Irene Aristizábal is BALTIC’s Head of Curatorial and Public Practice since 2019. She oversees the exhibitions and public programmes and has recently curated exhibitions by Ad Minoliti, Abel Rodríguez and Judy Chicago. She is co-curator (with Hammad Nasar) of British Art Show 9 (2021–23), the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK, organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring. BAS9 will travel to Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth.
Prior to BALTIC, Irene worked as Head of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary (2013–9), where she curated exhibitions and commissioned projects by Lis Rhodes, Pia Camil, Steffani Jemison, Otobong Nkanga, Simon Starling, Michael Beutler, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Sun Ra, Rana Hamadeh, Danai Anesiadou, Danh Võ, Carol Rama and Asco. Recent group exhibitions include Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender Resistance (2018–9), States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era (2017), and Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas (2015). She was curator at the FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkirk in 2010–1, and was the recipient of the H+F Curatorial Grant (2010). Prior to that she co-directed the not-for-profit space Bétonsalon in Paris (2005–6). She has also curated exhibitions at the Fundació Miró, Barcelona; Maison Rouge, Paris; Form Content, London and the Museum of Health Sciences, Bogota.
Irene is a member of the Advisory Board of La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre in Noisy-le-Sec, France.
Sarah Bardwell is the Executive Director of Britten-Pears Arts a pioneering music, arts and heritage charity based on the Suffolk coast. It encompasses a broad music programme including the Aldeburgh Festival, a world-class concert hall, initiatives focused on creative health, artist training and development, a unique and extensive archive, and the house where Britten lived with his partner Peter Pears which includes an eclectic and fascinating collection of objects, visual art and everyday ephemera.
Previously Sarah was the CEO of the Britten-Pears Foundation and before that Director of Handel House Museum, now Handel & Hendrix. During her eleven-year tenure she led the organisation through a major £4m capital project to secure a long lease for the property, and ran a £2m HLF-supported building project. A music graduate, she has also worked at the Royal Albert Hall, English National Opera and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Sarah is Co-Chair of Suffolk Artlink and a trustee of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation and the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation.
Dr Katy Barrett is Deputy Curator of Art and Head of Interpretation at the Houses of Parliament. She was previously Curator of Art Collections at the Science Museum, London and Curator of Art, pre-1800, at Royal Museums Greenwich, and has held various posts at the Whipple Museum for the History of Science in Cambridge, the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the National Gallery, London. She has higher degrees in History of Art and History of Science, and is active on social media as @SpoonsonTrays.
Andrew Ellis has been Director of Art UK since 2003. He has responsibility for the management and strategic direction of the organisation and plays a major role in fundraising for the charity. He was instrumental in transforming the organisation from being a publisher of hardcopy catalogues of oil paintings in public ownership to being the digital platform for the nation’s art collection. Developing partnerships has been a major focus for him including successful collaborations with the BBC, Oxford University Press, the Paul Mellon Centre, the Guardian and most recently Bloomberg Philanthropies. He sits on the AHRC’s Towards a National Collection Steering Committee and until recently was a Trustee of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Previously he worked at investment bank Robert Fleming, subsequently part of JP Morgan Chase, in London and Tokyo. In the distant past he read Economics at the University of Cambridge.
Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, London, 1987–2002 and Director of the British Museum, 2002–2015. Between 2015 and June 2018 he was one of the founding directors of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. He is an honorary advisor to the Trustees of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum in Mumbai, and Special Consultant to the Collections Sharing Programme sponsored by the Getty Trust. In 2021 he held the Chaire du Louvre at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He has presented a number of BBC television and radio series, and is the author of: A History of the World in 100 objects (2010), Shakespeare’s Restless World (2012), Germany: memories of a nation (2014), Living with the Gods: On beliefs and peoples (2018), and À monde nouveau, nouveaux musées: les musées, les monuments et la communauté réinventée (2021).
Hetain Patel is a London based artist. His live performances, films, sculptures, and photographs have been shown worldwide in galleries, theatres, and on iconic public screens including Piccadilly Circus, London and Times Square, New York. His works have been presented at the Venice Biennale, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Tate Modern, London to Sadler’s Wells, where he is a New Wave Associate.
His work exploring identity and freedom, using choreography, text and popular culture appears in multiple formats and media, intended to reach the widest possible audience. His video and performance work online have been watched over 50 million times, which includes his TED talk of 2013 titled, ‘Who Am I? Think Again’.
