They are individuals with the skills and expertise to contribute to identifying talent, and supporting selection and decision making processes. With their specific art form and discipline knowledge, they represent our ears and eyes across the UK providing a current perspective on artists, artistic groups and arts organisations, and helping us to deepen our impact. They are a key part of our push for greater openness, increased national reach and broadening of our taste. Over the next year, we will continue to grow this pool which speaks to the diversity of practice, place and people we support.
In selecting our Artist Advisers we prioritise independent artists, curators and producers who work outside institutional contexts and are largely beyond our funding focus on the first 10 years of establishing a professional practice. We look for people who are actively engaged in wider debates and contexts around their practice.
The first Artist Advisers were announced on 4 March 2019 and are:
Raymond Antrobus; Dawinder Bansal; Sud Basu; Dickie Beau; Kelly Best; Emma Bettridge; Andy Brunskill; Season Butler; Kate Craddock; Liam Crichton; Dan Daw; Ellie Dubois; Rosie Elnile; Tom Emery; Vivienne Franzmann; Rebecca Frecknall; Emma Frankland; Thomas Goddard; Sam Groves; Jackie Hagan; Elayce Ismail; Jasleen Kaur; Shama Khanna; Soweto Kinch; Gillie Kleiman; Tina Koch; Richard Lavery; Kevin Le Gendre; Toni Lewis; Brian Logan; Rachel Maclean; Tom Marshman; Amber Massie-Blomfield; Martel Ollerenshaw; Hetain Patel; Heather Phillipson; Antonio Roberts; Giles Round; Sam Ruddock; Hrair Sarkissian; Aaron Schuman; Katie Schwab; Hannah Starkey; Nikesh Shukla; Gary Thomas; Nikki Tomlinson; Clare Twomey; George Vasey; Megan Vaughan; Errollyn Wallen; Holly Willats; and Caroline Williams.
Further Artist Advisers were appointed in June 2019 and are:
David Blandy; Tiffany Boyle; Emma Cameron; Jessica Carden; Seán Elder; Serena Korda; Jane Morrow; Tom Piper; Joshua Pharo; Rehana Zaman; Nicola Singh; Deborah Smith; and Mike Stubbs.
See them in pictures here.
Our initial appointments focused on those who already had a connection to our work to support us with piloting this new way of working. In growing the pool of Artist Advisers we are keen to move beyond those we know to fill the gaps and ensure we achieve what we have set out to do over the coming years.
If you would like to be considered as an Artist Adviser, please email Jon Opie.
What they do
- Provide specific art form and discipline expertise;
- Participate in assessing, shortlisting and panel decision making across our work;
- Help promote our funding opportunities, enabling us to reach and encourage applications including from those who may not have previously considered applying to us;
- Challenge us to think differently and question our assumptions.
Being an Artist Adviser is an honorary role. However in line with Our Principles we will pay them on a case by case basis for their participation in assessment, shortlisting and panel decision making work. Artist Advisers do not have privileged access to our funding and do not receive specialist application advice. We also operate a conflict of interest policy for Artist Advisers.