raul abeledo  



Raül Abeledo Sanchis

Paris (1973). PhD in Economics and Master of Science in Environmental Strategies & Management. Specialized in local development, environmental sustainability and cultural planning. Author of the thesis “The Agenda 21 as a Strategy for Local Sustainable Development: From Environment to Culture” and European projects director of the Research Unit of Cultural Economics (


 Catherine Braitwaite, Independent Marketing Communications Consultant  



Catharine Braithwaite

Catharine Braithwaite has over 20 years experience in arts marketing communications, mainly working in the visual arts, museums and literary sector. She started her career at Manchester Art Galleries, moving to Tate Liverpool as its Press and Marketing Manager for 5 years, highlights of which were relaunching the Gallery in 1998 and working on the press launch of Tate Modern. She led five successful profile building national and international press campaigns for Liverpool Biennial. In 2007-8, she worked on a series of ambitious public realm works commissioned for Liverpool?s year as European Capital of Culture including the Antony Gormley’s Another Place and the award-winning new commission by Richard Wilson, Turning the Place Over. She also worked on the launch of Dream, a major new sculptural commission with Channel 4, The Art Fund, Arts Council England and St. Helens Council.


 Tony Butler  



Tony Butler

Tony Butler has been Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust since 2013. The Trust runs three museums and is custodians to the city’s historic collections which include the largest collection of work by Joseph Wright of Derby. Prior to that, Tony was director of the Museum of East Anglian Life for nine years. He repositioned the organisation as a social enterprise and led a major capital development programme. In 2011 he founded the Happy Museum Project, to create a community of practice to explore how museums could contribute to a society in which well-being and environmental sustainability were its principle values. He was the Fellow for museums on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2007-08, a Director of Mission Models Money and is a Trustee of Kids in Museums.




Artists Philip Davenport and Lois Blackburn

Arthur+Martha (Davenport and artist Lois Blackburn) is an arts organisation that helps marginalised people discover their creative voice by making poems and artworks – with positive health, well-being and other beneficial social outcomes. They work with society’s outsiders – older people with complex health and social needs, carers and homeless people: groups ignored not just by the art establishment, but all too often by everyone. The quilts will be shown at the National Gallery of Lithuania in Vilnius and Bury Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Autumn 2016.
Samples of the creative workshops will be included in this presentation.


 Birgit Eriksson  



Birgit Eriksson

Birgit Eriksson holds a PhD (1999) and since 2001 has been associate professor in Aesthetics and Culture at the School of Communication and Culture, AU. BE is co-director of the research programme in Cultural Transformations and co-founder of a research unit in Participatory Culture. She has been Director of Studies and head of the Board of Studies in the Department of Aesthetic Studies, AU. She has been the leader of the research project Participatory Citizenship: New Experiences and Expectations 2014-15 (in cooperation with European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017). She is the author of numerous books and articles in Danish and English. Her most recent research focuses on participatory art and culture; the uses of art; social identities and citizenship; aesthetics and politics.


 Tom Higham  



Tom Higham

Tom Higham is the Executive Director of FutureEverything. He joined the organisation in 2012 as Senior Producer, and has been a key part of the growth and development of the company since. He was previously co-director of Modular, an organisation that focused on the creation, programming and production of interdisciplinary artworks and events. As well as extensive freelance experience in curating, programming and producing projects he has a background in festivals, holding previous roles as Festival Manager of AV Festival in the North East, and director of Northern Lights Film Festival and Press Play Festival. He is interested in the enabling power of digital technology, and inspired by well considered, simple and effective ideas and artworks.

Tom has spent 10 years in leadership positions within film, art and technology. He has worked within a variety of organisations on major projects, as a freelance consultant and as creative and production lead on numerous self initiated projects.

Tom is a strategic, dynamic leader and a fellow of Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders and Clore’s Emerging Leaders programme.


 Kwong Lee Castlefield Director  



Kwong Lee

Kwong will lead a workshop that will explore the Castlefield’ s innovative approach to supporting the Manchester Art Scene. CG’s vision is for the North West of England to be a place where artists can live and produce work while presenting their work in national and international contexts. Its mission is to nurture talent, explore cultural trends and deepen their audience’s relationship to contemporary art, the workshop will explore this as well as how CG came to develop New Art Spaces a pop-up creative space for emerging talent. The workshop will also look at the CG Associates Membership Scheme, launched in 2012, for artists and independent curators and writers.


