Robin Deacon is a British artist, writer, educator and curator. He graduated from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 1996, going on to present his performances, lectures and videos at conferences and festivals in the UK and internationally in Europe, the USA and Asia. He has received a variety of awards and fellowships from organizations such as Artsadmin, the Delfina Foundation, British Arts Council, Live Art Development Agency and Franklin Furnace Inc. He is also a MacDowell Fellow. His writings on the practice and ethics of performance reenactment and documentation (along with contributions to monographs on artists such as Baktruppen, Stuart Sherman and Joshua Sofaer) have been published by Routledge, NYU Press and Intellect Live. After a decade in the USA as Professor and Chair of Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Robin returned to the UK in 2021 to become the Artistic Director and CEO of SPILL Festival, an international biennial of art and culture based in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Gill was the co-director of Artsadmin for 33 years having 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 projects – 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 been overall financial management of the organisation and spearheaded Artsadmin’s £6m building purchase and renovation which was completed in early 2007. Subsequently as co-director led on finance, the building and curated the public programme until retiring in 2018. Currently chair at People Show, Co-chair at Madlove and a trustee at Hay2Timbuktu twinning charity. Gill also has specialist knowledge and extensive interest in Southern African arts and 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.
Angela Bartram is an artist and artistic researcher working with objects, sound, video, print, curation, performance event and published text, concerning thresholds of the human body, gallery or museum, definitions of the human and animal and the effects of exploring and engaging empathy within companionable binaries, and appropriate strategies for documenting the ephemeral. She is Professor of Contemporary Art and Co-Lead of the Creative and Cultural Academic Theme and Research Centre at the University of Derby, and has a PhD from Middlesex University.
Aaron Wright is Head of Performance and Dance at the Southbank Centre, appointed in April 2023. Aaron has extensive experience in commissioning and presenting contemporary performing arts. Previously, Aaron was Artistic Director of Fierce (Birmingham) since May 2016, where he was responsible for festival programming, commissioning, artist development and building partnerships. He curated three editions of the biennial Fierce Festival between 2017-2022, working with a broad range of international artists and companies. Aaron was also a cultural programme consultant for the Birmingham 2022 Festival for which Fierce delivered a major public realm project Key to the City by artist Paul Ramírez Jonas. Aaron also helped instigate the new English performing arts showcase: Horizon.