Acme Studios — Res Artis Conference Speakers

Supporting Artists since 1972

Lina Ángel

Co-founder of R.A.R.O., Director of the programme in Buenos Aires

Lina Ángel is a political scientist by profession and has been working as a manager/curator of artistic projects for the last 12 years, always seeking to generate multidisciplinary programs that promote the intersection of perspectives and collective work models that are articulated from horizontality. For the past 8 years, she has been directing R.A.R.O., a self-managed residency program that fosters exchange between local and international artists. They have welcomed over 100 residents and created a scholarship program for both Argentinean and foreign artists. In parallel, she has worked in various art spaces as a researcher, generating tools around self-management.

Haffendi Anuar


Haffendi Anuar’s practice explores the expanded notion of architecture, urban spaces, and mundane everyday objects through the creation of sculptures, paintings, installations, and mixed-media pieces. His work is in the collections of Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Battersea Power Station, London, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Pembroke College, Oxford and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Kuala Lumpur. He is currently based in London and Kuala Lumpur.

Sepideh Ardalani

Executive Co-organiser MASSIA residency

Sepideh Ardalani (they/she) is Iranian-born, invisibly disabled, and co-organises MASSIA residency and project space as a laboratory for alternative modes of learning, working, organising, co-existing - within the field of arts and culture and beyond. They co-cultivate spaces and situations engaged with collective practices of care: with people, herbs, gardens, etc.

Lizzy Baddeley

Community Engagement Manager, UCL East

Lizzy Baddeley is a Community Engagement Manager for UCL East, a new campus for UCL in East London. She runs Trellis, a multistage art commissioning programme that aims to bring together artists with links to east London, UCL researchers and local east London communities to co-create work together. Alongside Trellis, Lizzy also works on a number of projects building equitable relationships between UCL and its local communities that create positive impacts for both the university and the communities.

Marnie Badham

Secretary, Res Artis

Marnie Badham is an artist-researcher with a 25 year history of art and social justice practice in both Canada and Australia. She is an expert in socially-engaged art, the politics of cultural measurement, and community partnerships, also contributing to industry standards in public art commissioning, artist residencies, and arts funding and teaches across social practice, public art and expanded curation. Marnie is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Art, RMIT University, Naarm/Melbourne in Australia.

Saber Bamatraf

Pianist and Composer; Digital Communications Manager, Art27Scotland

Saber Bamatraf is a Yemeni pianist and music composer based in Edinburgh. He is a creative practitioner who works now as a digital comms manager for Art27scotland, an organisation that takes their mission from Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to freely participate in the culture of their community. Having spent over 7 years working in the humanitarian field with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the war-torn Yemen, Saber has also played an active role in the artistic and cultural realm since 2014. However, due to the direct threats he and his artist wife faced in 2018 as a result of their art and cultural activism, they had to flee to Scotland in late 2020. Saber was awarded an IIE-Artist Protection Fund Fellowship hosted at Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) within the University of Edinburgh 2020-21.

Paul Bayley

Head of Residencies and Awards, Acme

Paul Bayley is Head of Residencies and Awards at Acme and has had over thirty years’ experience of working in the Contemporary Visual Arts nationally and internationally, in a variety of Curatorial and Management roles.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Acme is a charity based in London which provides affordable studios, work/live space and a programme of residencies and awards.

Polly Brannan

Artistic Director, Open School East

Polly Brannan is a Curator, Artist and Educator based in the UK. Since early 2021 Polly has been the Artistic Director at Open School East, a free and alternative art school based in Margate, Kent, UK.

Polly was previously Education Curator at Liverpool Biennial 2012-18 and Education Curator at Serpentine Galleries 2011 - 13. She is Founder, Co-Director and artist with the network Avant Gardening and was a member of arts/architecture collective public works 2005-2011. She has curated, delivered and produced large-scale commissions with artists Mohamed Bourouissa, Koo Jeong A, Ryan Gander and Monster Chetwynd, amongst many others. Previous engagements include Triangle Network Fellowship, Ethiopia; Istanbul Biennale 2017, Turkey and Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India 2018.

Sheryll Catto

Co-director, ActionSpace

Sheryll joined ActionSpace as Co-Director in 2008, having worked in the creative sector for over 25 years. She has a personal and professional interest in supporting the development of creative practices and her work ActionSpace aims to providing learning disabled artists with the same opportunities as their peers in the contemporary visual arts sector.

