Board of Directors
Katherine Araniello is a London-based artist that uses video, film and performance to respond to contemporary themes around disability. Her awards include the Owen Rowley Prize, London Guildhall University for her final year graduation show and the Goldsmiths College Warden’s Purchase Prize for a music video in which she created a fictional pop-star played by herself. She completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art (2004) and since then has continued to make and exhibit work. Araniello was nominated by Bob & Roberta Smith as his favourite artist and exhibited in Pilot 1. She employs subversive humour in response to her concerns against the subject of assisted suicide and disability representation. In 2010/11, Araniello was on the Artsadmin bursary scheme (mentored by Marcia Farquhar) and created a performance piece The Dinner Party, which she performed at Toynbee Studios. In 2006, The Disabled Avant Garde (aka ‘DAG’) was formed by Katherine and performance artist Aaron Williamson, for their debut show at Gasworks London, where they paid homage to some of their favourite artists. DAG is a satirical arts organisation, their concern is to create contemporary art (video and performance) that is informed by the social model of disability. They continue to work as a collective.
Stephen Cleary, Vice-Chair and Secretary
Stephen Cleary has been Lead Curator, Drama and Literature Recordings, at the British Library since 2003. The department collects and makes accessible documentary recordings of literary readings, drama and other non-musical performance in Britain, together with recordings of ancillary material such as interviews and discussions. Steve administers the British Library’s location recording programme, which regularly visits venues such as Battersea Arts Centre and the Chelsea Theatre.
Dominic Johnson is Reader in Performance and Visual Culture in the School of English and Drama, at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture (2012); Theatre & the Visual (2012); and The Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art (2015). He is the editor of five books, including most recently Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (2013); and (with Deirdre Heddon) It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells (2016). He co-edits the book series ‘Intellect Live’ with the Live Art Development Agency, and he is also an Editor of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review.
Peter Law produces interactive experiences that combine digital and live components. He has worked on award-winning games with Hide&Seek and Somethin' Else, including the audio-only iPhone game Papa Sangre and a series of live games for Hide&Seek's Sandpit events. He has gone on to work with the advertising agencies Mother and adam&eveDDB, as well as Tate Kids, Coney, ITV, BBC, Royal Opera House, National Maritime Museum and Random House. In the past he organised literary events and made programmes for BBC Radio 4.
Gill Lloyd, Treasurer
Gill Lloyd is the co-director of Artsadmin (London) and has worked with the organisation since 1986, before which she managed production and touring for The People Show. Gill initially worked at Artsadmin as project manager on a range of initiatives – particularly projects from South Africa in negotiation with the African National Congress during the period leading to the end of the cultural boycott. She also organised a large cultural festival (Zabalaza) for the ANC in London. She has financial responsibility for Artsadmin and managed the organisation’s six-million pound building purchase and renovation, completed in 2007. www.artsadmin.co.uk
Gill has specialist knowledge and extensive interest in Southern African culture and has undertaken a lot of South African human rights campaigning activity on behalf of artists, working alongside veteran politician Helen Suzman both pre- and post-apartheid.
Jonathan May is Programme Manager at the arts team of the British Council, currently devising and delivering international arts projects in South Asia and the Americas. Before joining the British Council he was Digital Producer at LIFT where he worked since 2011 devising and producing artistic projects that use the spaces, tools, technologies and tropes of digital culture. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2005 and co-founded TV Baby theatre company (2005-2009). In 2010 he graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths University of London with a masters degree in Performance Making. Jonathan has worked on a number of projects with LADA, including the first year of the practice-based research project Performance Matters, where he created an interactive video archive for the Whitechapel Gallery. As a theatre-maker he has created work for Shunt, the Yard, Brixton Brick-box and Liverpool’s Unity Theatre. Jonathan also curates and produces the radio programme International Airspace on London Fields Radio. Jonathan is also on the Creative Council for Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester. jonathanmichaelmay.co.uk
Emmy Minton is a freelance producer and fundraiser with a specialism in funding and promoting Live Art and performance in community contexts for groups with high needs or social exclusions. She is currently working with Duckie developing projects for older people and adults with addictions, and fundraises for other community based arts programmes at St Paul’s Church, St Josephs’ Hospice and St Matthews Centre for the Blind. Between 2006 and 2010, Emmy worked at Open Doors, an NHS sexual health service, where she developed and produced an arts and performance drop-in for street sex workers, a role which she combined with coordinating the Live Art UK network. Emmy has also worked as an Assistant Producer for Curious and at SPACE Studios as a Project Manager and Mentoring Coordinator.
