Laurie Peake

Laurie Peake is Programme Director for the Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art, the largest international contemporary art festival in the UK and one of its most innovative public art commissioning bodies.

Laurie has over twenty years experience of facilitating collaborations between artists and public in the context of urban regeneration.

Starting her career at the Tate Gallery in London, she was part of a small team that developed an innovative education and public programme at Tate Gallery Liverpool on the Albert Dock in what is often cited as the UK’s first regeneration project to use culture as its driver. She went on to develop a similarly successful programme at Camden Art Centre, London and followed this with a period as Visual Arts Officer at Arts Council, North West.

For the past eight years Laurie has worked in collaboration with partners to deliver transformational commissions in public spaces across Merseyside. Past projects include Jaume Plensa’s Dream in St Helens, Richard Wilson’s Turning the Place Over in Liverpool, Antony Gormley’s installation Another Place on Crosby Beach and 2 Up 2 Down in Anfield/Breckfield, working with Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk.

Laurie currently sits on the Board of Mid-Pennine Arts and holds an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art.


Laurie Peake

 

Paul Stolper

Paul Stolper is Director of leading contemporary galleries Paul Stolper Gallery, London and Stolper + Friends in Oslo, he has worked directly with contemporary artists for over a decade.

Paul opened his first permanent space, Gallery A22 in the late 90’s followed by the pop-up Cab Gallery. He collaborates with artists such as Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk as well as supporting emerging British and International artists.

Paul Stolper Gallery is currently located in Museum St, London. The inaugural show at this space was ‘Peter Saville: Accessories to an Artwork; opening in October 2008. Recent exhibitions include;

Damien Hirst‘s ‘New Religion’ a touring exhibition staged in collaboration with the British Council and a major work by the artist consisting of 44 silkscreen prints and four sculptures.

The Snap Portfolio - a unique collection of twelve large-scale prints by artists Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Juergen Teller, Abigail Lane, Cerith Wyn Evans, Don Brown, Darren Almond, Simon Liddiment, Julian Simmons, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Russell Haswell and Mark.

The current exhibiton features new works by artist Mit Senoj and sees the launch of ‘The Silence Between’. Curated by Paul Stolper and composer Adrian Corker the project comprises of a series of shows over twelve months using sound to involve and include the gallery space.


Paul Stolper

 

Mike Chavez-Dawson

Mike Chavez-Dawson is an artist curator based at Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester. His artwork fluctuates between art curation and performance art. Chavez-Dawson was the visual arts editor and FLUX SPACE curator for FLUX Magazine for over a decade.

He curated and instigated the critically acclaimed Unrealised Potential show and more recently the David Shrigley solo show titled ‘HOW ARE YOU FEELING?’ for the Cornerhouse, (2012-2013).

Chavez-Dawson he is a PhD research fellow at MMU, MIRIAD, and has exhibited and performed at TATE Britain, Barbican, ICA, Cornerhouse, The Whitworth Art Gallery, British Art Show 7 at Nottingham Contemporary and The Whitstable Biennale (2008). He has also had numerous international shows and projects in Rome, New York, Sans Francisco, Lisbon, Seoul and Helsinki.


Mike Chavez-Dawson

 

Iain Andrews

Iain Andrews is a Manchester based painter who has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating in 2000.

After graduating from the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth) with a BA in Fine Art in 1996 and an MA in Painting in 1998, Andrews received a PG Dip in Art Psychotherapy from Sheffield University in 2000. He is represented by London-based gallery Man&Eve.

In 2011 Iain was a finalist in the Jerwood Drawing Prize, First Prize Winner of the Marmite Painting Prize and North West Region prize winner
 of the National Art Open. He was also longlisted for The Northern Art Prize 2013.

He has had solo shows in the midlands and northwest England and numerous group shows both in the UK and abroad. He has works in numerous private collections in the UK and has completed large-scale commissions for St. Paul's Church, Walsall and Trinity High School, Manchester, where he is currently Artist in residence and an Art Psychotherapist.


Iain Andrews