Our current advisors are:
Stephen is Director of External Relations at Central Saint Martins, part of University of the Arts London. He was Director of Careers and Employability at University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest specialist institution for art, design and communications, until 2015, and the founding Programme Manager of Artquest. Stephen originally studied fine art at The Glasgow School of Art, and has exhibited work nationally and internationally and has curated projects in numerous galleries and public spaces in the UK and beyond. From 1995 to 1997 he was Visual Arts and Crafts Officer for London Arts Board (now Arts Council England London office) and from 1997 to 2001 was Commissions Manager for Public Art Commissions Agency and (subsequently) Modus Operandi Art Consultants, commissioning major public art projects internationally. Stephen joined University of the Arts London in 2001 to develop and launch Artquest. From 2005-2009 Stephen was also a Specialist Advisor (Visual Arts) to the Scottish Arts Council and is currently a Trustee of London Print Studio. Stephen is also a Harkness Fellow (the UK’s reciprocal Rhodes Scholarship) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Helen was awarded a Cultural Leadership fellowship in the crafts in 2009 in order to develop ideas about how the crafts are communicated. In 2006 she was co-chair for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery’s conference Carry the Can and is actively involved in developing dialogue within the crafts having developed numerous talks and events for makers over the past six years. She curated the inaugural Craft Rally, held in London in 2010, and the national touring exhibition Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution (2009-2011). Her work is held in both national and international collections.
Teresa Cisneros is a Chicana (Mexican-American) cultural producer. She has worked as a curator, art educator and arts manager, including as curatorial fellow at The Showroom, InIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), Tate Modern, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Nottingham Contemporary and at the Wellcome Collection. With artist Barby Asante, Cisneros initiated sorryyoufeeluncomfortable a collective united by a rejection of the idea that we are living in a post-racial, post-patriarchal, post-heteronormative and post-colonial society, and a desire to challenge and critique these dominant structures. She co-founded the independent curatorial collective agency for agency in 2015, and in 2018 began b. dewitt gallery, a responsive space that works alongside and in conversation with artists whose practice engages with social and political considerations, with cultural producer Ashleigh Barice. Cisneros’ projects and work explore the politics of identity, history and contemporary art practices.
Rona is Professor of Fine Art at University of Northumbria at Newcastle, and an artist working across critically engaged fine art practices. Working in an eclectic and ‘expanded’ manner, combining different media – performance, photography, sculpture and video – with techniques and technologies ‘borrowed’ from a range of other disciplines, Rona operates across gallery and non-gallery settings. Rooted in feminist, performative and conceptual practices, questions of subjectivity and alteriety form continuing concerns with Rona’s work. Born by the sea, a number projects have adopted water as an investigative locus, paralleling a wider set of interests in the fluid / volatile as a philosophical, cultural and material category. She is interested in the ways in which art making might engender dialogue with and amongst different audiences and communities of interest, both specialist and amateur, prompting reflection on existing ways of thinking and doing, while pointing towards new models of relating.
Helen is a curator working on independent and partnership projects across the UK and internationally, currently Artistic Director for Art Night. She is Artist Advisor on Syllabus IV with Wysing Arts Centre, S1 Art Space, iniva, Studio Voltaire, Spike Island and East Side Projects; a Visiting Lecturer at the RCA and a member of the Arts Council Collection’s Acquisitions Committee; and a board member for a-n. Previously she was Curatorial Fellow at Cubitt Gallery from January 2017 – June 2018 and has worked with organisations including Open Source, Creative Time, the Contemporary Art Society and the Arts Council Collection where she organised a series of 8 commissions to celebrate the collection’s 70th anniversary in 2016.
Shelagh is engaged with a diverse range of people and projects around the world on cultural and creative economy policy and sustainable practice. She has worked extensively with government and the public, charitable and private sectors on creativity, social enterprise, investment and innovation agendas and is an associate of the think tank Demos. Her publications include ‘After the Crunch – the creative economy in recession’; ‘So What Do You Do? A new question for policy in the Creative Age’; ‘Making Good Work’; ‘Design for Learning’ and ‘Creativity, Money, Love’, in addition to articles and papers on creative enterprise, creative clusters, skills and investment policy. Shelagh has led programmes of work with the British Council, Creative and Cultural Skills, Screen England, Arts Council England, Creative Partnerships, was a contributor to the Creative Britain strategy and a member of the EU Expert Working Group on the Creative Industries. She is also a Director of ThreeJohnsandShelagh (with John Holden, John Kieffer and John Newbigin), an associate of the Culture+Conflict initiative and a director of missions models money.
A digital veteran, Jeff has over 30 years of experience in successful digital media in startup and corporate environments, holding senior strategy and management positions at Electronic Arts (EA), BSkyB, Microsoft and Emap. He launched EA’s online casual games business, Pogo, in the UK, France and Germany, and built BSkyB’s combined interactive service division. He also held the first Creative Directorship of MSN UK. Jeff has been a panellist and speaker at various industry events, including BAFTA, GETIF, MIP, Milia, Museum of Television & Radio (LA), AFI and the British Consulate. Prior to the world going digital, Jeff was a Designer and Art Director at some of the world’s leading consultancies and agencies.