StudioBook 2017: Speakers

Mark Devereux Projects is delighted to confirm the following speakers for the StudioBook 2017 programme.

Kitty Anderson
Curator, The Common Guild

Kitty Anderson is Curator of The Common Guild, Glasgow. She was previously Associate Director of The Modern Institute, Glasgow, and Associate Curator of Frieze Projects, London. Kitty has an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and she is currently a Mentor on the MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at The Glasgow School of Art. Kitty is on the board of Stills, Edinburgh, and part of the advisory panel for Berwick Visual Arts. She has contributed to a number of international publications and events and is a regular visiting lecturer on the MFA and MLitt programmes at The Glasgow School of Art.

Catharine Braithwaite

Catharine Braithwaite 
Arts marketing and communications consultant

Catharine Braithwaite is a cultural communicator, working across the UK, mainly in the visual arts and museums sector. She has worked with institutions such as Tate, The Southbank Centre, Arts Council Collection, The Whitworth Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield as well as major events such as Liverpool Biennial, Manchester International Festival and Liverpoolʼs year as European Capital of Culture. She has been Associate Lecturer in marketing at The School of Museums Studies, University of Leicester since 2002 where she teaches on the MA. She is on the committee for the national Cultural Comms conference which takes place annually in London. She is a Trustee of HOME Manchester.

Eleanor Clayton
Curator, The Hepworth

Eleanor Clayton is Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield. She previously worked as Assistant Curator: Exhibitions and Displays at Tate Liverpool, and Assistant Curator: Public Programmes at Tate Britain, following research posts with the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. As a freelance writer on contemporary art, Clayton’s reviews have appeared in Frieze, Art Monthly and The Burlington. She is the editor and contributor of the forthcoming book, Howard Hodgkin: Painting India (Lund Humphries, 2017).

Mariele Neudecker

In her work, Mariele Neudecker (b.1965 Germany, lives / works in Bristol, UK) explores the overlaps between two and three dimensional, and analogue and digital, using a broad range of media including sculpture, film, photography and sound. Her practice investigates perceptions of the natural world and the sublime, often employing technology to reproduce a heightened experience of landscape in her work.

In her work, Neudecker often uses technology’s virtual capabilities in order to reproduce a heightened experience of landscape, thus addressing the subjective and mediated condition of any first hand encounter. She has worked with scientists and engineers and their methods and research. For her, technology both enables and limits our perception and experience of the worlds we inhabit.

Solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Tate St Ives and Tate Britain, Kunstmuseum Trondheim, Norway, Zeppelin Museum, Germany and she has shown widely in international group exhibitions; Neudecker is currently finishing a public art commission at Guy’s Hospital, London. Other upcoming projects for 2017 are OCEAN IMAGINARIES at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, “Air – Visualizing the Invisible in British Art 1768 – 2017”, RWA, Bristol and “Weather-Report, of Weather Culture and Climate Science”, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany and a solo exhibition at the Pharos Arts Foundation, Cyprus, Greece.

Neudecker is Professor and Research Fellow at Bath Spa University, Fellow for CERN’s Visiting Artists Program and is on the EC’s JRC SciArt panel. She is represented by Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, and also works with Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne.

Carl Davies
Cinematographer and video maker

Carl Davies is a North West-based cinematographer and video maker. He holds a BA in Media Production and works at the crossroads between video, artists and art/cultural organisations. As a cinematographer, he has realized a number of film and video art projects, ranging from narrative to documentary to experimental. Carl has worked with Liverpool Biennial, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Manchester Camerarta Orchestra, Everyman Theatre, Opera North, Sony Computer Entertainment and many others.

Alex Hodby
Independent consultant and advisor

Alex Hodby has worked with art and artists throughout her career. She has worked as a curator for over 15 years, including at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as an arts administrator in Manchester and as a studio director in Newcastle upon Tyne. She currently teaches about curating on a course delivered at Tate Modern, in collaboration with Kings College, London. She is working on an AHRC CDA PhD project with Tate Modern and Goldsmiths Department of Politics about New Institutionalism, Public Programming and democracy. Alex is also a trustee of Quarantine, a theatre company based in Manchester.