 Rachel marsden

Photo: ©Phillip Read




Rachel Marsden


Rachel Marsden is a transcultural curator, art consultant, PhD researcher, arts educator, arts writer and avid blogger – specialising in Chinese contemporary arts and culture, (self-) publishing and interpretive translation. Founder/curator of ‘The Temporary’, a transcultural exchange platform examining “temporary” and ephemeral experience in art, architecture, design, music, sound, performance and culture between UK and China, and Coordinator (Research Assistant) for Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA). PhD study at Birmingham City University and CCVA, examines the local to global translation, through interpretation, of contemporary Chinese art, specifically the notion of “transcultural” curating. Also, she is Visiting Lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fine Art, Asian Art and Contemporary Curatorial Practice across the UK/China, and an arts writer for Art Radar and in-print/online magazines, journals, books and exhibition catalogues worldwide. Dedicated to “connecting the dots that people can’t see”, developing social and professional transcultural relationships through unique networks, specifically China and the UK.


 Camilla Møhring Reestorff_v2  



Camilla Møhring Reestorff

Camilla Møhring Reestorff is assistant professor at the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Aarhus and Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is editor-in-chief of Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation and coordinator of the research unit in Cultural Participation. Her previous publications include “Mediatised affective activism. The activist imaginary and the topless body in the Femen Movement” (2014) and “Unruly Artivism and the Participatory Documentary Ecology of The Act of Killing” (2015). Her research interests are cultural participation, cultural politics, culture wars, activism, political art, affect and mediatization.


 Lucy Neal  



Lucy Neal

Lucy Neal is a theatremaker and community activist, interested in how celebratory events act as a catalyst for change. Co-founder Director of the influential London International Festival of Theatre (1981-2005), she has been an active player in the grassroots Transition movement since 2008 and initiator of Transition Town Tooting. Her recent book Playing for Time – Making Art As If the World Mattered, published in 2015 by Oberon Books, is co-written with over 60 artists and activists and has been described as ‘a hand book for life’; ‘a manifesto; a work of art’. Joining dots between the big stories of energy, food, finance and climate change it maps the collaborative arts practices emerging in response to global challenges. Lucy is Happiness Associate of the Happy Museum Project,  co-author of MMM’s Sustainable Ability and co-founder of The Case For Optimism. She is co-author of The Turning World – stories from the London International Festival of Theatre (Gulbenkian) and was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to drama. She lives in Tooting, South London.


 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider  



Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schneider

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, born 1954 in Mainz am Rhein,  Director of the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, UNESCO-Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development, Member of the International Theatre Institut and the German UNESCO Commission, Chair of ASSITEJ Deutschland and Honorary President of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. He was Founding Director of the National Centre for Children’s and Young People’s Theatre in Germany, Chair of the Theatre Council oft he State Lower Saxony, Member of the Advicery Board for Dance and Theatre of the Goethe-Institut und as an Expert Member of the der Commission „Culture in Germany“ of the German Parliament Examiner for Arts Education, Socio Cultural Centers and Theatre. Research Projects and Publications about Cultural Policy, Cultural Diplomacy, Arts Education, Cultural Diversity and Theatre Arts; Editor of books and magazins in Cultural Studies.


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Matthew Shaul

Matthew Shaul is Artistic Director at the University of Hertfordshire Galleries (UHGalleries). He is also Director at Departure Lounge – a new contemporary art gallery with a specialism in photography in Luton 50km north of London.

Between 1990 and 1993 he worked for three New York museums (MoMA, the Met & Cooper Hewitt) and was one of the first graduates of the Royal College of Art’s curatorial studies program in 1995. His curatorial interest in photography developed in the early 2000s, creating early career exhibitions, commissioning and publishing opportunities with emerging artists from all over the world and numerous projects as major international touring shows.


 Tony Trehy  



Tony Trehy

Tony Trehy, Director, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre Uniquely for a local authority gallery, Trehy has created a 21st Century vision of public culture developed in the context of the opportunities of globalisation which redefines the Local and culture as economy. Tony is an international art curator, with a specialism in text art leading to his creation of the international Text Festival in 2005 – the world’s only language art festival. Since the 1990’s he has also managed and commissioned more than 30 public art works on the Irwell Sculpture Trail – one of the UK’s largest public art schemes.
Tony has directed Bury Art Museum since 1995 building a respected international programme with extensive experience of partnership projects and touring exhibitions in Scandinavia, mainland Europe and the Far East. In the last four years he has been leading Greater Manchester Museums Group in creation of international touring exhibitions. His business model revolutionised the way regional collections can be used. Building on this experience, he established a partnership of 19 UK museums to create a 300 year history of British Art which then toured to 6 major provincial galleries across China. Bury now represents more than 50 UK galleries in a groundbreaking business partnership model.