Co-Chair, CVAN NW
Sue is an artist and director of the not-for-profit arts organisation Green Close, which she co-founded and has led since 1996. Based in North Lancashire on the periphery of Cumbria and Yorkshire, she has a strong track record of managing often-complex publicly funded multi-disciplinary projects, developing programmes using her socially engaged arts practice as a bedrock for developing understanding of contemporary arts practice.
In 2012 Sue led the highly successful Lancashire Witches 400 Programme, which attracted audiences of 68,000 people and engagement of nearly 4,000; exploring the history of the Lancashire Witch trials of 1612, examining how this history informs our understanding of the contemporary issues of scapegoating, bullying and witchcraft accusations today.
Sue is a founding member of the Lancaster Arts Partnership, www.artscity.co.uk. She chaired the partnership for three years, during which she led on the establishment of the successful Light Up Lancaster initiative. As an artist she is drawn to understanding the minutiae of a place: hidden details, forgotten truths, undiscovered stories and threatened species. “I use artistic processes to explore how we respond to ever-changing realities, in the hope that my work opens up new dialogues and understanding.”
She is currently working closely with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to embed more arts and heritage engagement opportunities within mental health recovery programmes. She has worked widely across the UK and internationally, creating art commissions for the Aalborg Triennial, Denmark, Parc du Pilat, France and Toluca University, México.
Cream of the Crop: Case studies in good practice in arts development in rural areas.
ACE 2004: Creating Memories Building.
Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic.
Dr Alan Rice, 2010: On Being Curious: New Critical Writing on Contemporary Art from the North-West of England, 2016.
Co-Chair CVAN NW
Kate Jesson is Curator at Manchester Art Gallery. Kate has curated numerous major exhibitions including Ryan Gander ‘Review / re-view’ (2014), and Pat Flynn, ‘Half-Life of a Miracle’ (2015). She recently co-curated ‘Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers’ with Martin Parr. Kate is a board member of Castlefield Gallery.
Co-Chair, CVAN NW
Paul is the Executive Director of the Liverpool Biennial. He has extensive experience of both the arts and business in the UK and the US, having worked with organisations including Bank of America, Abbey National, Belfast Waterfront Hall, The Grand Opera House, and Prime Cut Productions. He has also worked in politics in Northern Ireland and for Arts & Business.
Co-Chair, CVAN NW
Elaine is a curator and research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire. Elaine’s curatorial practice is concerned with the capacity of art to interrogate, mediate and critique the connections between people and place. Since 2005, she has co-curated In Certain Places, an artistic research project, which explores new and creative ways of informing the future of places through an ongoing programme of artistic interventions within the City of Preston.
Elaine has written about place-based art and curatorial practice for various publications including Engage (2015), Public Art Dialogue (2017) and The Everyday Practice of Public Art (2015, Routledge).
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Holly Rowan Hesson
CVAN NW Network Manager
Holly has been working freelance focussing on project management and marketing contracts for a wide range of clients across the public, private and third sectors since 2006. Prior to that Holly spent over ten years working in management roles in complex and multi-stakeholder partnership environments including across arts, cultural, creative, media and digital industries; education, skills, business support, innovation, knowledge transfer and economic development; regeneration, environment, housing and sustainable communities; marketing and PR; charities and voluntary sector and service sector and retail.
Holly is also a practising critically-engaged visual artist. She is a Member and Board Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and has an MA in Contemporary Fine Art.