Alistair Burtenshaw, Director, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village

Alistair Burtenshaw is former Chair of both Arvon, the UK’s Creative writing charity and of the Booktrust and is the former Director of The London Book Fair.  He was also the former Director of Charleston in East Sussex (2013 – 2017), the former home of Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.  During this time, Alistair led a significant development in the Trust’s renowned Charleston Festival and Small Wonder short story festival, as well as being instrumental in the foundation of the new Charleston-to-Charleston Literary Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, its Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize, most recently awarded to Professor Stephen Hawking, and Charleston Lifetime’s Excellence Award in Short Fiction.

In 2017 Alistair was appointed the Director of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Compton, Surrey, the former home of renowned artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and his equally celebrated wife, the designer and ceramicist, Mary Watts (1849-1938).  

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Director, V&A East

Dr Casely-Hayford joined the V&A as Director of V&A East in March 2020. He is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture, having presented a number of series for Sky, BBC radio and television and other channels. Formerly Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, (Britain’s major Art’s funder) and Ex-Director of the Institute of International Contemporary Art, he has offered leadership to both large and medium scale organizations including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He has served on the boards of many cultural institutions, including the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Gus has lectured widely on culture, including periods at Sotheby’s Institute, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, City University, University of Westminster and SOAS. He has advised national and international bodies on heritage and culture including the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils. In 2005 he deployed these leadership, curatorial, fundraising, communications skills to organize the biggest celebration of Africa Britain has ever hosted when more than 150 organizations put on over 1000 exhibitions and events. Gus gained a PhD from SOAS and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship. He is a Cultural Fellow of King’s College London.

 

Dr Esther Chadwick

Dr Esther Chadwick, Lecturer in Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Dr Esther Chadwick is a specialist in eighteenth-century British art, with a focus on printmaking. She studied Art History at the University of Cambridge and completed her doctorate at Yale University in 2016. Before joining the Courtauld, she was a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.

Dr Chadwick’s research addresses the role of art in the age of revolutions, the materiality and agency of printed images, the visual culture of transatlantic slavery, and the construction of race. She is interested in the global contexts of British art and is currently working on the cultural connections between Britain and Haiti in the years after the Haitian Revolution. In 2014, she co-curated Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain with Meredith Gamer and Cyra Levenson at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. At the British Museum in 2018, she curated A revolutionary legacy: Haiti and Toussaint Louverture. Esther is currently working on a book that examines the formative role of printmaking in the work of British artists, entitled The Radical Print: Art and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain.

Prof Richard Clay, Professor of Digital Cultures, University of Newcastle

 

 

Although Richard’s publications range across a wide array of subjects, they all tend to examine aspects of contested meaning making in public space. He often explores how changing technologies offer new opportunities to recode the meaning and value of the spaces that we share: from iconoclasm in revolutionary Paris, to graffiti’s use in armed conflicts past and present; from contemporary jewellery as wearable art, to watercolour’s role in the Birmingham Blitz.

Over the years, Richard has led a range of major cross-disciplinary and cross-sector projects funded by the EU and by the AHRC. He has also written and presented seven 60-minute documentary films for BBC 4: Tearing Up History; A Brief History of Graffiti; Utopia: in Search of the Dream (parts, 1, 2, 3); How to Go Viral: The Art of the Meme; C21st Century Mythologies. He also wrote and presented the BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Two Minutes to Midnight’.

Prof Craig Clunas, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, University of Oxford

Prof Craig Clunas retired in 2018 from the chair of art history at Oxford, where he was the first scholar of Asian art to head the department. He has taught at Sussex University, and SOAS University of London, as well as working in the Victoria and Albert Museum as a curator of Chinese art. He has held numerous visiting appointments and awards, and is the author of a large number of books and articles on Chinese art, most recently Chinese Painting and Its Audiences, based on his Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC in 2012. In 2014 he was co-curator of the major British Museum exhibition ‘Ming: 50 Years that Changed China’. His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and his next work The Echo Chamber: Transnational Chinese Painting 1897-1935 will be published in Beijing in 2021.

Stephen Feeke, Art Historian

Stephen Feeke is an independent writer and curator. Alongside a number of freelance projects, he is currently a PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art researching the early bronzes of Barbara Hepworth. He was previously a Director at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, where he curated a programme of modern and contemporary art for the Gallery, the sixty-acre Sculpture Park and elsewhere, including “Caro at Chatsworth” and “Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill”. Prior to Roche Court, Stephen was Curator of Exhibitions at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds where he was involved in all aspects of exhibition making and project management and where he did much to expand the geographical reach of the Institute’s programme. Stephen contributes regularly to The Museums Journal and an interview with the artist Ann-Marie James (commissioned by Wessex Museums) has just been published by Ridinghouse / Karsten Schubert. 