ActionSpace seeks out and unlocks talent, creates opportunities and enables learning disabled artists to realise their potential. ActionSpace work with learning disabled artists across London as a Creative Hub, Supported Studio and Artist Development Agency.

Joey Chin

Artist; Writer

Joey Chin is an artist and writer. Her work is located at the intersection of text, narrative and visual art, staged through poetry, acts and modes of reading, and various disruptions. Her key focus is in the development of personal communications between the self, markings of territoriality, and the inner conversations between the two.

She holds a parallel career in public arts education with over ten years of experience in the fields of arts administration, festival conceptualisation management, residency development, and public arts programming.

Joey holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the City University of Hong Kong, and her work has received scholarships, grants, and awards from organisations including the Asia Europe Foundation, the Korea Arts and Culture Education Service, the Royal Over-seas League Arts, the Dorothy Cheung Foundation, the National Arts Council, the Run Run Shaw Library (Hong Kong), and the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

Daniel Cockburn


Daniel Cockburn is a Canadian moving-image artist living in Glasgow. His work, comprising short videos, live performances, and narrative film, deals with language, rhythm, and thought experiments. It has been compared variously to the work of Charlie Kaufman, Jorge Luis Borges, Spalding Gray, and Philip K. Dick. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of Mark Vonnegut's memoir The Eden Express.

crazinisT artisT

Artistic Director and Curator, perfocraZe International Artist Residency

Born 1981 in Ho, Ghana, Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT] is a transwoman who works internationally but lives in Kumasi, Ghana. sHit is a multidisciplinary “artivist”, curator, mentor, the founder and artistic director of crazinisT artisT studio and perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR) which aimed at promoting exchange between international and local artists, activists, researchers, curators, and thinkers.

As a performer and installation artist, crazinisT investigates gender stereotypes, prejudices, queerness, identity politics and conflicts, sexual stigma, and their consequences for marginalized groups or individuals. With rituals and a gender-fluid persona, sHit employs sHits own body as a thought-provoking tool in performances, photography, video, and installations, ‘life-and-live-art’ confronting issues such as disenfranchisement, social justice, violence, objectification, internalized oppression, anti blackness, systemic indoctrination and many more.

crazinisT has performed and exhibited across the globe, including countries such as Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, Cape Verde, USA, Spain, Brazil, France and UK. sHit has also been featured in several, publications and magazines such as the I-D Vice London, I-D Vice Dutch, Financial times, King Kong Magazine, CCQ London, Maimi Rails, ‘Freeflowingvisuals’, TRT WORD Film Documentary, This is Africa, Art Ghana, Lost At E Minor, CNN, The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Horizonte da Cena, Radio FRO etc

Marion Crick

Records and Archives Manager, Acme

Prior to her role at Acme, Marion Crick gained over 20 years experience in heritage organisations in Information and Collection Management roles, most recently as Head of Collections Management at the Victoria and Albert Museum and as a consultant advising heritage organisations on Documentation and Collections Management practices.

Tiz Creel

Artist and educator

Tiz Creel is an artist from Mexico City currently based in London. Her practice is influenced by play, spontaneity and gaming, as forms contingent on relations between people. In 2019 she completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University (London) as well as a residency at the School of Visual Arts in 2016 (New York), and she holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana 2015 (Mexico City). She has exhibited in the United Kingdom with Arebyte (Homepage Art Fair, 2021), SEAGER (Touch Base, 2020); Harddisk Museum (Nevermind Today, 2020); Division of Labour (Soft Display, 2020); Pitt Studio (Heavy Duty Paper, 2020); Chalton Gallery (The Omen, 2020); Residency Gallery (The Correspondence, 2020) and Camden People’s Theatre (Robots, 2019) as well as internationally in Galerija Mocvara (Zagreb), <Ctrl + Shift> (Toronto), Parsec (Bolognia), Linea Festival & Ampudia Centre for Art and Technology (Ruvo di Puglia), The Museum of Non-Conformist Art (St. Petersburg), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City) and Museo Regional de Cholula (Puebla). Recent commissions include the London Mural Festival (2020), Deptford X Arts Festival (2019, Play-Co (2019), Knudepunkt (2019), Art Night & Time out (2018).

