Sarah Fisher EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sarah has over 25 yrs experience in the arts. Currently Executive Director of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and a freelance consultant specialising in organisational development and arts partnerships with universities, she is also on the board of Axisweb, Leeds.
Previously history includes leading the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, and Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council NW, where she held strategic lead for contemporary art, including media arts, crafts and public realm, and, for two national priority areas: Digital Opportunities and Visual Arts. Previous roles, as Media Arts Officer, ACE, NW, and Visual Arts Officer for Halton, involved developing large-scale capital projects, informing policy and strategy and sector development.
Sarah began her career as a London-based practicing artist, undertaking international residencies and lecturing at the Slade School of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Sarah has a B.A. Fine Art (Winchester School of Art) M.A. Fine Art (Royal College of Art).
Thomas Dukes CURATOR
Thomas has been living and working in Liverpool for five years, after completing a Masters in Arts, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions at Liverpool University. Having completed a work placement with Open Eye Gallery at Wood Street, Thomas continued to assist curator Karen Newman in the inaugural Mann Island exhibitions of Mitch Epstein and Richard Mosse until joining the gallery as Exhibitions Coordinator for the Mishka Henner show, Precious Commodities.
Having taken three years away from Open Eye Gallery working in Venue and Arts Collective Management Thomas has returned to look after artist liaison, exhibition logistics and programming public events.
Natalie Meer OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Initially becoming part of the team through the gallery’s volunteer scheme, Natalie later moved into the role of Operations Co-ordinator. She manages the financial and operational aspects of the organisation, including Governance, Human Resources, the Volunteer & Placement Scheme, and Building & Office Facilities.
Charlotte Tsang Retail & Events Officer
Charlotte Tsang studied at the University of Huddersfield, graduating in 2012 with a BA(Hons) in Communication Design – Illustration. Having worked in retail and hospitality industries, Charlotte went on to become a Front of House Supervisor. Tsang following her passion for interdisciplinary arts through a creative collaboration with music ensemble, Sinfonia UK Collective, having a key role in the events. Charlotte relocated to Liverpool to pursue a career in an arts organisational context. At home she can be found hand-crafting paper art.
Gareth Roberts Business Manager
Gareth has over 15 years experience of business and digital business planning at the sharp end.
Currently Business Manager, making sure the financial systems are robust and the gallery is commercially astute.
He previously was finance director of a Marks & Spencers salads producer and knows a pink tomato from a black tomato, before managing a large flowers and vegetables farm in Kenya. He then went onto running his own consultancy helping small and medium size businesses move online and become more profitable.
Liz Wewiora Creative Producer
Liz Wewiora is a photographer and curator, specialising in socially engaged practice. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art with a Fine Art Photography Degree she has worked independently and across organisation roles in the North West and Glasgow, including FACT, CCA Glasgow, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Glasgow Sculpture Studios.
Jacob Bolton Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Jacob joined Open Eye Gallery in early 2017.
After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a degree in English Literature, Jacob travelled and worked across India and Japan before returning to Liverpool to work in copywriting and PR. He made the decision to dedicate himself to working in the arts upon realising just how fulfilling the work could be. Jacob looks after communications, audience development, design, web, PR and social media.
Pauline Rowe Writer in Residence
Pauline first got the chance to work with the Gallery through the LiNK programme at the University of Liverpool and continuing work is being supported by the universities’ Centre for New and International Writing. She has 2 poetry collections, also works as a poet delivering projects at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, and is currently doing a PHD at Liverpool University. Pauline lives with her husband and 6 children.
Dan Warner Research Curator
Dan is a 3rd year PhD Researcher and Teacher at the University of Liverpool. Having completed a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Cultural History, his thesis utilises social documentary photography to explore working class culture in British inner cities during the 1970s. Dan completed a placement at the Open Eye Gallery in 2015, composing and delivering the Spoken Words and Photographs event during which images from the Gallery’s archive were matched with local oral histories.