 

Thomas Groves

Thomas Groves, Head of Art Histories, City & Guilds of London Art School

Thomas Groves is an educator, writer and artist. He is the Head of the Art Histories Department at City & Guilds of London Art School and course leader of the MA in Art & Material Histories. He is the academic and education advisor at Block 336, a south London-based artist run gallery and project space, and regularly collaborates with creatives on a range of projects.

Nicola Kalinksy, Director, The Barber Institute for Fine Arts

Nicola joined the Barber as its sixth director in 2013, moving from her role as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Nicola played a key role in that museum’s acclaimed £17.6 million transformation. Responsible for a new approach to interpretation and the delivery of the first 17 exhibitions, she was also the Portrait Gallery’s 18th-century specialist.

After reading History and English at Cambridge, Nicola studied for her MA at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art. She began her curatorial career as Keeper of Dulwich Picture Gallery, producing major shows on Charles Lebrun and Thomas Gainsborough. She then joined UCL as Curator of the College Art Collections, where she organised the refurbishment of the Strang Print Room and initiated a public exhibition programme.

At the Barber, Nicola has re-emphasised developing the collection, making important new acquisitions. Several ‘firsts’ include a painting by a living artist and examples of abstract modernist sculpture, as well as one of the earliest known caricatures.  During her directorship, the Barber achieved, pre-Covid, its highest ever attendance figures, with visitors enjoying the refreshed permanent collection and an innovative scholarly exhibition programme, ranging from interventions by contemporary artists to research-based historical shows.

Dr James Legard, Architectural Historian and Heritage Consultant at Simpson & Brown

Dr James Legard is an architectural historian and heritage consultant at Simpson & Brown, one of the UK’s leading conservation architecture practices. He studied history at Oxford and architectural history at York, where he was a doctoral fellow of the Humanities Research Centre and winner of the Nuttgens Prize. Subsequently, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and worked as a curatorial assistant and researcher at the National Gallery, London. Since joining Simpson & Brown, he has been involved in conservation planning for nationally important historic sites across the UK, ranging in date from the early medieval to the modern. His first love and main specialism, however, remains British Baroque architecture and visual culture, the focus of his doctoral thesis and his recent publications.

Tim Mills, Contemporary Art Curator, The Box

Tim Mills is a Curator of Contemporary Art at The Box, Plymouth.  He has previously worked at Magnum Photos in New York, the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, and The Atlantic Project; a pilot for an international festival of contemporary art for the South West of England. He holds an MA with distinction in Photography from the University of Plymouth, and a BA with first class honours in Photography from the Falmouth College of Art. Since 2014 he has held an Associate Lecturer position in the school of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Plymouth.

 

Prof Dorothy Price, Professor of History of Art, University of Bristol, Editor of Art History Journal

Dr Dorothy Price is Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol, editor of Art History, the journal of the Association for Art History, UK. She is widely published in the areas of British art and German modernism through the lens of race, sexuality, gender and with a particular focus on artists who identify as women. Books include Representing Berlin: Sexuality and the City in Imperial and Weimar Germany 2003, Women the Arts and Globalization: Eccentric Experience (co-edited with Marsha Meskimmon) 2013, After Dada: Marta Hegemann and the Cologne Avant-Garde 2013 and Chantal Joffe: Personal Feeling is the Main Thing, which she also co-curated as an exhibition with Joffe for The Lowry, Salford in 2018. Her most recent collaboration with the British painter was Chantal Joffe: For Esme – with Love and Squalor co-curated for Arnolfini Arts in Bristol in 2020. Price contributes internationally to exhibitions of German modernism including the Neue Galerie, New York, the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Tate, London and many others. She is currently finalising a special issue of Art History journal co-edited with Venice Biennale 2022 British Pavilion artist, Professor Sonia Boyce RA OBE, curating a show on German Expressionist women artists for the Royal Academy of Arts, London, has written for the forthcoming Freedlands Award exhibition catalogue for Veronica Ryan, is a consultant for New Walk Gallery Leicester and serves as a Trustee of Spike Island, Bristol,  on the Academic Advisory Board and Exhibitions Committee of the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and the steering committee for the Tate/Paul Mellon Centre British Art Network (BAN).

Kavita Puri, journalist, radio broadcaster & author

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.   