Sarah Cullen

Founder, MOTHRA; Artist

Sarah Cullen is a contemporary visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She established MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project in 2018 as a collective, practice-led experiment with an emphasis on how to admit parenting and caregiving relationships into art practice. Sarah is interested in what is made possible through this process, and how art is transformed by new ways of working. MOTHRA is an artist residency currently running out of Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island.

Sebastian Dahlqvist

Artistic and Executive Director, Hägerstensåsens medborgarhus, Den kollektiva hjärnan

Sebastian Dahlqvist is an artist and teacher based in Stockholm. He is working as artistic and executive director for the cultural house Hägerstensåsens medborgarhus, part of running The collective brain, a national network for self-organized cultural houses and as a teacher at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

Taru Elfving

Curator and writer; Artistic Director, CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago; Research Affiliate, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London

Taru Elfving is curator and writer nurturing undisciplinary and site-sensitive enquiries at the intersections of ecological, feminist and decolonial practices. As Director of CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago, Elfving currently leads the research residency Spectres in Change on the island of Seili in the Baltic Sea. She has worked as head of programme at Frame Finland and HIAP in Helsinki, and her curatorial projects include Hours, Years, Aeons (Finnish Pavilion, Venice 2015), Frontiers in Retreat (HIAP 2013-18), Towards a Future Present (LIAF 2008). She has co-edited publications such as Contemporary Artist Residencies (2019) and Altern Ecologies (2016).

Oyindamola Fakeye

Res Artis Board Member

Oyindamola Fakeye (Nigeria / United Kingdom) is the current Executive & Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos, where she previously co-founded the Video Art Network (VAN) Lagos. She sits on the board of Arts in Medicine Projects and is a Director for the Arts in Medicine Fellowship training art and healthcare practitioners on best practices within the field. Oyindamola regularly consults to support digital collaboration, creative entrepreneurship, learning and participation and grant giving within the art and tech space.

Eduardo Feuerhake

Network of Visual Arts residencies Chile

Eduardo Feuerhake is the founding partner and Director of the Chiloé Museum of Modern Art, and founding partner and director of the Network of Visual Arts residencies in Chile “Al otro Lado”.

Yohann Floch

Director of Operations, On the Move

Yohann Floch is Director of Operations at On the Move, the international information network for artistic and cultural mobility. He also leads FACE, a resource platform that facilitates European capacity building programmes in the contemporary performing arts field. He serves the Danish organisation IMMART - International Migration Meets the Arts as international advisory board member.

Yohann has been an external expert for governmental bodies and private foundations, and led or (co)authored European studies, including the recent Cultural Mobility Flows reports (On the Move, 2022 & 2023), Time to Act (Europe Beyond Access, 2021), i-Portunus Operational Study (Goethe-Institut, 2019).

Marie Fol

Res Artis Board Member

Marie Fol is an independent advisor, researcher and cultural manager involved in many initiatives supporting the mobility of artists and culture professionals facing obstacles to their mobility. She is an expert for the European Commission and the Institut français. Since 2019, Marie works as Project Manager and Development Lead for Keychange, a global network and movement working towards gender equality in the music industry. Marie is the President of On the Move, the international network dedicated to cultural mobility, and regularly contributes to its research activities.

Haidy Geismar

Director of the UCL School for Creative and Cultural Industries

Haidy Geismar is Professor of Anthropologys and the curator of the UCL Ethnography Collections. She co-directs the Digital Anthropology Programme, and and is the Director of the UCL School for the Creative and Cultural Industries: a new set of research and teaching activities focused on media, heritage and collections in UCL’s new campus in the Olympic Park in East London.

With fieldwork experience in Vanuatu and New Zealand dating back to 2000, her research focuses on museums and collections as sites of knowledge and value production, and she has written on topics including the art market, postcolonial museologies, the production of indigenous intellectual and cultural property, the history of ethnographic collections, the epistemology of digital processes in diverse cultural contexts, and the social resonance of historical photographic collections in present day communities.