Patel is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, is a Patron of QUAD, Derby, and a trustee of the Liverpool Biennial. He is the winner of the Film London Jarman Award, 2019, Kino Der Kunst Festival’s Best International Film 2020, and has been selected to participate in British Art Show 9, 2021/22. In 2021 Patel received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artist Award, declined a British Empire Medal and was a judge on Sky Arts television series, Landmark.
Dr Richard Martin joined Whitechapel Gallery in April 2021 as The Daskalopoulos Director of Education and Public Programmes. He oversees a programme of public talks, workshops, screenings, festivals, performances, residencies and commissions for all ages, including events for families, schools and teachers, young people and local communities. He was previously Curator, Public Programmes at Tate (2016-2021), where he developed more than 150 public events at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and where he was the lead curator of the annual Tate Intensive programme for international culture professionals. His curatorial practice is supported by more than a decade’s experience teaching at King’s College London, Middlesex University and Birkbeck, University of London. Since 2016, he has been a tutor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture. Richard regularly writes on art, film and architecture, and is the author of The Architecture of David Lynch (Bloomsbury, 2014). He completed his PhD in Cultural Studies at the London Consortium, a multi-disciplinary programme partnering Birkbeck with the Architectural Association, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Science Museum and Tate.
Victoria Pomery took up the post of Chief Executive Officer with The Box on 4 October 2021. Previous to this role, she was Director of Turner Contemporary for 19 years and for the gallery’s first 10 years of operation. She oversaw the capital project which delivered the recognisable David Chipperfield building on Margate seafront. She was awarded an OBE for her services to the arts in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Kent in 2020. She has led an internationally renowned programme of exhibitions and commissions which have gained high profile press coverage, establishing a creative and exciting reputation for her venues.
Kavita Puri is an award-winning BBC journalist, radio broadcaster and author. She presents The Inquiry on the BBC World Service, and Three Pounds in my Pocket, which is currently on its fourth series on Radio 4, about the social and political history of British South Asians. Her critically-acclaimed book “Partition Voices: Untold British Stories,” was based on her Radio 4 series which won the Royal Historical Society’s Radio and Podcast prize, and its overall Public History Prize. Kavita is also an executive producer of documentaries in TV Current Affairs. She is currently working on a Panorama special programme. Kavita worked for many years on Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Andrea Rose CMG OBE was Director of Visual Arts and Strategic Programmes at the British Council from 1994-2014. During this period she was responsible for Britain’s representation at Venice Biennale, commissioning and curating exhibitions by Leon Kossoff, Rachel Whiteread, Gary Hume, Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Steve McQueen, Mark Wallinger, Jeremy Deller and Sarah Lucas among others.
As Curator of the British Council Collection, she produced a number of catalogues of the Collection and organised its digitisation. As Exhibition Curator (1980-1990) she negotiated, and organised, the major series ‘Masters of British Painting’ in partnership with the Museé du Louvre. This series ushered in a new appreciation in France of many of Britain’s historic painters, from Gainsborough in 1981, Turner in 1983, Joshua Reynolds in 1985, Joseph Wright of Derby in 1990, culminating in John Constable in 2002 (which she invited Lucian Freud to select).
As Exhibition Curator at the British Council, she organised the first-ever international museum exhibition for Lucian Freud, touring to the USA, France and Germany in 1987-88. She was also responsible for creating new networks for British art overseas, particularly in China and Japan, Russia, India, and the Middle East. In 2013, she signed the first cultural agreement between the UK and North Korea.
Formerly Keeper of Prints and Drawings at Birmingham City Art Gallery, from 1975-1980, she catalogued the museum’s collection of drawings by D.G Rosetti, John Millais and Edward Burne-Jones, as well as the City’s collection of watercolours and drawings from the J. Leslie Wright Bequest.
She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Burlington Magazine, a Trustee of Pallant House Gallery and the Koestler Trust, and Deputy Chair of the Royal Drawing School. She was formerly the UK representative to the UK Commission of UNESCO, Governor of University of the Art, London, Advisor to the National Gallery on Contemporary Art and Advisor to the Science Museum on Russian space history.
