Our team is the core of Liverpool Biennial, made up of permanent staff and temporary team members on our trainee programme. Liverpool Biennial is governed by a Board of Directors, and members include arts and business professionals with the expertise and networks to help achieve our mission. You can contact the office at +44 (0)151 709 7444. 

Director - Sally Tallant

From 2001-11 Sally Tallant was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London, where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes. She is a Board Member of the International Biennial Association and a member of the London Regional Council for Arts Council England.

Executive Director - Paul Smith

Paul Smith 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. 


Head of Production and International Projects - Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey

From 2010-14 Francesca was responsible for the Curatorial Projects at Artissima, Turin, and from 2007 to 2009 she led the Curatorial Department of the Hangar Bicocca, Milan. As a freelance producer she has organised projects by Alfredo Jaar, Mark Lewis, Raimundas Malašauskas, and Rosalind Nashashibi under the auspices of the Sharjah Biennial 10 in 2011 and the 55° Biennale di Venezia in 2013, amongst others.

Education Curator - Polly Brannan

Polly is an artist and educator who has produced projects at Frieze Art Fair, Lisbon Experimenta Festival and Nottingham Contemporary, amongst others. She was Collaborations Curator at Studio Voltaire from 2006-9, and Education Curator at Serpentine Gallery from 2011-13. She is co-founder of network Avant Gardening, and was a member of the collective public works from 2005-11.

Assistant Curator - Mels Evers

Before joining Liverpool Biennial, Mels held the position of Curatorial Assistant at the Stedelijk Museum (2012-13) and Contemporary Programme Manager at the Van Gogh Museum (2013-15). Mels developed an interest in curating performance art during his MA in Curatorial Studies. His independent projects have taken place in theaters and galleries, and have included artists such as Maria Hassabi, Travis Boyer and Matthew Lutz-Kinoy.

Head of Research - Joasia Krysa

Joasia holds a collaborative post with Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool John Moores University, where she is Director of Exhibition Research Centre. Formerly, she served as Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark (2012-2015), and part of Documenta 13 curatorial team (2009-2012).  Most recently she edited book (with Jussi Parikka) Writing and Unwriting Media Art History book (MIT Press, 2015) and contributed chapters to The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics (2015) and Networks (MIT Press/Whitechapel 2014).


Director of Development - Julie Lomax

Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1987. Her extensive experience in arts management in the UK included the post of Director of Visual Arts for the London region for Arts Council England, with responsibility for a portfolio of organisations including the Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and Artangel. She joined the Australia Council for the Arts in February 2012, where she was responsible for $13.1 million funding for artists and visual arts organisations.

Development Officer - Rosalind Stockill

Rosalind comes to Liverpool Biennial with experience from artistic and non-profit institutions across Canada and the United Kingdom. Previously, Rosalind led a sales and marketing team at AIESEC McGill and worked as a Sales Coach for AIESEC Canada. She has also spent time within the Development department of La Biennale de Montréal. Rosalind honed an interest in public art during her BA in History and Art History at McGill University.

Marketing & Communications

Communications Officer - Joanne Karcheva

Joanne is passionate about connecting audiences with art through effective marketing and communications campaigns. She graduated with a BA in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). Prior to the Biennial, she worked with various not-for-profit organisations and artists including Chester Performs, Sefton CVS, The Gallery Liverpool and artist Laurence Payot. 

Marketing Consultant - Rachael Bampton-Aiken

Rachael is a strategic marketing specialist in the tourism, leisure, arts and property sectors, with 20 years' experience. Her clients include ACC Liverpool, The Albert Dock, The Beatles Story, Aintree Racecourse and Arrowcroft PLC, amongst others.


PA & Operations Officer - Lucy Bretherton

Since graduating from BA (Hons) Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University in 2015, Lucy has held a range of artistic and administrative roles at institutions such as Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial. Lucy also co-founded 6GINS: an artist-led, continually evolving project space housed at The Royal Standard, where she remains a practicing artist.

Finance Officer - Allison Mottram

Allison has a vast experience of Finance and Management accounts, having previously worked for a range of organisations throughout the North West within the retail and housing sectors. Following her BTEC National Diploma in Accountancy and Bookeeping, Allison studied through the Open University to achieve her AAT and CIMA pq qualifications. She has been at Liverpool Biennial for six years, and will have experienced working on 4 Biennials by 2016.

Finance Assistant - Susan Irons

HR Consultant - Jane Howard