Susan Jones
Arts consultancy and research | Richard Padwick and Susan Jones

Susan Jones is a visual arts consultant and researcher with specialist knowledge of artists’ livelihoods and professional development strategies and the value of the artist-led within the arts ecology who is currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester School of Art addressing the interrelationship between arts policy and artists’ livelihood practices. She is a mentor and adviser to artists and artist-led organisations and contributor to artists’ development programmes and conferences. Recent published writing includes Residencies: Practices and Paradoxes (TransArtists), Are the Creative Industries good for artists? and Enforcement or equanimity: sustaining fair pay for artists.

Kate Jesson
Curator, Manchester Art Gallery

Kate Jesson is Curator at Manchester Art Gallery. Kate has curated numerous major exhibitions including Ryan Gander ‘Review / re-view’ (2014), and Pat Flynn, ‘Half-Life of a Miracle’ (2015). She recently co-curated ‘Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers’ with Martin Parr. Kate is a board member of Castlefield Gallery.

Jules Lister
Photographer and videographer

Jules Lister gained an MA in Contemporary Fine Art Practice from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2002. His interest in DSLR cameras and photography grew through his role as Media Producer at Axisweb – a visual arts charity based in Wakefield. Jules started documenting exhibitions and art events on a freelance-basis in 2014 and quickly built up a large client-base including established art institutions such as Site Gallery in Sheffield, The Tetley in Leeds and The Hepworth in Wakefield, as well as smaller artist-led spaces such as Two Queens in Leicester and Bloc Projects in Sheffield. He also works with artists on a one-to-one basis, documenting their work in their studios; previous clients include Yelena Popova and Ernest Edmonds. Jules has recently expanded his photography expertise into portraiture, product and lifestyle shoots.

Frances Lord
Arts consultant, mentor and producer

Frances Lord is a freelancer based in Sussex who works with artists and arts partners initiating, developing and managing cross discipline collaborative projects. She is a visual arts and crafts specialist who has worked with architects, developers, environmental agencies, local government and other partners commissioning artists for public realm and site-specific projects. Frances mentors artists working in all disciplines and is particularly interested in helping artists with an applied arts background to develop their work in new directions.

Bren O’Callaghan
Visual Art Programme Manager, HOME

Bren O’Callaghan is Visual Art Programme Manager at HOME and has an independent practice as a producer, curator and artist. His own work explores collaboration, creative compulsion and the championing of ‘outsider’ enthusiasm. Projects range from the popular Sketch-O-Matic almost instant portrait booth, Scratch ’n Sniff Cinema series, BFI binaural broadcast Carnival of Souls and UK Producer for Peaches Christ Productions’ immersive cinema presentations. Bren has produced artist films for Jamie Shovlin, AL and AL, James Richards, Rachel Maclean and La John Joseph. He has most recently curated AL and AL’s Incidents of Travel in the Universe, Cockadoodle: The Erogenous Art of Maurice Vellekoop, and Rachel Maclean: Wot u 🙂 about? (selected to represent Scotland at the 57th Venice Biennale), and as curatorial adviser for the group exhibition La Movida, curated by Sarah Perks.  He is currently developing an exhibition presentation with Canadian film director and artist Bruce LaBruce, and over 2017-18 will be curating and producing all new work with London-based artist John Walter for the touring exhibition Capsid, commissioned by The Wellcome Trust.

David Ogle
Artist, represented by Mark Devereux Projects

David Ogle (b.1987) graduated from Lancaster University with a 1st class BA in Fine Art History and Practice in 2009, and an MA with a Distinction in Contemporary Arts Research in 2012. He is currently undertaking an AHRC funded doctoral research project at The University of Liverpool in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) maintaining his studio practice alongside academic work.

David Ogle’s work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe, with notable solo exhibitions and commissions including: ‘Lumen’ (York St. John University, York, UK – Illuminating York), ‘In Another Light’ (Croft Castle, Herefordshire, UK – The National Trust) and ‘Subterranean: Sculpture Shock’ (The Vaults, London – The Royal British Society of Sculptors).

Bo Olawoye
Independent Engagement Curator & Consultant

Bo Olawoye has worked as a Engagement Curator and Consultant for contemporary visual arts venues for over 15 years in Nottingham and the UK.  Her approach to engagement always has a strong focus on “creative collaboration” empowering people through art to explore social and political issues that affect their daily lives.

