristol, Shân’s early career included roles at Camden Arts Centre and with touring theatre company Complicite in London.

Abi Goodman
Abi Goodman has worked for many years as an artist within the voluntary and community development sector. She has developed a key interest in the politics associated with community engagement, which she has explored through participatory art and book arts. Further information can be found at http://abigoodman.com

Pippa Joiner
Pippa Joiner is the Arts and Heritage Development Co-ordinator atRichmond Arts Service in West London, based at Orleans House Gallery. She is part of the senior management team and her role focusses on the strategic development and sustainability of the Arts Service and carries a wide range of responsibilities including fundraising, leading on improvement planning, education programming, project development and managing the public art database.

Sally Lai
Sally Lai is an independent curator, consultant and Co-Founder of Feral Studio (a Community Interest Company set up to look at rural challenges through art, technology and agriculture). She has been has been initiating residency programmes since 2001. Between November 2013 and August 2015 she coordinated CCANW’s Soil Culture residencies.

Victoria Mayes
Victoria Mayes has worked as both artist and educator building up a wealth of skills and experience relevant to the arts sector. Having worked alongside a mix of creative and inspiring individuals, she has developed a broad understanding of audience needs, project development and management with particular focus on engaging young people, early years and families. Having initiated, and led, a range of successful large-scale projects, Victoria feels passionate about the role arts can play in opening up creative dialogue and personal discovery.

Victoria currently works as Head of Learning at MK Gallery supported by a dedicated team of learning staff and an expanded group of Associate Artists. In her role as co-chair of the MK Creative Learning Network Victoria works closely with other arts based organisations within Milton Keynes. For the past year Victoria has volunteered alongside regional education colleagues as one of four South East Area Representatives for engage. She completed the Extend Leadership Programme in March 2015 and received a Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education in November 2015. Facing a period of immense organisational change Victoria is currently working with MK Gallery’s Learning Team to expand the programme, test new delivery approaches and nurture a future audience alongside the gallery’s capital expansion and site redevelopment.

Marie-Anne McQuay and Bec Fearon
Marie-Anne McQuay joined Bluecoat as Head of Programme in November 2015. She works across Bluecoat's visual art, literature, live art, dance and music programme strands. Previously she was curator at Spike Island (2007-14) working on new commissions with Laure Prouvost, Cevdet Erek, Melissa Gordon, Elizabeth Price and Cezary Bodzianowski.

Prior to Spike Island Marie-Anne worked at FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), between 2011-2005, developing context-based commissions with artists that include Kristin Lucas, Stephen Willats, Superflex and Dias & Riedweg before undertaking a Masters in Curating at Goldsmiths College (2005-6). She maintains an independent practice as a writer and is a visiting lecturer on a number of Fine Art and Curating courses, including Liverpool John Moores University and Reading University.

Bec Fearon whistled before she walked, an early indication of musical leanings, which led her to study a BMus Hons at the University of Surrey. This led to a career in arts education, initially for the London Festival Orchestra and then the RC Sherriff Rosebriars Trust, an arts development organisation in Surrey. In 2004 Bec moved to Liverpool to work at Bluecoat, a contemporary arts centre with an innovative approach to participatory practice. As Head of Participation Bec developed several ground-breaking programmes including the celebrated Blue Room project for adults with learning disabilities and the ART Valley programme of community arts development. In 2014 Bec took up the new role of Head of Engagement at Bluecoat and is enjoying the challenge of maximising the combined impact of front of house, marketing and participation on Bluecoat’s existing and potential audiences.

Sarah Pace, Sally Davies and Rabab Ghazoul
Sarah Pace is a freelance curator and co-founder of not-for-profit arts organisation Addo www.addocreative.com, which specialises in developing and curating contemporary art projects in the public realm. From September 2013 - August 2015, Sarah was the Project Manager for Mining Josef Herman and the Archives and Access partnership with Tate on behalf of the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru www.josefhermanfoundation.org.

Sally Davies is Curator: Learning Outreach (Archives and Access) in the Digital Learning team at Tate. She is responsible for overseeing the Archives and Access Learning and Outreach programme in collaboration with five partner organisations across the UK.

Rabab Ghazoul is a visual artist whose work explores our negotiations of the political – the nuance of private and public affiliation and the relationship of wider (political) frameworks upon the personal, and the daily. Working both within and beyond conventional contemporary art settings, there is always some element of engagement within her practice. Utilising a variety of media (including video, installation, text, performance, conversation, interventions and encounters) Rabab raises questions to herself and others around what words such as ‘community’, 'democracy', 'together' or ‘belonging’ could mean. Born in Mosul, Iraq, she has lived and worked in Cardiff, Wales, since 1993 www.rababghazoul.com.

