Louise Coysh

Co-Chair, Visual Arts South West (VASW).

Louise joined the University of Southampton as its first Associate Director, Arts and Culture in 2016. Working with the University’s John Hansard Gallery, Turner Sims Southampton and through partnerships, she leads on delivery of the University’s arts and cultural strategy. With a background in visual art and curating, Louise has specialised in working with artists and communities on realising ambitious collaborative projects, interventions and dynamic public programmes located outside the gallery. Past roles include Senior Curator at Art on the Underground, TfL (2008–16), Project Curator (2004–8) at the Serpentine Gallery, London and Magazine Co-ordinator at an: The Artist Information Company (1998–2001). In 2017 she was a selector for Plymouth Contemporary. She is a member of Arts Council England’s South West Area Council.

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Jamie Eastman

Co-Chair, Visual Arts South West (VASW)

University of Bath, Non-NPO, including The Edge | The Andrew Brownsword Academy, Somerset

Jamie has an accomplished career in arts and culture most especially in contemporary art, performance and music. Before joining Bath as Director of Arts & Culture, Jamie held senior roles at Lancaster University, Arnolfini, Bristol and the ICA, London with responsibility for artistic, strategic and operational direction.


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Paula Orrell

Coordinator, Visual Arts South West (VASW).

Paula is a forward-thinking and experienced leader. She previously worked as Relationship Manager, Visual Arts for Arts Council England in the South West. Paula is passionate about supporting the creation of exceptional visual arts and the development of emerging and established visual artists. She has developed a wealth of national and international experience to support that passion, including in Plymouth as a Curator and Artistic Director, and in New Zealand as Artistic Director and Principal Curator of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Christchurch.

She has helped to establish the careers of many younger artists and worked with a diverse range of established artists, including Marina Abramović, Lucy Orta, Roy Ascott, Lisa Reihana, John Akomfrah, Melanie Manchot, Tom Dale, Cadu, and Ultra Red. Art ecology and community are central to her work, as well as a socially engaged approach.

To see more of Paula’s work with VASW, follow her Twitter here, or send her an email: paula@vasw.org.uk