Phil Rushworth, Independent Producer and Co-Director of Flock South West CIC. Photo credit: www.greenbeanzphotography.com

Phil Rushworth is a contemporary art producer based in Plymouth, UK, with a particular focus on rural audiences and contexts. She enjoys work that brings people together to share interesting ideas with time-based media, participation and conviviality.For the past 10 years she has produced a variety of projects across Cornwall and Devon, including The Penzance Convention and several editions of The Cornwall Workshop for CAST and the community focused It’s All About the River film festival for the River Tamar Project in 2014. Her curated projects include devising the Confluence art programme for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in 2013 and co-directing 24hr Comic etc. in 2011.
Most recently, from 2015-2018, she worked as producer for the development of the Atlantic Project, a pilot for a biennial style festival for the South West. Phil is a founding director of Flock South West CIC, a new contemporary art production agency.
Phil has worked with a range of local and international artists, including Thompson and Craighead, Uriel Orlow, Nilbar Gures and Tommy Støckel.

Dr Luke Skrebowski, Lecturer in Contemporary Art, University of Manchester

Dr Luke Skrebowski is Lecturer in Contemporary Art at the University of Manchester. He is co-author, with John Jacob, of Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen (2018) and co-editor of Aesthetics and Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2011). His work has appeared in journals including AmodernArt HistoryArt MarginsGrey RoomManifesta JournalTate Papers and Third Text and he has written catalogue essays for the Tate’s ‘Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-79’ (2016), the Generali Foundation’s 25 year anniversary show ‘Amazing! Clever! Linguistic! An Adventure in Conceptual Art’ (2013).  Luke co-curated the exhibitions “Plastic Words” (2014-15) at Raven Row and “Counter-Production” (2012) at the Generali Foundation. His current research explores two areas: the exhaustion of Institutional Critique and the ecological turn by contemporary artists; the relationship between art and literature after conceptual art, particularly between postconceptual art and the novel

Sarah Victoria Turner, Deputy Director for Research, Paul Mellon Centre

Sarah is an art historian, curator, writer and educator. As Deputy Director for Research, she is responsible for leading and developing the Paul Mellon Centre’s research programme, which consists of a broad range of events, projects, collaborations and publications. Her aim is to share the work and resources of the Paul Mellon Centre as widely as possible. She was named one of Apollo magazine’s “40 Under 40” in the European art world, and in 2018 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sarah is the founding co-editor of British Art Studies, an award-winning, open-access journal launched in 2015. She has co-curated and contributed to numerous exhibitions in the UK and the United States, including The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London with Mark Hallett. She enjoys working on a wide range of subjects and has written about topics as varied as the collection and display of sculpture from South Asia in British museums to the feminist photomontage of the artist Linder. She has taught art history at the University of York and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/about/people/sarah-victoria-turner/

Instagram: @sarahvictoriaturner

 

The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury

Robert Willis was installed as Dean of Canterbury in July 2001.  He was educated at Warwick University, Worcester College, Oxford and Cuddesdon College, Oxford before serving in Shrewsbury, Salisbury, Tisbury and Sherborne from 1972 to 1992.  In 1992 he was appointed as Dean of Hereford where he served for nine years.  For sixteen years he was Chairman of the Deans of England.  He is the Patron of various charitable organisations and is a Knight of the Order of St John whose charitable work organises St John Ambulance.  He is a Freeman of the City of Canterbury and is also one of the Queen’s Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Kent.  He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Yale University and Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Kent.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.  For his work across the world in promoting understanding between nations he was awarded the Cross of St Augustine in 2012.  He is a keen musician and is known as a writer of lyrics, carols, hymns and verses.

Alice Workman, Senior Director, Cultural Centres Europe, Hauser & Wirth

Alice joined Hauser & Wirth in 2011, to manage the conversion of Durslade Farm and develop the concept for the new Somerset gallery. Since opening Hauser & Wirth Somerset in 2014, Alice has overseen all activity; exhibitions, events, education and the residency programmes. Since March 2019, she has managed the development of Hauser & Wirth Menorca, a multipurpose arts center planned to open in 2021, on Isla del Rey in the port of Mahon. She also works closely with Chillida Leku, a museum comprising a sculpture park and exhibition space inside a converted traditional Basque country house dating from the sixteenth century, located on the outskirts of San Sebastián in Spain.

Prior to joining Hauser & Wirth, Alice was the Head of Exhibitions for Southampton City Art Gallery and the City’s Museums (2009 – 2011), before this she was a Director at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury (2001 – 2009). She has worked on numerous exhibitions with many artists over the years, including Anthony Caro, Jenny Holzer, Richard Long, Bridget Riley, Howard Hodgkin and Phyllida Barlow amongst others. Alice has a BA Honours in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts and received an MA from the University of Southampton in Museums & Galleries; Culture, Collections and Communications.