Bojana Panevska and Sepake Angiama
Bojana Panevska is an artist, researcher and writer based between Amsterdam and New York. Since 2009, she’s been developing the TransArtists education and workshop programme. TransArtists is a leading web resource for artist-in-residence places worldwide. In 2013, it merged into a larger organisation DutchCulture, Centre for International Cooperation. www.transartists.orgwww.dutchculture.nl

For the past twelve years she has been working on the interdisciplinary project entitled 12 steps towards enlightenment and segments from it have been exhibited and published internationally. She graduated from the Audio-Visual department at Gerrit Rietveld Academy and later received a Masters in Fine Art from the Sandberg Institute.

Sepake Angiama is an educator and curator whose interest lies within discursive practices, critical education practices and the ‘social framework’. What does it mean to engage with contemporary art? How do our encounters with art and artists shape or form our perspective on the world? These are some of the questions that preoccupy Sepake’s approach to developing programmes for the public.

Sarah Plumb
Sarah Plumb is a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, and Critical Friend of Open House. She is interested in the role of the contemporary gallery as mediator and her research explores the dynamic and changing relationships between art, artist, curator, educator and community, with the aim of presenting the potential social effects of this dialogue. Sarah has over ten years’ experience as an educator working in museums and galleries, with specialist experience of working with marginalised groups. She has previously worked at Modern Art Oxford, Compton Verney, MAC (Birmingham) and The New Art Gallery, Walsall. She continues to support the sector through her role as an Area Representative for engage.

Deborah Riding, Stephanie Straine, Steven Hyland, Michaela Swan, Amica Dall, Mathew Leung
Deborah Riding is Programme Manager: Children and Young People at Tate Liverpool. 

Stephanie Straine is a Curator at Tate Liverpool

Steven Hyland and Michaela Swan are members of Tate Collective (formally Young Tate), a fluid peer-led group of young people aged 15-25 formed in 1994 who collaborate, programme and produce within the gallery.

Amica Dall and Matthew Leung are members of Assemble, a collective of eighteen members based in London, which works across the fields of art, architecture and design. Assemblewon the Turner Prize in 2015 after being nominated for its work with residents in a run-down area of Liverpool. The group’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champions a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the ongoing realisation of the work.

Susan Rowe Harrison
Susan Rowe Harrison is an artist and freelance educator who has led workshops in museum and learning settings in New York City, Toronto, London, and Westchester, NY. She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from New York University and UC Berkeley, respectively. She exhibits her work internationally and lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY. For more information: www.lunule.com.

Anthony Schrag and Alexia Mellor 
Dr Anthony Schrag is a freelance artist and researcher. His work is site-responsive and context-led, and he views the processes of collaborative engagement as the core value of the work, rather than the production of art objects. Employing strategies of ‘play’ and physical methodologies as integral ways of developing new knowledge, he is interested in developing collective narratives in which groups or individuals ask important and difficult questions about their lives. Key to this work is an analysis of institutional applications of ‘socially engaged’ practices and how/what organisations assume participatory practices can achieve, including a critique of cultural policy and ‘institutional intent.’

Alexia Mellor is a PhD Researcher at Newcastle University and an interdisciplinary artist who uses playful and participatory strategies to investigate local responses to global issues. She asks questions around how we understand our sense of place in an increasingly globalized and digitally mediated landscape, and how appropriating aspects of ‘global’ culture might be repurposed to shed new light on the ‘local’. Her investigations include subverting aspects of global capitalist culture to new ends, the impact of new technologies upon how we conceptualise place and our roles in it, and how complex ‘wicked problems’ might be addressed at the local level.

Manjinder Sidhu
Manjinder Sidhu is a socially engaged artist working with ‘The Everyday’ and pays sensitive attention to the human experience. Working in relation to the changing world, she collaborates with people, materials and spaces. Current projects include Art into Life (Tate Modern and SLaM NHS Trust) and Seniors Art School (CPG Café Gallery London) . As part of the evolving Journeys of Appreciation Programme, Manjinder led ward-based workshops involving inpatients and staff at The Maudsley Hospital.

Elaine Speight
Elaine Speight is a research associate at the University of Central Lancashire where she co-curates the In Certain Places project. As a curator, artist and educator, she has undertaken work for organisations including Liverpool Biennial and Creative Partnerships and taught Arts Management and Urban Renewal at Birkbeck, University of London. She has recently contributed a chapter to the forthcoming publication: The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion, edited by Cameron Cartiere and Martin Zebracki, published by Routledge.

Miranda Stearn
Miranda Stearn is Head of Learning at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.


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