Ana Maria Gonzalez

Network of Visual Arts residencies Chile

Ana Maria Gonzalez was born in 1954, in Quillota, Chile, and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Art with a Mention in Engraving and a Bachelor of Aesthetics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has also exercised the discipline of Astrologer since 1980. She has been a member of the Chiloé Museum of Modern Art, since the gestation of her idea in 1988 and currently participates actively as Curator and Art Director in its activities and exhibitions, forming part of its directory as well as the Chilean Network of visual arts residences.

Niko Hallikainen

Artist, Mind the Gap Residency Artist

Niko Hallikainen is a performance poet and novelist born and based in Helsinki. He writes prose in Finnish and performance poetry in English. In his intense and transgressive solo shows, Niko observes the ambivalent intersections of class, sexuality and spirituality, while reading his lyrical writing against ambient soundscapes. Niko’s most prominent performance piece Black Mercedes (2021) is a 5-hour poem written and performed to the televised broadcast of Princess Diana’s funeral. Niko has premiered works in the programmes of Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Flow Festival and Baltic Circle International Theater Festival in Helsinki.

Lisa-Marie Harris

Artist; Publisher

Lisa-Marie Harris is a contemporary artist from Trinidad & Tobago, living/working in London. Her work addresses the objectification and dehumanisation of women, positioning their body as things that are broken and reconstituted into a contested space one seeks to own.

Harris’ work is informed by a personal history of motherhood and reproduction; Trinidadian culture and ecology; and migration. She is the recipient of the Ingram Prize (2021/22) and the Helen Scott Lidgett Award (2021). Recent exhibitions include The Pusher and The Pull, Lightbox Museum, Woking (2023); and RESPONSES (To Things I've Been Told About My Body), Cooke Latham, London (2023).

Nao Hirata

Membership manager, Res Artis

Nao is an artist whose practice involves object making combined with photography and video work. With a passion for cross-cultural exchange, financial administration knowledge along with previous experience in managing a creative studio, Nao looks after all membership matters for Res Artis.

Zita Holbourne

Co-founder & National Chair, BARAC UK; Joint National Chair, Artists’ Union England; Artist

Zita Holbourne (FRSA), is a multi-award-winning human rights and equality campaigner, community activist, trade union leader, and multidisciplinary artist - visual artist, poet, author, writer and vocalist.

Zita is the Co-founder and National Chair of BARAC UK, the joint National Chair of the Artists’ Union England (AUE), Joint National Chair of Public Services International Education Support and Cultural Sector workers network, part of the Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa and curator of the TUC Roots Culture Identity Art Exhibition. She is the author of the book Striving for Equality Freedom and Justice, author of the PSI Manifesto for Culture Sector Workers and co-editor of the European Commission report Gender Equality; Gender Balance in the Culture and Creative Sectors. She has exhibited art, performed and spoken internationally. She has received a range of awards for her work as a campaigner, artist and writer including National Diversity Awards positive role model, Legacy Awards lifetime achievement award for Equality, JKP Writing Prize. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Iris Ping-Chi Hung

President, Taiwan Art Space Alliance

Iris Ping-Chi Hung is an independent curator and art coordinator based in Taiwan. She holds a MA in Culture Industry from Goldsmiths, University of London, focusing on the role of pop-up culture in gentrified areas. After managing Bamboo Curtain Studio and Taipei Brick House, she is currently the president of Taiwan Art Space Alliance, as well as a member of the curatorial team Mutualism. Her practice explores the supporting system in the arts, cross-discipline collaborations, international exchanges and local connections.

Her curatorial interest focuses on perception and emotion through various body experience, which was on full display in her most recent exhibition, Mirror, an online exhibition about the craft of healing (2022), but also present in (in)habit (2021), The Art of Transformation: from residency to engage with craft (2020). She has participated international artist residences at Cité Internationale des Arts (2021) and Fulbright -Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Arts Professionals Program(2023).

Katie James

Arts Infopoint UK officer, Wales Arts International (WAI)

Katie is the Arts Infopoint UK officer at Wales Arts International (WAI), the international development agency of Arts Council of Wales. Katie is the point of contact for Arts Infopoint UK, an initiative hosted by WAI in joint partnership with Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Creative Scotland. It is part of the On The Move network of Mobility Information Points. Arts Infopoint UK develops free information, resources, webinars and events around the administration and processes that come with cross border working, for artists, creative professionals, and organisations visiting the UK for Creative projects and purposes.

