Maria Brewster is a curator, producer and arts consultant. She has worked in strategic roles for and with many arts organisations across the North West, including Liverpool Biennial, Bluecoat and FACT; and with individual artists and grassroots organisations, identifying opportunities and realising ambitious projects with social and artistic impact. Projects include: Granby Winter Garden with Assemble and Granby Four Streets CLT, Homebaked with Jeanne van Heeswijk and Anfield Community for Liverpool Biennial. Head of Collaborations at FACT 1999-2004, she built FACT’s engagement work into a definitive strand of the organisation’s work, curating major new projects by artists including Sonia Boyce and Stephen Willats and first UK commissions by Superflex, Cory Arcangel and Raqs Media Collective. She was previously Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, and a youth arts worker. She is a Trustee of The Royal Standard.
Sue Potts is a development manager with over 20 years’ experience of working in the cultural sector. She is currently p/t Head of Development at Heart of Glass, St Helens, where she is leading a development strategy for the new organisation, building partnerships across the North and developing income generation strategies. From 2011 to 2017, Sue was lead researcher for Culture and Collaborative Practice at LJMU. She developed the impact evaluation system for Liverpool Culture Company’s investment in local arts infrastructure and developed the Canal and Rivers Trust’s Cultural Impact Framework. Sue led the research team for the Gulbenkian Inquiry commission into the Civic Role of the Arts, and the evaluation of the Imagined Museum collaboration between Tate Liverpool, Pompidou Metz and MMK Frankfurt. Sue was the lead researcher on SILO, a major Erasmus+ project exploring supported learning opportunities for hard-to-reach groups through the use of Participatory arts.
Debbie Chan is an independent arts producer, project manager, mentor and facilitator based in Bolton, with over 18 years experience working across the North West in the arts and cultural sector. Her interests revolve around collaboration, creative processes, social engaged practice and the power of play. Projects include: Networked Narratives empowering young people across Burnley, Wigan and Hull to work with artist collective Re-Dock and Turner Prize nominee artist Mark Titchner; The Turnpike Pottery by artist Lindsey Mendick inspired young carers to learn skills in ceramics to create an immersive exhibition for The Turnpike and Lost Castles with French artist Olivier Grossetête.
Niamh Riordan is an artist and writer with a particular interest in food as a material and space for arts practice. She is a Creative Producer for the Human Library.
Laura Yates is a Participation and Engagement specialist and writer. She is Participation Producer for the Human Library where she focusses on good practice in supporting people, on local history and heritage as a mechanism for engagement.