Andrea has written widely on British art. She has just completed the Catalogue Raisonné of Leon Kossoff (Sept. 2021, Modern Art Press). Other publications include:
The Art and Mind of Victorian England: Catalogue of the Forbes Collection (University of Minnesota Press, 1974)
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti (University of Chicago, 1976)
The Pre-Raphaelites (Phaidon, 1976)
The Germ (ed): the Literary Magazine of the Pre-Raphaelites (Ashmolean Museum , Oxford and Birmingham City Art Gallery, 1979)
Watercolours and Drawings from the J. Leslie Wright Bequest, Birmingham City Art Gallery, 1980
Pre-Raphaelite Portraits (Oxford Illustrated Press, 1981)
Lucian Freud (Smithsonian Museum, USA, 1987)
Francis Bacon: Portraits (Hatje Cantz, Germany, 2001)
Tracey Emin ‘ Borrowed Light’ (British Council, 2007)
Anish Kapoor (Government of India), 2010
Gagarin in Britain, British Council, 2011
Leon Kossoff: ‘London Landscapes’ (Annely Juda Fine Art, 2013)
‘Above the Line’: Art and Life in North Korea (British Council, 2014)
She has also written extensively on British art for magazines and journals, among them the London Magazine, Artscribe, and the Burlington Magazine.
Dr Tilly Scantlebury‘s doctoral thesis is titled ‘Being Together with Others: Queer American Art and the Family 1990-2020’, focussing on photographer Catherine Opie, graphic novelist A.K. Summers, and abstract sculptor Harry Dodge. Having taught on MA and BA courses, and worked as a teaching assistant at Art History Link-Up for A-Level students, Tilly is now an educator at The Courtauld Institute of Art, delivering workshops to young people. Tilly is excited by the way that art helps us make sense of and reimagine the world in which we live.
Jonathan Watkins has led Ikon for over 20 years, joining the gallery in 1999. Previously he worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995).
He has curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998), Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art (Hayward Gallery, London 2001), Quotidiana (Castello di Rivoli, Turin 1999, Tate Triennial (2003), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007), Negotiations (Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010) and the Guangzhou Triennial (2012). He was on the curatorial team for Europarte (Venice Biennale, 1997), Milano Europa 2000, (Palazzo di Triennale, Milan 2000), and Riwaq (Palestinian Biennial 2007). He curated the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2013 and Floating World, Bahrain in 2017. In 2019 Watkins was the curator of Small Between the Stars, Large Against the Sky, the 9th Manif d’art Quebec City Biennial.
Jonathan Watkins has written extensively on contemporary art. Essays have focused on the work of Giuseppe Penone, Martin Creed, Semyon Faibisovich, Yang Zhenzhong, Noguchi Rika, Oliver Beer, Beat Streuli and Cornelia Parker. He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.
Jonathan Watkins has served on numerous committees and boards, most recently for the Imperial War Museum (2011 – 2016), Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee (2011 – 2013) and 14-18 Now: First World War Centenary Cultural Programme (2013 – 2017). He won the 1992 Prudential Award for the Visual Arts, UK and in 2013 was nominated as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2019 he won the Inaugural Ampersand Award to realise the exhibition of his dreams (Carlo Crivelli, 2022).
Dr Stephen H Whiteman’s research and teaching focus on the visual and spatial cultures of early modern China in their global contexts. He is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Research Degrees Programme at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and Honorary Associate in Art History at The University of Sydney. Other areas of interest include modern art in East and Southeast Asia and digital methods in art and architectural history, and he is currently leading projects in each: Site and Space in Southeast Asia, a collaborative research program exploring the intersections of art, architecture, and urban space supported by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative; and X-Sheds: An Interactive Art History of Experience, which explores the multi-faceted nature of subject experience of the environment through deep modelling of historic spaces and the use immersive interfaces. His most recent books include Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe (University of Washington Press, 2020), Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, 1945–1990 (Power/National Gallery Singapore, 2018), and Landscape and Authority in the Early Modern World, which is forthcoming as part of Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture (UPenn).
Dr Zoé Whitley is Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London’s East End. A leading non-profit space founded by artists, Chisenhale produces and commissions new works of art with emerging British and international artists. . Previous exhibitions to her credit include Frieze London’s special themed section, Possessions (2020), co-curating Elijah Pierce’s America at the Barnes Foundation (2020), the British Pavilion presentation of Cathy Wilkes at the Venice Biennale (2019) and co-curating the award-winning international touring exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. She writes widely on contemporary artists and 20th century designers, including children’s books on Frank Bowling and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. She collaborated with Sharna Jackson on the Thames & Hudson book for young readers, Black Artists Shaping the World.