Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire where she works on Making Histories Possible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art. Eyene is curator of the Summer of Photography 2018 at Bozar, Brussels and artistic director of the 4th International Biennial of Casablanca 2018. She has curated international exhibitions as part of numerous biennials including Printemps de Septembre 2016 (Toulouse, France); EVA International 2016 (Limerick, Ireland); Format International Photography Festival 2015 (Nottingham, UK); Summer of Photography 2014 (Brussels, Belgium); 10th Dak’Art Biennial 2012 (Dakar, Senegal); 3rd Photoquai Biennial of World Images 2011 (Paris, France). Her areas of research and curatorial practice range from contemporary African and Diaspora arts, Black British arts, gendered art discourses, to non-object-based art practices notably sound art. Other interests include: urban cultures, music, design and socially-engaged initiatives.
Hilary Robinson’s teaching and research focuses on feminist art theory. Her publications include Visibly Female: Women and Art Today (1987); Reading Art, Reading Irigaray: The Politics of Art by Women (2006); Feminism-Art-Theory 1968-2014 (2015). Hilary’s academic career has been in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Pittsburgh PA, USA; and London, England. At the University of Ulster (1992-2005) she taught art theory to studio students. She became Research Co-ordinator and subsequently Head of School for Art & Design. In 2005 Hilary was appointed Dean, College of Fine Arts and Professor of Art Theory and Criticism, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA. She moved back to the UK in 2012 to take up the position of Dean, School of Art and Design, Middlesex University for a four-year term. She is presently on the advisory board for the AHRC-funded research project Black Arts and Modernism. Read more about Hilary here.
Mark Doyle has a BA Hons in Art History & Architecture from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester.
He has over 10 years curatorial experience working as Curator of The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton (2000-2005) and the Curator (Contemporary Exhibitions) at The Lowry in Salford (2005-2009).
From 2009 to 2015 Mark worked in a development capacity for the Contemporary Art Society on a pioneering pilot initiative funded by Arts Council England to develop the audience for contemporary art and collecting in the North of England. Mark is currently Art Gallery Curator & Collections Manager at Touchstones Rochdale. On starting in post Mark revised the exhibitions and acquisitions policy at the gallery to build on historic strengths and focus on 3 key strands including showcasing and supporting female artists. Major shows have already been staged including Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Clare Kenny, Susan Collis and Jessica Rankin with more to come. The gallery is also currently in receipt of an Art Fund new collecting award to build its collection of women artists.
Lubaina Himid is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. During the past 30 years she has exhibited widely, both in Britain and Internationally, with solo shows that include Tate St Ives, Transmission Glasgow, Chisenhale London, Peg Alston New York and St Jorgens Museum in Bergen. Lubaina represented Britain at the 5th Havana Biennale and has shown work at the Studio Museum in New York, Track 17 in Los Angeles, the Fine Art Academy in Vienna and the Grazer Kunstverein. Himid’s work can be found in public collections including Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Whitworth Art gallery, Arts Council England, Manchester Art Gallery, The International Slavery Museum Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bolton Art Gallery, New Hall Cambridge and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston. Lubaina won the Turner Prize 2017.
Ella S. Mills
Ella S Mills is an Art Historian based in the South-West whose research focuses on the work of British artists Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Ingrid Pollard and Maud Sulter. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher undertaking Artist Interviews with the AHRC Black Artists and Modernism project led by Sonia Boyce RA (University of the Arts London and Middlesex University). Ella’s independent research focuses on the work of Lubaina Himid and the exhibition she organised at Tate Britain in 2011, Thin Black L|ne(s). Drawing from Himid’s discussions of conversations, Ella is developing new approaches to interviewing artists focused more on a methodology of listening. She is also a resident of Kaleider, an organisation based in Exeter, which brings people together to design, promote and produce art and extraordinary live experiences.
Read more about the Imbalance Redressed talk at The Harris