Programme Director, The New Bridge Project
Dawn Bothwell is a curator, writer and musician. Dawn has been the co-director of CIRCA Projects since 2011, which spans exhibition making to independent publishing, commissioning new works and the production of events and performances. She has programmed events at The Northern Charter—a project space focused on live events—since 2012, as well as working as the Curator of ‘Satellite’, Workplace Gallery’s project space from 2009-11. Dawn has also curated an array of projects in Newcastle upon Tyne, including ‘Technothriller’ at the Newbridge Street Space.
Managing Director, Martins the Printers
Chris was born and lives in Berwick upon Tweed. Following many years living overseas working in international manufacturing consultancy he returned to run Martins Book Printers, one of the UK’s last remaining book printer/binders producing a wide range of books for publishers and authors. He is passionate about promoting and raising creativity & innovation in the local area.
May Adadol Ingawanij
Professor of Cinematic Arts at University of Westminster
May Adadol Ingawanij is a writer, curator and teacher, and Professor of Cinematic Arts at University of Westminster where she co-directs the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media. She works on decentred histories and genealogies of cinematic arts; avant-garde legacies in Southeast Asia; forms of potentiality in contemporary artistic and curatorial practices; aesthetics and circulation of artists’ moving image, art and independent films in, around, and beyond Southeast Asia. Recent publications include articles on Karrabing Film Collective, Nguyen Trinh Thi, and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. Curatorial projects include Animistic Apparatus, and Lav Diaz: Journeys. May is writing a book titled Animistic Medium: Contemporary Southeast Asian Artists Moving Image.
Luke W Moody
Luke W Moody is a creative producer and curator developing new cinema and artist’s film with LONO Studio. Previously he was Head of Film at Doc Society, co-commissioning long-form documentary and Director of Film Programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest. He co-founded and curated FRAMES of REPRESENTATION at ICA, London, defining an annual forum for film presentation in the UK that placed discussion, writing and filmmaker reception at the heart of its value system.
Director, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Laura Simpson is the Director of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which provides subsidised access to studios, workshop facilities and residencies for artists; alongside a programme of public courses, discursive events, community engagement and exhibitions. Partners range from Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv; TOKAS, Tokyo; Multi Cultural Family Base, Edinburgh; local primary schools; and National Network of Production Facilities.
Previously she was Programme Manager at Hospitalfield working on residencies, commissions and public events. These have included the work of artists John Smith, Andy Holden, Claire Barclay, James Rigler, Lubaina Himid and Tamara Henderson. In 2015 Hospitalfield organised Graham Fagen’s exhibition for Scotland + Venice at the Venice Biennale. Laura was involved in the Learning Programme with 27 emerging artists and students.
From 2007 – 2013 Laura was Assistant Curator at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee. Laura is a Board Member for Bothy Project and part of the advisory group for Curatorial Studio in 2019 – 20. She was on the jury for the Margaret Tait Film Award (2015 – 2016) and a Board Member for Fife Contemporary Art & Craft (2010 – 2016).
Laura completed an MFA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, then was Chair of the artist-led group Generator in Dundee.
Head of Cinema Operations, Centre for the Moving Image (CMI)
Yvonne Smith is Head of Cinema Operations at Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), incorporating Edinburgh Filmhouse, Belmont Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Responsible for the day-to-day management of Edinburgh’s Filmhouse cinema, Yvonne has significant, expert experience in ticketing systems and audience analysis and works as project lead on Equality Diversity and Inclusion for CMI. Previous experience includes work with Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Citizens Theatre.
Matt Stokes is an artist who has lived, studied and worked in the Northeast of England since 1993.
His practice stems from a long-term inquiry into subcultures, particularly musical ones. He is interested in the way music provides a sense of collectivity, acting as a catalyst for particular groups to form, shaping and influencing people’s lives and identities.
His works are often context-specific; he immerses himself in a setting and area of interest, through which collaborations with informal communities arise. After a process of collecting stories, information and materials related to their histories and values, Stokes produces artworks that depart from his research and take on a conceptual and aesthetic life of their own through films, installations and events.