Nicola Coleby has been organising exhibitions for twenty years, initially in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council and subsequently at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, where she is Keeper of Exhibitions. She has worked on a wide variety of shows, ranging from contemporary art commissions such as A Dark Day in Paradise: an installation by Clare Twomey in the Royal Pavilion in 2010-11, to thematic and historical shows such as Radical Bloomsbury (Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 2011). Nicola has a particular interest in contemporary art, working with artists in variety of ways, including installations and commissions beyond the exhibition galleries. She is a trustee of Brighton’s Artists Open Houses and its partner festival House, which commissions work from contemporary artists, and is on the Executive Committee of the Touring Exhibitions Group. She has written for books and magazines, as well as editing, translating and producing exhibition catalogues.
Susan Diab is a practising artist who completed her degree in Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Brighton in 1995 where she is now a Senior Lecturer on the Critical Fine Art Practice course. She has a strong regional career profile working as a freelance artist in a number of contexts crossing the divide between studio- and collaboration-based activities. These have included public commissions, artist-led initiatives, outreach projects and open studios. Art galleries and organisations she has worked with include: Reg Vardy Galley, National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Fabrica Gallery, Brighton; Towner, Eastbourne; Hove Museum and Art Gallery; Brighton Museum; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; John Hansard, City Art Gallery, Millais Gallery, Southampton; Hastings Museum and Art Gallery; Modern Art Oxford; OVADA, South Hill Park, Bracknell; Turner Contemporary, Margate.
Jill Seddon is a writer and academic. Jill has participated in a long-term collaboration with the Regency Town House restoration project in Brunswick Square, Hove, investigating the function and signification of visual imagery in Regency interiors. Since 2006, Jill has been Principal Investigator on the team researching the public sculptures of Sussex as part of the Public Sculpture and Monuments Association’s national recording project. She is particularly interested nineteenth and twentieth century decorative arts and contemporary crafts, particularly in relation to gender issues.
Jo Wiltcher has worked at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery since 2003 and was appointed Manager in 2008 with a remit to establish an innovative and high quality customer focussed service. During that time, she has raised the profile of the museum through projects such as working with comedian Vic Reeves to curate his first museum exhibition. In 2010 Jo developed and lead the innovative touring exhibition ‘Kentish Delights’ on behalf of MLA Renaissance South East. Jo has a strong belief in the power of museums to change lives and is passionate about making collections relevant and accessible to all. Having originally trained as a theatrical costume maker, costume continues to be her passion. Jo has been able to indulge her interest in historic costume by curating the fantastic collection at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery.
Professor Simon Olding is a writer and curator with 30 years experience in the arts and museums sectors. His previous posts include Director of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and Director of Policy and Research, Heritage Lottery Fund. He is currently Director of the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts. Recent books include The Etchings of Bernard Leach and The Art of R.J. LLoyd. Simon is a Trustee of The Leach Pottery, President of Walford Mill Craft Centre and an artistic assessor for Arts Council England.