Exhibitions

NORTH: FASHIONING IDENTITY

14 September - 21 December 2019

Exhibitions Future Exhibitions

Peer to Peer

17 October - 22 December 2019

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SIXTEEN at Ellesmere Port Library

19 September - 27 September 2019

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WE ARE KIRKBY

19 September 2019

Future Exhibitions

WE ARE KIRKBY

23 September - 16 November 2019

LOOK Events Events

Launch: LOOK Photo Biennial 2019

17 October - 17 October 2019

LOOK Events Events

OPENING: DISTINCTLY

27 September - 27 September 2019

Events

OPEN SOURCE IN CONVERSATION: NATHAN CUTLER

26 September - 26 September 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 11 – NATHAN CUTLER

1 September - 30 September 2019

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COAST TO COAST TO COAST

14 September - 14 September 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 10 – JOCELYN ALLEN

1 August - 31 August 2019

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A Portrait Of…

2 August - 29 September 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 09 – ARABELLE ZHUANG

1 July - 31 July 2019

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Close Attention

11 July - 21 July 2019

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

New York Scene/Unseen: Keith Haring and Friends

14 June - 7 July 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 08 – DENISA N. MOLNAR

1 June - 30 June 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENTS – STEPHANIE WYNNE

1 April - 7 July 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 07 – MARIE SMITH

1 May - 31 May 2019

Projects

VR — Wake Up Together (Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal)

23 April 2019

Main Exhibition

Belonging: Students of Whitby High School

18 April - 28 April 2019

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 06 – MARIA ANSELL

1 April - 30 April 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 05 – ELIZABETH GLEAVE

1 March - 31 March 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 04 – LEIA MORRISON

1 February - 28 February 2019

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Here And Now

19 February - 23 February 2019

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PAULINE ROWE & DAVE LOCKWOOD – THE ALLOTMENTS

29 August - 28 September 2019

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TABITHA JUSSA & JOHN DAVIES – CAN’T SEE THE WOOD FOR THE TREES

6 June - 4 July 2019

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Stephanie Wynne and Stephen McCoy — Triangulation

18 July - 24 August 2019

Exhibitions

Yan Wang Preston — Forest

6 June - 28 September 2019

Exhibitions

LIZ HINGLEY – SHANGHAI SACRED

6 June - 25 September 2019

Main Exhibition

Kinship

9 May - 7 July 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 03 – OLLIE HAYWARD

1 January - 31 January 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 02 – RACHEL GLASS

1 December - 31 December 2018

Projects Exhibitions

209 Women

28 February - 14 April 2019

Past Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 01 – HEATHER GLAZZARD

1 November - 30 November 2018

Projects Culture Shifts

Where Things are Different

15 August 2017

Past Exhibitions

She Dreams – Yan Wang Preston

24 September - 10 February 2018

Past Exhibitions

Wake Up Together

15 November - 17 February 2019

Exhibitions

DISTINCTLY

27 September - 24 November 2019

Projects

209 Women Crowdfunder

6 September - 17 October 2018

Past Exhibitions

XU ZHEN: OPTIMIZING

13 July - 7 September 2018

Past Exhibitions

HIDDEN WORLDS

14 July - 16 July 2018

Past Exhibitions

New Brighton Revisited

14 July - 25 August 2018

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SEEING FUTURES: HUGH BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

Past Exhibitions

‘ELLESMERE PORT’ WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION

22 June 2018

Past Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful World Where Are You?

14 July - 28 October 2018

Past Exhibitions

China Conversation

17 June 2018

Projects

MA Course Brief

1 September 2018

Main Exhibition

Our North

28 March - 30 March 2018

Past Exhibitions

Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April 2018

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

The Pier Head – Tom Wood

12 January - 25 March 2018

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People

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).

sarah@openeye.org.uk

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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.

thomas@openeye.org.uk

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Jacob Bolton
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Jacob Bolton leads all marketing and communications activity for Open Eye Gallery. He has a lot of experience of improving access to the arts for a broad range of people: from delivering seminars to MA students to workshops in the prison system. He has recently began to focus more on digital projects and building valuable online spaces for the experience of artworks. He also produces exhibitions, commissions writers to expand the gallery’s core programme, and edits/designs the gallery’s exhibitions publications. Outside of Open Eye Gallery, he is a freelance arts writer for ArtReview, The Double Negative, Eye on Design and Corridor8.

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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.

natalie@openeye.org.uk

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Tracy Marshall- Director of Development and Partnerships
Director of Development and Partnerships

Tracy has worked in the third sector for over 20 years, initially in Director of Development and Fundraising positions for a number of Social, Health and Arts organisations across Ireland.  More latterly she has been Executive Director of Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery where she led the international and artistic growth of the organisation and its expansion in the provision of platforms for emerging Irish photographers. Tracy is also a founding Director of the photographic arts collective Northern Narratives.

Having moved to Merseyside to take up this position, Tracy hopes to bring her wealth of photographic and development experience to LOOK Photo Biennial and Open Eye Gallery, and to contribute to their continued growth and expansion in the coming years.

In her spare time, Tracy is an avid runner and music enthusiast.

tracy@openeye.org.uk

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Declan Connolly
Programme Assistant

Declan Connolly manages the digital and promotional space at Open Eye Gallery. Beginning as a volunteer in 2016, after graduating from Newport University some months before, he now produces 12 month-long exhibitions a year as part of Open Source and designs short-run shows for the Digital Window Gallery. Declan also works on LOOK Photo Biennial and runs workshops and portfolio reviews for early career practitioners. In his spare time, Declan is an exhibiting photographer and sculptor based in Liverpool.

declan@openeye.org.uk

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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.

gareth@openeye.org.uk

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Liz Wewiora
Head of Engagement

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. 