Dr. Amit S. Rai is Senior Lecturer in New Media and Communication in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London, and the convenor of the School’s MA in Creative Industries and Arts Leadership. Previously he has taught at the New School for Social Research and the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (Mumbai). He is the author of Rule of Sympathy: Race, Sentiment, and Power (Palgrave: 2002). He has written on Indian masculinity in film, anthropologies of monstrosity, colonial sympathy and humanitarianism, and practices of hacking in digital media. His study of new media in India, entitled Untimely Bollywood: Globalization and India’s New Media Assemblage was published by Duke University Press in 2009. His blog on the history of media assemblages and the politics of perception can be found at http://mediaecologiesresonate.wordpress.com. His research in India on a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship analyzing forms of gender and caste power, capitalist valorization, and mobile phone networks in urban areas, forms the basis of his forthcoming monograph, Jugaad Time: Ecologies of Everyday Hacking in India, which will be published by Duke University Press in 2018. Rai was born in Bhopal, India, and grew up in New York, Boston, Laguna Beach, Washington DC, and San Francisco. He lives in London, where he is also Chair of Project Phakama.
Gini Simpson is a freelance development consultant, and was most recently Head of Learning and Participation at the Barbican where she shaped and delivered new approaches to engagement with the arts, involving people of all ages across a diverse range of styles, genres and disciplines. Previously, Gini managed Business Development for the Creative Industries at Queen Mary University of London's Innovation Unit, developing strategic planning around art and culture and promoting the University's Knowledge Exchange agenda. From 2003-08, Gini was Head of Media Arts at SPACE in Hackney, an art/technology unit. Previous to this she worked for advertising agency BMP DDB (Interactive) as Design Director. She worked in interactive television during its inception and on some of the first on-line galleries in New York City. Gini is a trained artist and has exhibited internationally. She worked in Shoreditch in the early 90s, curating and producing Live Art in emergent venues. Gini is interested in Civil Rights activism, and works as part of Mental Health Civil Rights Movements as often as she can.
Dr Marquard Smith is an academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, and Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education, in Art, Design, and Museology, UCL Institute of Education. Marq has written on live culture, artistic research, practice-based research and archives. He is author of The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish (Yale UP), and editor and co-editor of over twenty books, catalogues, and themed issues of journals on topics ranging across the Arts and Humanities, including What is Research in the Visual Arts? (Yale UP), Jordan McKenzie: An Englishman Abroad (Camberwell Press), Aaron Williamson: Performance, Video, Collaboration (LADA/KIOSK), The Prosthetic Impulse (The MIT Press), and Stelarc: The Monograph (The MIT Press). He has curated exhibitions such as ‘How We Became Metadata’ (London, 2010), ‘The Global Archive’ (London, 2012), and ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’ (2015) at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, and his forthcoming curatorial projects include 'Radical Pedagogies' at Gallery Y in Minsk (2017) and 'Solitary Pleasures' at the Freud Museum, London (2018).
Cecilia Wee, Chair
Dr Cecilia Wee (fRSA) is a curator, educator and researcher working with experimental sound, performance, visual art and design practices. She investigates the role of art and design in creating a more equitable society, exploring definitions of public sphere, economic systems, relationships with technology, environmental change, security and dialogue. From 2011-18, she was Tutor at the School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. Cecilia wrote her DPhil on documentation of live art at University of Sussex. She has curated projects for organisations including Akademie der Künste Berlin, Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Paju Typography Institute Korea. Cecilia is Chair of the Live Art Development Agency and part of the core group behind the Radical Renewable Art and Activism Fund. www.ceciliawee.com
Jacob Wright is an expert in psychology and communication. He has worked on global advertising campaigns, helped create a digital movement for women's empowerment and worked on software products that create emotionally intelligent interactions. He currently runs an agency that helps ethical causes and businesses use communications and creativity to achieve their aims.
Former Board members:
Chris Dorley Brown
Andrew Caleya Chetty