The Live Art Development Agency's 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.
Mark Ball established Fierce Earth Ltd in 1997, which specialises in the production and presentation of cultural events, festivals and programmes. From 1998–2009 he directed Fierce!, an annual international festival of theatre, live art and contemporary dance taking place across the West Midlands. In 2005, Mark was named the Institute of Director's Young Director of the Year for his work with the company. Mark was made a Clore Fellow in 2006/2007, where he undertook research on the potential impact of Web 2.0 for arts organisations. He also holds posts at a number of arts organisations including Council Member of the Royal Society of the Arts and Director of Creative Republic. In 2008 he was appointed Head of Events and Exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, leading a new department responsible for developing the profile of the RSC amongst new audiences by producing and delivering a range of high profile artist-led projects and commissions. He was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Executive of LIFT in April 2009. www.liftfest.org.uk
Sonia Boyce came to prominence as an artist in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning black British art-scene of that time – becoming one of the youngest artists of her generation to have her work purchased by the Tate Gallery. Since the 1990s her work has taken a more multi-media and socially inclusive approach; a practice that rests on bringing people together to comment on history and the present. Recent exhibitions include: Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennal 2, Greece (2009); Like Love, Spike Island, Bristol and tour (the Green Box Press, Berlin, 2010); Afro Modern, Tate Liverpool and tour (2010); and, ¡Afuera! Art in Public Spaces, Centro Cultural España – Cordoba, Argentina, (2010). In 2007, David A Bailey,
Ian Baucom and Sonia Boyce jointly received the History of British Art Book Prize (USA) for the edited volume Shades of Black: Assembling Black Art in 1980s Britain, published by Duke University. In the same year she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for
her services to art. Boyce is currently an AHRC Research Fellow at Wimbledon College of Art and Design: University of the Arts London, and holds an Associate Professorship at Middlesex University, in the Department of Fine Art.
Simon Casson is the producer for Duckie, who produce Event Culture: audience interactive performance shows that blur the boundaries between theatre, nightclubs and new mode pop and arty show business, mainly for lesbian and gay audiences. For the past 14 years they have presented the flagship rock-disco and performance club every Saturday night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London. www.duckie.co.uk
Stephen Cleary, Vice-Chair and Secretary
Stephen Cleary has been senior Curator of Drama and Literature at the British Library Sound Archive 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 the Royal Court Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and the Chelsea Theatre.
Dominic Johnson is a Lecturer in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, and convenes the department’s MA in Theatre and Performance. He is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture (Manchester University Press, 2012) and Theatre & the Visual (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and the editor of two artists’ monographs, Franko B: Blinded by Love (Damiani Press, 2006) and Manuel Vason: Encounters – Performance, Photography, Collaboration (Arnolfini, 2007). Dominic’s solo and collaborative performances have been programmed at galleries, museums, theatres and clubs in the UK and internationally. He curated A Feast For Open Eyes, a Jack Smith retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2011; and with Lois Weaver, he co-curated AiR Project, three ACE-funded festivals of experimental performances and symposia in QMUL’s People’s Palace. www.dominicjohnson.co.uk
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.
Gini Simpson manages 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. Gini is a Peer Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in Knowledge Transfer, and sits on the Knowledge Exchange advisory board for Museums, Libraries and Archives, (MLA). From 2003–2008, 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 Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster, London, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture. He is editor and co-editor of over twenty books and themed issues of journals on topics ranging across the Arts and Humanities. Marq has particular research interests in live culture, performance, bodies, sexualities, and technologies, and has published on theorists and practitioners such as Matthew Barney, Jordan McKenzie, Stelarc, Peggy Phelan, and Aaron Williamson.
Cecilia Wee, Chair
Cecilia Wee is a London-based artist writer, broadcaster and curator who produces projects in the fields of experimental sound, performance and visual arts practices, challenging existing models of audience engagement. Cecilia is a Producer at Sound and Music, co-Director of interdisciplinary art project Rational Rec, lecturer at the Foundation for International Education and regular arts documentary programme maker for Resonance FM. Cecilia is completing her DPhil on the documentation of live art at the University of Sussex. Cecilia is also a Council Member of Resonance FM and a Regional Council Member of Arts Council England London office. www.ceciliawee.com
Former Board members:
Chris Dorley Brown
Andrew Caleya Chetty