Liz is the Head of Engagement for Open Eye Gallery, a part-time role. She seeks to instigate and produce collaborative photography projects that push for social change.

liz@openeye.org.uk

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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.

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Volunteers

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.

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Board Members

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.

Jacqueline Butler

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.

Sue Grindrod

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.

Jon Keeble

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.

Tracey McGeagh

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.

Peter Mearns

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.

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.

Alice Parsons

Creative Producer- National Science and Media Museum

Alice was born and raised in Liverpool and now lives and works in Bradford as the Creative Producer at the National Science and Media Museum. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from King’s College London in 2015 and was a participant in the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries initiative working as Higher Education Coordinator at Opera North for the 12 month duration of the bursaries programme. Following this she took up the post of Higher Education Manager, overseeing Opera North’s strategic university partnerships as well as leading on production of several projects such as the DARE Art Prize and Leeds Creative Labs, she was also a coordinating member of Culture Forum North, a consortium of cultural and higher education institutions.

In her role as Creative Producer at the National Science and Media Museum Alice is part of the Exhibitions team who deliver a year round programme of exhibitions across a number of galleries. In Alice’s role she develops and delivers creative projects, involving innovative science and new technology, including installations and live events including co-productions, artist commissions and experimental exhibitions. She is a keen advocate for arts and culture and is interested in the role local museums and galleries play in the lives of their communities and in widening access to careers in the cultural sector.

Matthew Smith

Strategic Marketing Consultant

Matt has over 20 years’ experience of developing and delivering research informed marketing strategies, primarily in the Higher Education sector.

As Director of Marketing at the University of Liverpool he led teams working across digital, student recruitment, research, and corporate communications; market insight; data science; customer relationship management; portfolio and fee advice; enquiries and distribution services.

In addition, up until its dissolution in 2015, Matt worked as a founder member of the audio-visual arts group – The HIVE Collective. Over the twelve years it ran, HIVE delivered innovative and exciting one-off events, club nights, interventions, festivals and performances in collaboration with the likes of the Turner Prize, Liverpool Culture Company, Levis, FACT, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FutureEverything, Abandon Normal Devices, the Kazimier organisation and more.

In his current work as a strategic marketing consultant, he combines creative and strategic thinking with an implementer’s understanding of the range of opportunities integrated communications can offer.

Tony Cearns

Treasurer

Tony began his career with the professional services firm, Deloitte, in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. At Deloitte he specialised in the audits of complex multi-jurisdictional business groups and in advising company boards on reputational risk management and anti-fraud measures.

After leaving Deloitte he was appointed Group Finance Director of Sims Food Group, an ailing stock-exchange quoted company, where he was responsible for its financial re-structuring, turn-around and subsequent sale. Tony then moved to Liverpool’s Littlewoods Group (now Shop Direct) where he took responsibility for Risk, Corporate Governance and Security during a period of huge change, helping to merge two big businesses and migrate the business model from a catalogue/stores model to an on-line digital one.

Tony has a BSc. in Molecular Biology, an M.Sc. in the History and Philosophy of Science, an Open University Certificate in Mathematics and he recently completed an MA.in Philosophy at Liverpool University.

Tony runs his own consultancy business specialising in financial services regulation.  He is a keen film photographer and prints photographs using traditional darkroom techniques.

Sol Papadopoulos

Film Producer

A photographer turned award-winning filmmaker and founder of international film production company Hurricane Films. As director his awards include six Royal Television Awards, a US Cine Golden Eagle and with two BAFTA nominations, Sol’s love for a good tale has taken him down the dual paths of factual and fiction storytelling for both small and big screen.

As producer/director Sol has originated, written and shot documentary films and series for broadcasters, both nationally & internationally. Originally a stills photographer who picked up a film camera after a short course at the national Film School in Beaconsfield, England; his work to date has included the acclaimed historical series for WNET/PBS, WARSHIP and WARPLANE. As a self-shooter he includes his observational documentary, DOCKERS, for the UK’s Channel Four was one of his six RTS winners. Moving into producing feature films in 2008 Sol has produced seven films including three Terence Davies directed features – all critically acclaimed, premieres were Cannes (2008), Toronto (2015) and Berlin (2016); In May 2017 his film A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN, also premiered at Cannes. Sol attends all the major international film markets to develop and finance Hurricane Films’ slate of projects.

Great stories, whether fact or fiction, drives his passion for storytelling.

Gary Bratchford

Senior Lecturer / Practitioner

Gary is a practitioner – theorist – writer, and currently a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Central Lancashire (UcLan) and President of the International Sociological Associations’ Visual Sociology Research Group. First studying Film & Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University in the early 2000s, Gary later studied an MA in Cultural History at the University of Manchester before completing a teaching qualification and later completing a PhD in Visual Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016.

Gary’s teaching and research focus around notions of visual activism and visibility, the politics of representation and the representation of politics, specifically in Israel/Palestine. In particular, Gary focuses on collaborative and participatory visual practices, including socially engaged, process-based community projects.

Gary is the head of the Photography Research Group at UcLan as well as a Research Degrees Tutor for the School of Journal, Media and Performance and has an active interest in developing platforms for Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher (ECR) development.

Before academia Gary worked for arts organisations as a cultural producer and project facilitator on events including Turku’s 2011 Capital of Culture programme delivery. Outside of academia, Gary DJ’s as part of the Beat Boutique collective and has played records at parties, festivals and for brands across Europe and the Middle East.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sarah
Fisher
CURATOR
Thomas
Dukes
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Jacob
Bolton
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
NATALIE
MEER
Director of Development and Partnerships
Tracy Marshall
Programme Assistant
Declan Connolly
Business Manager
Gareth
Roberts
Head of Engagement
Liz
Wewiora
Writer in Residence
Pauline
Rowe
Volunteers
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