Bo has worked for The Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Contemporary, Tate Modern London, Backlit Gallery/Artists Studio and New Art Exchange.

Bo also works as freelancer, given talks and chaired discussions nationally about her approach and practice. Recent independent projects include “Pathways” – Nottingham’s first black history mural and co-curated, “Moving Diversity Forward” (Threshold Studios)- a series of public talks in unexpected places, exploring the chronic lack of diversity within the arts, culture and higher education.

Most recently, she was appointed as the Creative Engagement Manager for Threshold Studios “Creative Media for Social Change” – a UK-based media arts producers and educators who work nationally and internationally. In this newly created role she will develop, a new community-led engagement programme that can genuinely change people’s lives.

Ann Bukantas

Ann Bukantas
Head of Fine Art, National Museums Liverpool

Ann Bukantas has been Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool since 2002, with responsibility for the management of the art collection and the art curators at the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House. She also curates some of the modern and contemporary art exhibitions for the Walker and projects have included exhibitions by Ben Johnson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Henri Matisse and David Hockney.She was a juror for the John Moores 23 (2004) and John Moores 24 (2006) Painting Prizes, and since 2004 has edited the John Moores exhibition catalogues.

Nathaniel Pitt
Director, Division of Labour & PITT projects

Nathaniel Pitt, (1975) born in Wordsley, Black Country, lives and works in London and Worcester UK. Trained as an artist at Falmouth School of Art 1997 and MFA from Wolverhampton University 2009. Pitt is an curator and gallerist, he is the director of Division of Labour and PITT projects. Shortlisted and selected as a contributor on the inaugural De Appel Gallerist programme, he has developed an international profile for his gallery, with past presentations in Belgium, Rotterdam, NY, Dallas, Venice, Hong Kong and Basel and future presentations in Miami and LA and Lithuania. Curatorial projects have included artists; Robert Barry, Brian O’Dohrety, Victor Burgin, Gavin Wade and Cornford & Cross amongst many others. |

Katie Popperwell
Freelance arts & culture consultant and programmer

Katie Popperwell is a freelance arts and culture consultant and programmer based in Manchester. She has directed and produced public programmes for a range of clients including Selfridges, The University of Manchester and HOME, and regularly chairs events across the city. Katie acts as Cultural Director of Manchester’s new St John’s neighbourhood for the developer Allied London, providing additional arts and culture consultancy on projects across the Spinningfields business district and London Road Fire Station, including the annual Spinningfields Art Commission in association with Castlefield Gallery Agency. She is responsible for leading on strategic cultural partnerships, and devising projects and initiatives that engage with the arts sector and the wider creative industries. A former journalist, Katie still occasionally presents the music news on BBC 6Music Radio and has written for publications including The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and Creative Times. She holds a Masters Degree in Critical and Cultural Theory.

Emma Price

Emma Price
Co-Director, Studio Response

Emma M Price has been working in commissioning public art for over 15 years throughout the UK. Emma is co-founder and director of Studio Response, an independent curating and commissioning agency based in Cardiff. They work on the inception and brokering of commissions with exceptional artists, architects, designers and communities to transform public spaces. Emma is a passionate advocate of socially engaged art in the public realm and the evolving appreciation of art and creativity being part of the everyday experience of all. She is an external advisor for the Arts Council of Wales and a board member of igloo Porth Teigr- Community Fund and the The Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust.

Laura Robertson

Laura Robertson
Freelance art critic and co-founder/editor of The Double Negative

Laura Robertson is a freelance arts critic for national and international art magazines ArtReview, Art Monthly, a-n news, and Frieze. She co-founded The Double Negative magazine with Mike Pinnington in 2011, which is a respected platform of contemporary arts criticism and practice from across the UK. She is the author/editor of two books — On Being Curious: New Critical Writing on Contemporary Art From the North-West of England (2016), and The Designist (2012) – and teaches arts writing and professional practice at various art schools. Laura has curated exhibitions at UK organisations Tate Modern, Victoria Gallery and Museum, Exhibition Research Centre (Liverpool John Moores University) and at Bau (Centre Universitari de Disseny, Barcelona). She is trustee of The Royal Standard Gallery & Studios and the Artist Teacher Association.

