Amira  Gad

Sue Arrowsmith

Ian Davenport was born in Kent in 1966 is one of Britain’s leading abstract painters and printmakers.


He graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art, London, in 1988 and as one of the generation of Young British Artists, he participated in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and since then has exhibited internationally and undertaken numerous large scale site-specific paintings, including the 50m long mural, Poured Lines: Southwark Street, under the Western Bridge on Southwark Street, London. 


Davenport's work is held in numerous public collections, including the Arts Council Collection, London, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, Tate Gallery, London, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, Weltkunst Collection, Zurich, and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, La Spezia, Italy. 


Ian Davenport

Amira  Gad

Amira Gad is currently Exhibitions Curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior to this, Gad was Managing Curator/Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam where she worked from 2009 to 2014. At Witte de With, Gad was Project Manager of Alexandre Singh’s play The Humans and organized the exhibition The Temptation of AA Bronson (both in 2013); as well as I am for an art criticism that… (2012) a two-day symposium presented at Witte de With and at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; curated Short Big Drama, a solo exhibition of Angela Bulloch (2012); among other projects.


Most recently, she has curated the group exhibition Blue Times (2014-2015) at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna. Gad has contributed, produced and has been editor of several publications including: Rotterdam South – Home, an artist book by Erik van Lieshout (2014); The Crime Was Almost Perfect (2014); Morality in Fragments (2014); Angela Bulloch (2012); and Rotterdam–Sensitive Times (2013) by Lidwien van de Ven. Gad is also Correspondent Editor for Ibraaz (, an online magazine dedicated to visual art and culture in the Middle East and North Africa.


Amira Gad

Margot Heller OBE

Margot Heller
joined the South London Gallery (SLG) as Director in 2001 and, since then, she has led the organisation through significant change and expansion in terms of its programmes, building and staff. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the SLG including those with Chris Burden, Ellen Gallagher, Ryan Gander, Oscar Murillo, Tatiana Trouvé and Lawrence Weiner among others.


Prior to joining the South London Gallery, Margot was a freelance curator (1998 - 2000) and Director of Exhibitions at Anthony d’Offay Gallery (1996-1998). Between 1989 and 1996, she worked for Southampton City Art Gallery: joining as Assistant Curator before becoming Curator and then Director. She served two terms on the Government Art Collection Committee for six years, was a judge for the 2006 Turner Prize and was made a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2007. In 2014, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to the arts and was an advisor for the 2015 Venice Biennale Selection Committee.


Margot Heller OBE

Helen Phelby

Helen Pheby is Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an international centre for modern and contemporary art set in 500 acres of historic estate parkland with four indoor galleries and an 18th-century chapel. YSP curates a changing programme of exhibitions and projects, in 2014 including Amar Kanwar, Tom Price, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Ai Weiwei, Fiona Banner, Tracey Emin and Martin Creed alongside displays of around forty long-term loans by artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley and Julian Opie. There are site-specific interventions in the landscape by James Turrell, Hemali Bhuta, Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and Sol LeWitt.


Helen’s PhD thesis examined case studies of international sculpture in relation to ‘public’, engagement, and the articulation of place; she now works with communities worldwide including with ArtRole to facilitate cultural exchange with Kurdistan-Iraq and with Creative India. She co-curated the first Kyiv Sculpture Project in 2012, which coincided with the City's first biennial and was experienced by over 600,000 visitors in one month.


Helen is regularly invited to contribute at international conferences and by the media and she is recently published within Sophie Ernst: Home 2012; Miró: Sculptor 2012; James Capper: Divisions 2013 and Jordan McKenzie 2014.


Helen Pheby