Lissa Kinnaer

International Relations Specialist at Flanders Arts Institute

Lissa Kinnaer is responsible for sector support and international relations for Visual Arts at Flanders Arts Institute, an interface organisation and expertise centre for the performing arts, visual arts and classical music in Flanders, Belgium. The organisation supports and stimulates the development of the arts sector and policy making, and caters to both national and international professional arts audiences.

Lissa holds Master's degrees in Literature from the Free University of Brussels and in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Before joining Flanders Arts Institute in 2011, she worked for several artistic organisations, a.o. the Institute of International Visual Arts (London), the Center for Fine Arts (Brussels), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), and the Biennale de Lubumbashi (Lubumbashi, DRC). In 2009, she received the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International Fellowship.

Gordon Knox

Res Artis Board Member

Gordon Knox is an educator, a cultural innovator, and an institution builder. Knox relocates the critical, disciplined investigation and knowledge production of art back to the core of social interpretation and cultural transformation. His institutions support artists as agents of social change.

Knox was president: the San Francisco Art Institute, director: the Arizona State University Art Museum, core collaborator: Stanford Humanities Lab. He was founder of artist residencies at Civitella Ranieri in Italy, the Lucas Artists Programs in California, as well as numerous short-term residencies globally.

Anna Kostritskaya


Anna Kostritskaya was born in 1990 in Kyiv, in the family of Kyiv artists, where the artist is a mother, uncle known nonconformist Sazonov V.Z., and native aunt sculptor at the National Opera House. The first works were acrylic prints, engravings, in which the process of studying colour, the interaction of colour and form took place, and in general, the development of associative thinking as the basis of art. Her art is simple and complicated at the same time. The works are distinguished by clarity and painterly logic, with obvious colour correlations, proportion and colour harmony balance. The canvas always conveys a particular state, mood, emotion that is expressed with the help of scale and facture.

Ellie Liddell-Crewe

Programme Manager, Unlimited

Ellie is a northern soul with her feet now in the south. She works as a Programme Manager for Unlimited (the world’s largest commissioner of disabled artists) and holds overall responsibility for partnerships, artists development and showcasing – enabling as many Unlimited artists as possible to reach audiences both nationally and internationally. Alongside her work with Unlimited she is a Access and Inclusion Advisor, Creative Facilitator and Mentor.

Julie Lomax

Chief Executive Officer, a-n The Artists Information Company

Julie Lomax joined a-n as CEO in 2018 after working as Director of Development at Liverpool Biennial. She is an active member of the Association of Women in the Arts and regularly lectures at Sotheby’s institute. Julie has held the Director of Visual Arts position at Australia Council for Arts and Arts Council England, where she was responsible for visual arts policy and investment. She was the Chair of The Showroom, London between 2016-2021. Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art with a degree in Fine Art.

Dr. Ope Lori

Founder & CEO, PILAA

Dr Ope Lori is the Founder and CEO of PILAA (Pre-Image Learning And Action), an Arts & Diversity company. Some of their clients include, Acme, Tate, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, The Courtauld and GamCare.

She is also a practising visual artist; specialising using video and photography in her political practice. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at La Fondation Blachére, France; 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and at Autograph in London. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, Beyond The Feminine: The Politics of Skin Colour and Gender in Visual Culture (Bloomsbury, 2023).

Tankiso Mamabolo

Musician, Actress and Curator

Tankiso Mamabolo is a multi-award winning performer, writer, curator and facilitator with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town. Tankiso’s work in music and theatre interrogates the relationship between black womanhood, grief, shame and rebellion. Writing in three languages, she speaks about a range of topics from childhood experiences, loss, heartbreak, love and oppression, to hope and healing. Her work in theatre has toured multiple countries, winning a number of awards including being in the New York Times critic’s choice list. She works as a the first musical curator at Greatmore studios, creating a meeting space where emerging, independent musicians collaborate and dream in a predominantly visual artistic space.