Lindsay Ann Taylor
Art Curator, University of Salford

As Art Curator at the University of Salford, Lindsay is responsible for the strategic development of the University Art Collection including brokering key partnerships with art organisations and increasing the cultural profile of the University.

Lindsay has expertise in curating exhibitions and developing public collections of contemporary art, particularly in areas currently under represented such as installation and digital art. She continues to contribute to national debate about contemporary collections including presenting at Collections as Conversations, Edinburgh University (2016), London Art Fair (2015), Digital Aesthetic, University of Central Lancashire, (2012), Museums Association (2010) and writing a chapter for New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences, edited by Prof Beryl Graham (Ashgate 2014).

At the University of Salford she has co-commissioned work for the collection by artists including Cao Fei, Rachel Maclean and Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson and has co-curated exhibitions at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and The Lowry. Forthcoming projects include exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery and Salford Museum and Art Gallery and a collaboration with CFCCA and Manchester International Festival.  She works closely with colleagues in the School of Arts and Media to embed opportunities for learning, research and public engagement.

Previously she has held positions at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery. She is a trustee of IOU, Halifax and the Peter Scott Gallery Trust at Lancaster University.

Sophie Lee

Sophie Lee

Sophie Lee is an artist living in Manchester, represented by Mark Devereux Projects. Lee has worked on a number of Arts Council funded projects including the Freehaus art school with Culture Action Llandudno, and the widely acclaimed OutsiderXchanges in partnership with Venture Arts, Castlefield Gallery and BALTIC.

Alongside her art practice she delivers workshops and talks with galleries and universities. Having been awarded Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding in 2016 for her project ‘Make Place’, Lee continues to engage with her research in to house and home and our relationship to place. She is now working in response to the social history collection at Salford Museum and Gallery.

George Whalley
Director of Finance, HOME

George Whalley is the Director of Finance at HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books. He joined HOME in June 2015 having previously spent 5 years working at The University of Manchester in a variety of Finance roles. Whilst at the University George was involved in establishing the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the largest school of the arts at any University.

George qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2008 whilst working at Deloitte. His clients there varied from TV stations to landfill site operators via clothing designers and solicitors.

At HOME George manages the Finance function, the contemporary art book distribution company (Cornerhouse Publications) and Shop. His expertise in finance now extends to cultural sector tax reliefs, the complexities of charity VAT and financial reporting.

Joanne Karcheva
Marketing and Communications Manager, Liverpool Biennial

Joanne Karcheva is Marketing and Communications Manager at Liverpool Biennial. Joanne is passionate about connecting audiences with art through effective marketing and communications campaigns. She graduated with a BA in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). Prior to the Biennial, she worked with various not-for-profit organisations and artists including Chester Performs, Sefton CVS, The Gallery Liverpool and artist Laurence Payot.

Lesley Taker

Lesley Taker
Producer / Curator, FACT, Liverpool

Lesley Taker is a Liverpool-based arts producer, curator and writer. She is particularly interested in the ways in which technology is changing contemporary art practice and discourse, and in artworks which deal with fluid identities, shifting truths, or unstable narratives. She is Producer / Curator at FACT, where she works with both emergent and established international artists across exhibitions, events and residencies. Here she has developed new work and presentations with artists such as Shona Illingworth; Cecile B. Evans; Ryoichi Kurokawa; and Morehshin Allahyari.

She is currently developing a major group show for FACT which delves into the political potential of gaming and the darker side of play.

Kerry Harker

Kerry Harker

Independent Curator and Postgraduate Researcher, University of Leeds

Kerry Harker is an independent curator, and postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds. She was Co-founder and Director of Project Space Leeds from 2006-2015, during which time she co-founded The Tetley, where she was Artistic Director from 2013-2015. Recent curatorial projects include Planet Yorkshire by photographer Peter Mitchell (co-curated with Anne McNeill) at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, in 2016; and Between Stillness and Storm by Aidan Moesby and Tim Shaw, which she is producing for venues on the summer 2017 Northern Festival Network, starting with Bluedot at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, in July.

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