Staff

Our team is the core of Liverpool Biennial, made up of permanent staff and temporary team members. You can contact the office at +44 (0)151 709 7444 and email info@biennial.com with general enquiries.

Director – Samantha Lackey

Dr Samantha Lackey was Head of Collection and Exhibitions at the Whitworth (University of Manchester), where she was senior lead on the Leadership Team. Previously, she was curator at The Hepworth Wakefield (2010-16) where she delivered 40 exhibitions over 4 years as part of the team that opened the gallery in 2011 to critical acclaim. She received a PhD on the subject of surrealism in 2005, which was the context for her work as a lecturer, research fellow and her first exhibition at the Whitworth, Subversive Spaces: Surrealism and Contemporary Art

Programme

Curator (Liverpool Biennial 2021) – Manuela Moscoso

Manuela Moscoso was the Senior Curator at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. Previously, she was the Associate Curator of the Bienal de Cuenca 12, Ecuador and the Co-Director of Capacete, a residency programme based in Brazil where she also ran the curatorial programme, Typewriter. She is the co-founder of Zarigüeya, a programme that activates relationships between contemporary art and the pre-Columbian collection of the Museo Casa del Alabado, Ecuador.

Curator of Learning – Aimee Harrison 

Aimee is an artist and producer from Liverpool. Prior to the Biennial she was Children and Young People's Producer at Heart of Glass, St Helens and also worked at FACT Liverpool as Learning Coordinator. She completed her MA in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University. She has produced projects working with people from different communities including children and young people, older adults, womxn and people within the criminal justice system.

Liverpool Biennial Professor of Exhibition Research – Joasia Krysa

Joasia is Professor of Exhibition Research and Head of Art & Design at LJMU, with an adjunct position at Liverpool Biennial. She currently serves as curatorial advisor to Helsinki Biennial 2021 and Sapporo Art Triennale (SIAF), Japan. Previously, she was Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, she was part of the Documenta 13 curatorial team and was co-curator of Liverpool Biennial 2016. Her recent publications include Systemics, or Exhibition as a Series (Sternberg Press, 2017) and, with Jussi Parikka, Writing and Unwriting Media Art History (MIT Press 2015). She is also commissioning editor for Liverpool Biennial's online journal Stages.

Producer – Justin O'Shaughnessy

Justin has been facilitating work for over 30 years. Institutional roles with ICA, Rich Mix and Shoreditch Trust sit alongside project-based work with LB Newham, Tate Modern, Notting Hill Carnival, Serpentine Gallery, Frieze Projects, Counterpoints Arts and Art Encounters Foundation. Justin has an MA from CUCR at Goldsmiths and is Professor of Socially Engaged Practice at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has undertaken governance roles for The Learning Trust, Hackney's LEA (2008-12), Open School East (2014- ) and Tate Britain Advisory Committee (2017- )

Programme Manager – Lily Mellor

Lily Mellor completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2013 and Masters in Fine Art (MFA) 2015, both at Northumbria University and whilst working at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Lily went on to join the Biennial as a trainee in the Programme team and then a staff member in the Development team. She joined the Hull City of Culture team in 2017 as Assistant Producer on the Turner Prize at Ferens Art Gallery and went on to be Producer at Absolutely Cultured. In this role, she managed the delivery of ambitious outdoor festivals, a gallery exhibition programme and talent development programmes that focused on enhancing place, sharing untold stories and bringing people together.

Front of House Manager – Jenny Watts

Jenny completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2014 at Lancaster University. Jenny has extensive experience of working for arts organisations in Liverpool, most notably for her integral contribution to the planning and delivery of the 2016 Biennial in her role as Mediation Coordinator. Jenny joins the team from her role as Learning Producer at FACT where she delivered programmes within diverse communities of society, most specifically for older adults and within prisons. Jenny has previously worked within the Front of House team at the Biennale of Sydney and is a co-founder of the Great British Music Camp. She is passionate about inspiring people through all forms of art.

Assistant Curator, Production – James Maxfield

>James previously worked at The Tetley (Leeds) as Programme Coordinator helping deliver the public programme of exhibitions and events. James is co-founder and a member of curatorial collective Mexico which has produced projects for Eastside Projects, Two Queens, and Focal Point Gallery among others, as well as co-producing city-wide arts programme About Time across Leeds in 2015.</p><p>
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James previously worked at The Tetley, Leeds as Programme Coordinator, helping deliver the public programme of exhibitions and events. James is co-founder and a member of curatorial collective Mexico, which has produced projects for Eastside Projects, Two Queens, and Focal Point Gallery among others, as well as co-producing city-wide exhibitions. 

Assistant Curator – Hyun Seo Chaing

Hyun Seo is a curator and cultural producer, whose previous projects include the London Creative Network at SPACE Studios and the 2017-18 Korea/UK season at the Korean Cultural Centre UK. She has independently curated exhibitions across London and is part of PACTO, an international alliance of artists, artistic researchers and writers. Hyun Seo holds an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from SOAS, London.

Assistant Curator, Programme – Abi Mitchell 

Abi is a cultural producer working in contemporary art and music. Her work largely focuses on festivals and their public outreach, and she has previously worked with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Yorkshire Sculpture International. Driven by a desire to make contemporary art/music more public facing, Abi has over seven years' experience in programming and non-formal learning. Outside of institutions, Abi co-directs SPUR, a not-for-profit commission organisation who collaborate with artists to develop experimental programming.