Daniel Marro

Board Member, Res Artis

Daniel is a board member of Res Artis Ltd, with nearly 20 years' professional services experience. He has bachelors degrees in Business and in Law (Hons.) with a particular interest in human resources, risk management and corporate governance. Daniel is an experienced facilitator, advisor and content creator. He has conducted hundreds of sessions, across a variety of topics, with particular emphasis on professional ethics and conduct. He is well versed in the art of negotiation, compromise, the resolution of complaints or disputes and achieving successful mediated outcomes.
Daniel lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his partner and two cats.

Russell Martin

Director/Programme Manager, Artquest

Russell is a visual artist and writer, originally from Glasgow. He leads Artquest and has worked with the programme since 2001 on a part-time basis. As an artist Russell has initiated galleries and project spaces, written for artist catalogues, taken part in mentoring and peer mentoring, and sat on charity boards. He also takes an active role in his housing co-operative in north London.

Stacie McCormick

Fair Art Fair

Stacie McCormick, a UK-based artist, exhibits globally and supports fellow artists with space & time unburdened. She leads Unit 1 Gallery|Workshop, hosting over 60 exhibitions and engaging 300 artists and curators, fostering a growing community. Stacie founded, an app-based platform connecting art lovers, curators, and artists. In 2022, she became the first artist elected Chair of a-n The Artists Information Company, supporting 30k members with insurance, advocacy, and information. She’s also on the global executive committee for The International Association of Art, IAA/AIAP, collaborating with UNESCO to support artists’ associations. Stacie is committed to empowering artists to thrive.

Josephine Mead

Communication & Program Coordinator, Res Artis

Josephine Mead is the Communication & Program Coordinator at Res Artis: worldwide network of arts residencies. She is also a visual artist, writer and curator, who is interested in personal notions of support. She has exhibited and been published widely and has undertaken residencies in regional Victoria, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey and Germany.

Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu

Director, Greatmore Studio

Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu is the founder and head curator of makwande.republic residency in Goshen Vilaage in the rural eastern part of South Africa. She is also a practicing artist with special interest in site-specific public art. Mlandu is also a writer,facilitator and activist. Her work takes on a decolonial, intersectional, Pan- Africanist and feminist lens. She has a special interest in healing justice, mobility justice, heritage, memory and her lived reality of being an artist who is also a mother. She has curated, presented and spoken at various platforms globally. She is Senior Atlantic Fellow on Racial Equity.

Lea O'Loughlin

Co-Director, Acme

Lea O'Loughlin is Co-Director of Acme, the largest provider of permanent affordable artist studios in England.

Acme works collaboratively with partners to deliver affordable and secure artist studio provision, and to develop pioneering residencies and awards programmes that support artists in need at all stages of their careers.

Lea is a previous board member of Res Artis, serving as President of the board from 2018-22. A previous member of the British Council's UK Arts Hubs Advisory Board she currently sits on the steering group for CVAN London and is a member of On the Move, Women on Boards and the Association of Women in the Arts.

Paula Orell

National Director, CVAN

Paula Orrell is the Director of CVAN England. A national organisation where the visual arts meet policy change and partners with nine regional networks to support, campaign and advocate for the visual arts sector. Paula is passionate about social, economic, and environmental change within visual arts communities. Her experience includes the relaunch of the Centre of Contemporary Art Art Toi Moroki, Christchurch, New Zealand, after the earthquake, and she spent her early career developing the visual arts in Plymouth. She has worked for the Arts Council England and continues to mentor and support artists through infrastructure projects such as the West of England Visual Arts Alliance. Paula is dyslexic, a leading advocate in the sector, and Co-Chair of the Coventry Biennial.

Bojana Panevska

Programme Advisor, DutchCulture | TransArtists

Bojana Panevska is a researcher and writer, who works as an advisor for international cooperation and artist-in-residencies in TransArtists | DutchCulture. She has over 20 years experience of working internationally and managing projects in the cultural sector with a focus on strengthening the position of artists in society and freedom of expression and movement.

Bojana is the president of the board of On the Move, cultural mobility information network with 50+ members in over 20 countries across the world. She is also part of the Advisory Board of TransCultural Exchange, a non-profit cultural organisation based in Boston.

Kieren Reed

Director, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

Kieren Reed is a the Head of Department for the Slade School of Fine Art and founder of UCL Art Futures. Reed’s art practice encompasses sculpture, performance and installation, from studies in form to the production of architectural structures for artist in residency programmers. Artworks are most often linked to a place, a site or a consideration of a space or situation.

