The current steering group is formed by:
Sarah Brown is Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery since 2010. She is responsible for the temporary exhibition programme and chairs the prestigious Northern Art Prize award for artists living and working in the North. She speaks regularly on contemporary artists work and contributes to publications. She studied History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies and MA Museology at Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts. Since graduating she has worked at Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery, University of Cambridge, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and for The Culture Company, Leeds, Harewood House Trust, York Museums Trust and Huddersfield Art Gallery. She is also a member to the Museums Association, the Twentieth Century Society and IKT (The International Association of Curators since 2001)
Lydia Catterall is a visual artist and creative doer. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2013 and was keen to continue contributing to the exciting and ever-expanding creative activity happening in Leeds beyond studying. Her practice is concerned with creating platforms for proactive discussion, springboards for new networks to form and places for sharing skills. She seeks to be part of interdisciplinary collaborations in the hope of contributing to results more than the sum of their parts. Lydia is also Project Coordinator at East Street Arts, focusing on the development their annual Open Studios event.
Lester Drake is a Visual Artist who uses Painting, Montage and Installation to explore Phenomenological and Existential concepts. Lester works for East Street Arts helping to maintain and coordinate their Temporary Spaces programme. Additionally he has founded Dilate, a visual arts publication, and Assembly House, an Artist studio based in Armley. These projects hope to build a thriving community of artists, within an environment that encourages critical engagement and continued learning as part of artistic practice.
Hondartza Fraga is a visual artist and also programme assistant at East Street Arts. In her art practice she works mainly with drawing and video, exploring the relationship between home and elsewhere. She also runs an art space in Spain (pocagallery) and during 2013 she is Leverhulme Trust’s artist in residence at the Maritime Historical Studies Department at the University of Hull.
Moira Innes runs her own consultancy business Contemporary Art + Place offering project management, professional development and curation. Her experience is drawn from previous roles including Director of Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre and a range of freelance and employed positions as curator and lecturer in Higher Education. She was a Co-director of Situation Leeds which ran festivals of art in the public realm in 2005 and 2007. She sits on the steering committee of Leeds Inspired.
Lorna Johnson is a visual artist (Lorna Barrowclough), freelance prop stylist working mainly with retail clients and is also the volunteers coordinator for East Street Arts. Her arts practice predominantly works within sculpture, collage and photography allowing her work to be inclusive and experimental. Her work as a whole actively seeks out more commonplace materials, acknowledges already formed associations with these materials or objects, but offers an open approach to the materials/objects and methods that are being utilised. Lorna exhibits both nationally and internationally.
Abi Moffat is a visual artist and is currently undertaking a one year residency at Leeds College of Art. Using paint as her prime medium, her work situates itself as a representation of the ambiguous. Her work is influenced by the history of painting, in particular the evolving nature of abstraction within this medium. Interested in chance outcomes formed from the utilisation of abstract methods, her paintings involve the aesthetics of transcendental forms through the application of expression, gesture and emotion.
Clare Nadal is a young Sheffield based curator and arts writer. She graduated from Durham University in 2011 with a BA in English Literature. She has spent the last year as Curatorial Trainee at South Square Gallery, Thornton in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield. As the culmination of her one year traineeship, she developed the curatorial project ‘My Head is an Animal’ which showcased at South Square in December 2013, and for which she successfully secured Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding. A keen musician and writer, Clare’s curatorial practice is always influenced by her wider cultural interests as she aims to adopt a cross-disciplinary inclusive approach to curating contemporary art, encouraging collaborative methods of working. Clare also works for the Showroom & Workstation in Sheffield and is an active member of the Yorkshire Curators’ Group.
Gill Park is Director of Pavilion, a visual arts commissioning organisation that explores the relationship between contemporary art and its politics. Through Pavilion she has produced and programmed work with artists including Lucy Skaer, Aurelien Froment, Elizabeth Price, Hito Steyerl, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc and Celine Condorelli. She previously worked at the Arts Council Collection where she carried out exhibitions research for Unpopular Culture, curated by Grayson Perry and solo shows by Tanja Kovats and Karla Black. Gill occasionally writes and presents on contemporary art.
Zoë Sawyer Has worked at PSL since 2007, she currently works as full-time Curator. Since 2008 she has curated and co-curated projects, events and exhibitions at PSL including Morphic Resonance, The Drawing Shed, Soup and Cinema, Hunter Gatherer and Peering Sideways. She has an active independent curatorial practice and is co-founder and curator of theartmarket & kunstfreund gallery– a Leeds based artist-led curatorial project/ artspace/ art bookshop initiated in 2006. theartmarket&kunstfreund micro-bookshop has been resident at PSL since 2009. As an artist she has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK and America. She a co-founder and co-curator of Mexico, a new art-space and project in Leeds city centre which began in September 2011.