Volunteers are an important and valued part of Open Eye Gallery. Without volunteers the gallery would not be able to offer high quality exhibitions and events to the public for free.
Find out more about volunteering, HERE.
Lindsey Fryer – Chair Of The Board
Head of Interpretation & Education at Tate Liverpool
Lindsey trained in art history and literature and has 30 years experience in leading and delivering learning programmes, firstly at Arnolfini, Bristol and then from 1999 at Tate Liverpool. Lindsey has been part of the year long committee chaired by Sir Ken Robinson reporting to the government on creative and cultural education, writing the Creative Partnerships chapter of the All Our Futures report; Vice Chair of engage, the National Association for Gallery Education; Board member of the Bluecoat. At Tate Liverpool Lindsey is a member of the senior management team and the Programme group that delivers exhibition, learning, interpretation and audience development programmes in the gallery and in the community. Lindsey is part of the LARC Executive group and the LARC Learning and Participation group leading on the recent young peoples festival FLUX Liverpool and part of the group working closely with the Liverpool Learning Partnership and Curious Minds.
Director of Studies, Department of Media, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jacqueline Butler is a Scottish artist living and working in Manchester, England. She works with photography, digital video, the artist book, and writing and has a particular fascination with archives and collections (both public and private). Her interests are in exploring visual narrative and contemplating on the material qualities of photography in both analogue and digital forms.
Currently undertaking a PhD at Glasgow School of Art, her research considers what constitutes photography in the 21st Century, combining pre-photography principles with traditional and new print technologies. Jacqueline’s arts practice evaluates the tangibility of the contemporary photograph and explores themes associated with analogue photography, of loss and melancholia. She exhibits her work internationally and regularly presents arts performances at international conferences and arts events.
She is a coordinator of a national artists group FTN (Family Ties Network), and founding member of MCollective (artist book co-operative) Jacqueline has worked as an academic in the HE sector for over 25 years and served on the Executive Board of APHE as Vice-Chair and as Honorary Secretary. She is a Principal Lecturer in Photography and Director of Studies, in the Department of Media at Manchester School of Art, MMU.
Chief Executive, Gower Street Estates Limited t/a Albert Dock Liverpool
Newly-appointed chief executive of Albert Dock Liverpool, Sue Grindrod, has been chosen to lead the next phase of development of this iconic waterfront destination. Under Sue’s watch, Albert Dock – widely regarded as the catalyst for Liverpool’s renaissance – will enter its next evolution with a robust five-year event plan to deliver further growth in audience. In her former roles at Tate Liverpool as head of visitor experience and operations, and director and chair of Gower Street Estates (t/a Albert Dock Liverpool), Sue has been a driving force to the phenomenal success of Albert Dock so far, with just over 6.2m people visiting in 2015!
In her other voluntary role as director and chair of Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership, Sue continues to represent the wider interests of businesses along Liverpool’s World Heritage waterfront to fulfil its potential as a leading waterfront of the world. Sue has recently been elected to the Open Eye Board and also sits on the Liverpool World Heritage Site Steering Group. Sue has also been pivotal in the successful Liverpool International Waterfront Forum – held in 2014 and 2015 – a global platform for waterfront cities to come together to build stronger international alliances. LIWF will return for IFB 2016.
Instrumental to Sue’s success is her clarity of thought, working effectively with a number of partners in the city and bringing on board disparate parties into a single shared vision.
Just recently Sue has launched the 175 strategy, to mark 175 years since Albert Dock, Liverpool was officially opened by Prince Albert on 30 July 1846. The Dock remains strategically connected to key organisations and representatives in the city, from being founding members of the Mayoral 100 club to leading discussions around the Waterfront and championing the cultural agenda in the city. The 175 strategy provides an opportunity to work closely with the key people and representatives the Sue has built strong and lasting partnerships with over the last decade.
DWF Partner – Head of Employment (North West)
Jon is a Partner and heads up the Employment team in the North West. Jon has a particular specialism in working with organisations in the retail, education and affordable housing sectors.