Shaymaa Shoukry ­


Shaymaa Shoukry is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in visual arts, interested in integrating diverse disciplines in her creations. She thrives on a passion for choreographing, performing, and creating video art and is motivated and inspired by working collectively, while developing personal work in an organic build-up process, where each project paves the way for the next. Shaymaa is interested in researching the origin of movement, working with repetition, and transformation while steadily questioning approaches to share her artistic practice with publics from diverse backgrounds and various landscapes.

Shaymaa studied Visual Arts and Theatre at the American University in Cairo and Dance at the Cairo Opera House School. She completed the Contemporary Dance Workshops program at Studio Emad Eddin 2008-2011. She completed a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine and following consistent martial arts practice at Meshkah Cairo. Founder and artistic director of Dayer for artistic productions company based in Cairo and functions internationally. Shaymaa had the pleasure to perform, share choreographic work and be hosted as a resident artist on a regional and international level.

Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka

Head of the Artistic Residencies Department, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka is a curator, manager of culture and Head of the Artistic Residencies Department at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

She founded the U-jazdowski Residencies in 2003 as the first ongoing residency program in Poland and one of the leading residency programs in Central Europe. Between 2010 and 2020 she was a board member of the Res Artis and a member of the Programme Council of Akademie Schloss Solitude. She works to shape, map and reflection on the residency scene nowadays. She is a co-author of publications dedicated to the residency sector: Re-tooling Residencies, 2009, and On Care. A Journey into the Relational Nature of Artists’ Residencies, 2023.

Victoria Tillotson

Talent Development Lead, Watershed

Victoria Tillotson is a strategic leader and creative producer currently working as Talent Development Lead at Watershed, Bristol, UK, where she leads on development, management and production of Watershed's Talent Development programmes. This includes international labs, artist development opportunities and residency programmes. Victoria has a specialism in arts, technology and collaboration, and is passionate about convening, building and nurturing community; developing people and practice; and working collaboratively through creative endeavours to encourage societal change. Victoria has a background in visual art and participatory projects and is a Trustee at Site Gallery in Sheffield.

Jon Wakeman

Artistic Director, East Street Arts

Jon Wakeman MBE, co-founder and artistic director of East Street Arts, will celebrate the organisation’s 30th birthday this year. Throughout this time, Jon has assumed almost every role whilst nurturing the development of the organisation; with a shared vision of supporting artists, like himself, where provision within the visual art scene in Leeds was otherwise vacant. The extent of his work has since expanded, much like East Street Arts.

Kate West

Artist Development and Research Lead at East Street Arts

Kate West, Artist Development and Research Lead at East Street Arts, previously the Senior Producer of Guild, is a self-described curator of culture. Her work within the arts sector has nurtured a critical eye for the ecology of artist-led spaces and the wider provision for artists. Over the last 12 years Kate has worked on city centre festivals, socially engaged community projects, site specific public art commissions, national collections with institutions and gallery engagement programmes. Outside of these professional posts she set up an artist-led initiative which focused on creative ways to talk about contemporary art with less engaged communities. Most recently her posts and focus has been on research, advocacy, support and policy development.

Manojna Yeluri

Asia Regional Representative, Artists at Risk Connection

Manojna Yeluri is an artist rights, entertainment and intellectual property rights lawyer. She runs Artistik Licenses a legal consultancy and platform addressing the needs of artists and creative practitioners. She is also the Asia Regional Representative for PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) program, as well as a co-founder of the community project, Contracts for Creators. Manojna has spent the past decade working with the creative community, studying and advising on subjects related to music business law, art law, creative entrepreneurship and artistic freedom. She graduated from the NALSAR University of Law, India and holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Rights Law from the UCLA School of Law, USA.

Rahima Mahmut

Activist; Singer; UK Director, World Uyghur Congress

Rahima Mahmut is a Uyghur activist, singer and translator who has led the movement in the UK to end complicity and secure action on the genocide taking place in her homeland. As a singer with the SOAS Silk Road Collective, she has woven music and art into her activism, highlighting the need for cultural preservation and resistance. Rahima is currently UK Director of the World Uyghur Congress, Executive Director of Stop Uyghur Genocide and Advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).