Portfolio Reviewers at the Future Now Symposium 2017
The Portfolio Review Sessions at Future Now are for practitioners working across all different types of genre including drawing and painting, photography and digital art, sculpture, design and three-dimensional art, video, installation and performance. Here artists have the opportunity to book a slot with industry experts who can provide essential advice and guidance on your current practice and your career progression opportunities. This is a unique chance for you to develop work and find out about new ways to expand their practice.
To book onto a Portfolio Review session, visit the Symposium Sessions page.
Reviewers for Session 1
Thursday, 10:00 – 11:00
Paul Chapman, Acting Head, School of Simulation & Visualisation, Glasgow School of Art
Dr Paul Chapman is Acting Head of the School of Simulation and Visualisation at the Glasgow School of Art. Previously he was Director of the Hull Immersive Visualisation Centre and spent several years working as an offshore engineer in the oil, gas and diamond mining industries. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland, established in 2011.
Executive Producer, Hull City of Culture
Sam Hunt is Executive Producer at Hull UK City of Culture with responsibility for the visual arts, film and music programme, before moving to Hull he was in charge of producing the Signature Events programme for Scotland’s year of Home-coming in 2014, developing international event tourism in the country by staging a series of large-scale events. Sam has a background in artistic direction of multi-arts venues and festivals across the UK.
Curator, The Tetley
The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art in Leeds’ South Bank. Described by the London Evening Standard as “the heart and soul of Leeds’ art scene”, The Tetley brings audiences closer to art and artists, supporting the production of new work and developing artists’ practice. The Tetley is operated and curated by Project Space Leeds, a contemporary arts and education charity established to support emerging artists across the UK and further afield.
Reviewers for Session 2
Thursday, 12:00 – 13:00
Director, Ikon Gallery
Jonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999. Previously he worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery and Director of Chisenhale Gallery. He has curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998) and the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2013, and has written extensively on contemporary art, including the Phaidon monograph for On Kawara.
Curator, Open Eye Gallery
Thomas Dukes is the curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool – a space founded in 1977 for people to explore photography’s unique ability to connect, to tell stories, to inquire, to reflect on humanity’s past and present and to celebrate its diversity and creativity. An MA in Arts, Aesthetics & Cultural Institutions at Liverpool University led to an internship with Karen Newman, who proved to be an ongoing inspiration in visual media.
Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator of the Hiscox Collection
Whitney Hintz manages the Hiscox Collection, which comprises approximately 600 works on display across the company’s 30 offices in the UK, Europe and USA. Whitney is also a board member of the Crossrail Arts Programme and Sculpture in the City, a consultant for the Kenneth Armitage and Eduardo Paolozzi Foundations, and was previously Associate Director at Frith Street Gallery where she worked on projects at Venice Biennale and Tate Britain.
Reviewers for Session 3
Thursday, 14:15 – 15:15
Exhibitions and Displays curator, Tate Liverpool
Darren Pih has been part of the exhibitions and displays team at Tate Liverpool since 2006. His exhibitions and commissions include Transmitting Andy Warhol (2014-2015), Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist (2014) and Glam! The Performance of Style (2013-2014). He has previously worked at a number of galleries including The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and at Camden Arts Centre, London. Image © Tate Liverpool, Laura Deveney.
Associate Researcher, Leeds College of Art
Graham is an artist, designer and interventionist. In 1988, he founded Graphic Works, an ethical design agency based in Bradford, having previously worked for companies in Yorkshire and London. He recently retired after 20 years as Programme Leader for BA Visual Communication at Leeds College of Art, and now works there as an Associate Researcher. His present practice explores the use of mobile phones to create large-scale projections in public spaces.
Vanessa Corby, Senior Lecturer, Theory, History & Practice of Fine Art, York St John University
Vanessa Corby studied painting as an undergraduate in the 1990s and went on to gain an MA and PhD at the University of Leeds. Her research is the product of a fascination with the processes, materiality and performativity of art practice with particular reference to the aesthetic transformation of cultural, historical and social experience. Her work on the Eva Hesse has been published by Prestel Press (2006) and I B Tauris (2010).
Reviewers for Session 4
Friday, 10:00 – 11:00
Network Manager, Visual Arts South West
Gordon Dalton an artist based in Cardiff, Wales, and is also the Network Manager for Visual Arts South West, part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), which he is also currently Interim Director. VASW and CVAN play a crucial part in mobilising and networking the visual arts via their programme stands and websites, representing a vibrant visual arts ecology and embracing a broad range of artistic and curatorial practice across nine English regions.
Aesthetica Art Prize Winner 2016
Rachel won the Main Prize at the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition with This Much I’m Worth, looking at changing value based on gender, artwork equity and social perception. Her work starts with an initial concept that evolves through long periods of research and developmental processes. She draws on having worked as Computer Systems Designer for 25 years, and is also a trained cabinetmaker and has worked with electronics and photography.
Sarah Perks, Artistic Director, HOME and Professor of Visual Art, Manchester School of Art
Sarah Perks is an international curator, film producer and writer. A specialist in artist film, performance and participatory art. Sarah has worked extensively with international established artists including Phil Collins, Rachel Maclean, Rosa Barba, Rashid Rana, Yoshua Okon, Jamie Shovlin, and Stanya Khan. In 2011, Sarah set up Cornerhouse Artist Film (now HOME Artist Film), the UK’s only specialist producer and distributor of artist feature film, starting with Gillian Wearing’s Self Made and co-founder of the Feature Expanded training initiative.
Reviewers for Session 5
Friday, 12:00 – 13:00
Nicola Guy, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Nottingham Contemporary
Nicola Guy is currently Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary. Previously she was Programme Manager at Flat Time House, London and before this collaboratively ran the project space Archive Kabinett, Berlin. She completed her MA in Museum Cultures at Birkbeck College, University of London and specialises in research related to exhibition-making and the formation of collective identities in post-reunification Berlin.
Curator, Holden Gallery
Dr Steven Gartside is the Curator at the Holden Gallery, Manchester, Research Fellow at Manchester School of Art and runs the MA/MFA Contemporary Curating programme. Recent exhibitions at Holden Gallery have included: Model Behaviour, Trial/Error/Art, Up/Down and Urban Psychosis, working with artists such as David Batchelor, Olaf Breuning, Sophie Calle, Moyra Davey, Thomas Demand and Gillian Wearing.
Simon Morris, Director of Research, School of Art, Architecture & Design, Leeds Beckett University
Simon Morris’ research appears in the form of exhibitions, publications, installations, films, actions and texts which all revolve around the form of the book and often involve collaborations with people from the fields of art, creative technology, literature and psychoanalysis. Simon Morris examines the relationship between reading and art. He proposes a new method of making art via conceptualist performed readings.
Reviewers for Session 6
Friday 14:15 – 15:15
Programme Leader, BA(Hons) Photography, Manchester School of Art
Richard Page is a photographic artist based in Manchester and is currently Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Photography at Manchester School of Art, MMU. He received the Jerwood Photography Award in 2004 and his artist’s monograph What We Already Know was published by Ffotogallery in 2007. Employing a variety of approaches, his work considers how space is implicitly bound up with history, memory, and our relationship with place.
Sarah Edge, Professor of Photography and Cultural Studies, Ulster University
Sarah Edge is a Professor of Photograph and Cultural Studies in the School of Communications and Media at Ulster University. She is a curator of socially engaged art and photography and writer. Her monograph, The Extraordinary Archive of Arthur J Munby: Class and Gender in early Victorian Photography will be published by I.B. Tauris in May 2017.