Jon has extensive advocacy experience, often appearing in the Employment Tribunal for clients on multi-day cases or those of a high profile nature.
Jon’s particular area of expertise lies in the field of recruitment – in particular in the law relating to agency workers. Jon has worked extensively in this area for over 15 years as well as in protecting employers from the competitive activity of former employees, including obtaining injunctions in the High Court, restraining their behaviour.
Director of Marketing and Communications at National Museums Liverpool
Tracey heads the Marketing and Communications team at National Museums Liverpool. She is responsible for audience development across the museums and effective communications with visitors and stakeholders. The Marketing and Communications team comprises the following functions: website, media, marketing, visitor research, publications and internal communications. Tracey joined National Museums Liverpool in 2005, and previously worked at National Galleries of Scotland and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). She is a fellow of the RSA.
Independent Marketing & Communications Advisor
Peter was born in Dorking, Surrey, is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and started his career with BBC Manchester. He has worked in a number of high profile marketing and communications roles for The University of Manchester, Manchester & Birmingham City Councils, Herefordshire & Worcestershire TEC, Chamber of Commerce & Business Link. Between 1999-2010 he was an Executive Director at the Northwest Development Agency with responsibility for Marketing & Communications.
He is an independent Marketing & Communications Advisor specialising in arts, tourism & business development, media and brand management, public affairs and major events. Peter is also an exhibiting artist/photographer.
His non-executive positions are: Chair – Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art; Vice Chair – Chester Performs; Committee Member – Tate Liverpool; Trustee – Liverpool Biennial, Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT), Open Eye Gallery and the Ariel Trust, Liverpool.
Liverpool Incubator Manager at Santander UK Corporate & Commercial
After almost 5 years supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship, Lynn joined Santander to manage their first regional incubator. As a SFEDI accredited business adviser and enterprise educator who is passionate about entrepreneurship, Lynn brings together 15 years experience of being involved in SMEs, from launching and growing her own venture to providing pre-start and early stage support to Merseyside businesses. The role also enables Lynn to broaden her remit in the city, working with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that the incubator establishes itself as a critical part of the Liverpool’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Lynn is heavily involved in the creative industries and have worked in the sector, directly and indirectly, for the past 15 years, culminating in voluntary roles as a Director of Baltic Creative CIC, providing fit for purpose space for the creative and digital sector.
Chief Finance Officer, Turning Point
Nick has spent the past 6 years working as the CFO of Turning Point, a £100m social enterprise delivering health and social care across England and Wales. Prior to that he has worked at Touche Ross (now Deloittes), major blue-chips, such as AstraZeneca and ICI, and a private equity-backed SME (ColorMatrix), as well as completing an MBA at Manchester Business School. This blend of commercial and social sector experience allows him to understand the importance of both financial returns and wider social outcomes, both critical elements. Outside work Nick spends his time on running (from 5Ks to marathons), cycling, coaching junior rugby………and of course photography!
Prof Caroline Wilkinson
Director of Liverpool School of Art & Design
Caroline took up the post of Director of the School of Art & Design in October 2014. She has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification.
Caroline is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where she also led the Unit of Art in Medicine 2000-2005 and received a NESTA fellowship to develop a 3D computerised facial reconstruction system for use in forensic and archaeological depiction. She moved to LJMU from the University of Dundee, where she was Head of Human Identification in the award-winning Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification. Her high profile facial depiction work includes facial depictions of Richard III, St Nicolas, J.S. Bach, Rameses II and Mary, Queen of Scots. Caroline Wilkinson is Director of the Face Lab, a LJMU research group based in Liverpool Science Park.
Caroline Wilkinson has collaborated frequently with museums and the media, especially relating to craniofacial depiction of people from the past. She has worked with the National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Ireland, Museum of London, Egyptian Museum of Cairo, Theban Mapping Project, FBI Academy, Interpol, Moesgaard Museum, Manchester Museum and the Fraunhofer Institute. She has current research collaborations with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, DSTL, Chonnam National University and the Richard III Society.