Programme Support Assistant – Kezia Davies

Kezia Davies is an aspiring curator and writer, interested in community engagement and how the arts can be used as a catalyst for socio-political change. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art and an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths. She has independently curated exhibitions and projects across Liverpool, Winchester, and London, collaborating with a range of artists, communities, and galleries. She has previously worked at dot-art, The Winchester Gallery, and helped develop the 2018 Winter Pride Art Awards. She currently writes for The State of the Arts and is an Artist Lead at The Royal Standard, where she develops community focussed projects and exhibitions.

Learning Producer – Jasmine Bertie

Jasmine is a project manager and creative project producer, working with young people and communities for nearly 10 years. Previously working within QUAD Gallery in Derby, as well as managing at Baby People, the UK's first Hip-Hop School, she specialises in engaging marginalised communities and young people to find their own voices within creative practises, connecting them with multiple art disciplines, including contemporary art and music. She is a board member for both Derby Jazz and 1623 Theatre Company.

Learning Assistant – Claire Henderson

Claire graduated in Fine Art from Liverpool Hope University. Her practice focuses on the social, political and spectacle nature of art and she has worked on various projects across Merseyside with local arts communities. She is Artist/Curator at Convenience Gallery, Birkenhead, and has an independent practice around textiles and slogans. Previously Claire was Learning Intern for Tate Liverpool, as well as a Tate Collective Producer. Claire's journey at the Biennial started with her GCSE work experience – since then she has fulfilled the role of volunteer and mediator before joining in her current role.

Learning Support Assistant – Zoe Radford

Zoe graduated in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Kingston School of Art, going on to complete her teacher training in 2020. She has experience of working with young people in a variety of educational environments – including primary and secondary schools, as well as volunteering her support during artist-led workshops at galleries such as Camden Arts Centre. Zoe joins the Biennial after her time working in a school for children with autism, and is passionate about engaging young audiences with contemporary art.

Development

Acting Development Manager – Aoife Robinson

Aoife is an arts fundraiser and project manager. She joined Liverpool Biennial in 2018 after working in Fundraising and Development roles at CFCCA and FACT. Prior to that she graduated from University of Liverpool with a BA in Philosophy and MA in Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions. Outside of work, Aoife is interested in feminism and cultural criticism, and has collaborated with many Liverpool based organisations and grassroots projects to deliver events series around these themes.

Marketing & Communications

Communications & Development Advisor – Catherine Holden

Catherine is a consultant, facilitator and coach, working across brands and marketing; capital and revenue fundraising; organisational change and governance; personal and team development. Her clients include museums, galleries, festivals, performing arts organisations, historic houses and leadership networks. For 25 years Catherine held in-house leadership roles with National Museums Scotland, the Natural History Museum, Tate and the National Theatre. She is Chair of the national development agency Craft Scotland and a trustee of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Press & PR Advisor – Susie Gault

Susie is an independent consultant specialising in strategic communications, media relations, advocacy and stakeholder management in the cultural sector. With over 20 years’ experience, she was previously Head of Communications at the Royal Academy of Arts before setting up her own practice in 2018 to support a range of public and independent cultural institutions across the UK and Toronto.

Digital Content & Marketing Officer – Helena Geilinger

Helena is a digital artist and researcher from Brighton. She has worked for arts organisations in Melbourne, Berlin and London and recently completed her MA in Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions from the University of Liverpool. She is founder of RE:WRITE, a project dedicated to enhancing public understanding of digital technologies. She also co-runs the arts criticism zine un_bound, creates illustrations for local DIY music projects, and is a studio member at CBS Gallery.

Communications & Development Assistant – Helaena Williamson

Helaena graduated in 2020 from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a BA (Hons) in Management of Music, Theatre, Entertainment and Events. She returns to the Biennial after previously completing a marketing internship in 2019. Prior to the Biennial, Helaena assisted in the coordination of events for the Walker Art Gallery and is also the founder of an event series, GURLZ on FILM, created to promote audio–visual practices of womxn in Liverpool.

Operations

Operations Manager – Jade Mitchell 

Before joining the Biennial team, Jade gained administration, operations and finance experience in several third sector organisations including social arts agency Heart of Glass. Outside of this work, Jade has also provided marketing and communications support to small businesses in the North West, including the coordination and management of the digital General Election campaign for Helen Jones MP. 

Head of Finance – 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.

Finance Officer – Dan Bayley 

Dan is AAT Level 3 Qualified and has accountancy experience in the Printing Industry (PM Web Neston), Housing companies (Riverside and SLH), Slater and Gordon Lawyers and Costa Coffee. Previous to this Dan worked in administration roles for companies including Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, Brabners Solicitors, Criminal Records Bureaux and TNT Couriers.

HR Consultant – Jane Howard

Jane began her career as a Civil Servant working on regeneration projects such as the Albert Dock, with one of her first projects being the opening of Tate Liverpool in 1988. She helped set up Liverpool Housing Action Trust where she was Head of HR and Administration, and has been an HR Consultant working in the Arts and Culture field since 2006.