Jayne Knight (Chair) is an experienced arts manager with a reputation for developing effective, collaborative projects that deliver long term change. Major projects include Making Art Work, Amplifier, the Suffolk Creative Learning Collaborative and the development of the New Anglia LEP Cultural Board. She started her career at the Greater London Council and has worked for Four Corners Films, Circles Film distribution and Lincolnshire County Council. She is currently the Arts Development Manager for Suffolk County Council and a Trustee of CLOA.
Sonia Boué has a multiform practice focusing on themes of exile and displacement. She recently collaborated with Tate Britain and made a programme about her work with BBC Radio 4. She runs an online forum for ‘object artists’ called Museum for Object Research and a peer network for neuro-divergent artists called WEBworks. She provides consultancy services to art organisations and university research programmes.
David Cotterrell (Vice Chair) is a London-based installation artist who works across media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a shared and divided world. His work has been commissioned and shown extensively in Europe, the United States and Asia. He is Research Professor of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and is represented by Danielle Arnaud.
Hannah Cross started her professional career in the arts, working in the London Visual Arts Team at Arts Council England before becoming a private giving fundraiser at various art galleries in London. Eventually her interest in technology led her to change direction and retrain as a web developer. Currently she works for a growing start up called NearSt as a software engineer.
Amrita Dhallu (Associate Board member) is a curator and researcher based across Liverpool and London. She provides support structures for emerging British artists of Black and Asian descent, through commissioning and creating peer-led networks. Her current research radically positions care, healing and wellbeing within arts education and exhibition-making, in order for artists to re-think professional development. She currently holds the post of Assistant Curator at Bluecoat, Liverpool.
Skinder Hundal MBE, New Art Exchange’s CEO, is passionate about stimulating new perspectives on the value of diversity in art and society. Most notably, Hundal has successfully led New Art Exchange through a significant period of growth and development, securing 70 percent uplift investment from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, whilst delivering many internationally renowned and culturally diverse exhibitions, partnerships and projects.
Jerome Ince-Mitchell (Chair of a-n Artists Council) graduated in 2019 from the MA Painting programme at the Royal College of Art. He is interested in new ways that artists can work with their communities to facilitate a sustainable sense of agency. Working with painting, installation, curation and performance, his work is rooted in his experiences of living in working class London.
Helen Nisbet is a curator from Shetland, now based in London. She is Artistic Director for Art Night and curates projects across the UK. Helen also sits on the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council Collection and the Advisory Board for Artquest. Her publication ‘It Disappears in Blue and Red and Gold’ was published by Bookworks in 2018.
Simon Pallett (Company Secretary) is an emeritus professor at Newcastle University, where, before his retirement in 2019, he was Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a Chartered Accountant with a wide experience of non-executive roles and financial management in the charitable sector and the arts.
Keith Piper is an artist and academic based in London. His practice dates back to the early 1980s, when as a student he was a founder member of the Blk Art Group, contributing to the development of the ‘British Black Art Movement’. His creative practice spans a range of media from painting to digital interactivity, alongside teaching and curatorial practice.
Anjalika Sagar lives and works in London and is one half of The Otolith Group, founded in 2002 with Kodwo Eshun. The Otolith Group’s research-based work spans moving image, audio, performance, installation, archive and publication. The Group has curated of a wide range of seminal contemporary art exhibitions and programmes that have brought the work of key artists and film makers to attention. In 2010 The Otolith Group was nominated for the Turner Prize.
Nicholas Sharp is a commercial and charity lawyer with extensive experience in private practice, commerce and industry, and the charity and arts sectors. He joined Swan Turton as a consultant in 2006 and previously worked for Slaughter and May, and Cadbury Schweppes PLC. He specialises in advising arts organisations, galleries and artists on contracts, copyright and other legal issues.
1. Jayne Knight. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes
2. Sonia Boué. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes
3. Hannah Cross. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes
4. Amrita Dhallu. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes
5. Skinder Hundal. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes
6. Jerome Ince-Mitchell. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes
7. Helen Nisbet. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes
8. Keith Piper. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes