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Tom Wilcox is a Senior Partner of Counterculture LLP.
Tom’s professional interests are in helping creative organisations and individuals to thrive while making and presenting great art and cultural projects. His specialisms include strategic and business planning, finance, governance, commercial operations and capital projects. Tom’s clients include the ICA, Clore Leadership Programme, King’s College London, Lakeland Arts, De La Warr Pavilion and LIFT.
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Robert DevereuxDeputy Chair
After graduating from Cambridge University, Robert Devereux worked with Amnesty International and Macmillan Publishers before joining Virgin in 1980 as Richard Branson's partner. He established the entertainment division of the company of which he was Chairman, which included the creation of Virgin Vision, in its day Europe's leading film and video producer and distributor, the launching of Virgin Radio, Virgin Net, Virgin Interactive Entertainment and masterminding the purchase of Virgin Cinemas.
Judith Carlton Is Director of CGP Gallery, Southwark, London. Carlton was assistant director at non-profit Matt’s Gallery, London, and was previously gallery manager at Cubitt Gallery and Studios, London. She has also held positions at the Serpentine Galleries, London, and Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. A publicly funded organisation, CGP London was founded in the 1984 by the Bermondsey Artists’ Group, and now encompasses the modernist exhibition space Café Gallery and Dilston Grove, a poured-concrete church converted into an exhibition space, both located in Southwark Park, Bermondsey.
Maitreyi Maheshwari is Head of Programme at FACT, Liverpool. Previous to this Maitreyi was Programme Director at Zabludowicz Collection in London. Responsible for overseeing their programme of exhibitions, residencies and events, Maitreyi has also previously worked on the interaction programme at Artangel and the youth programme at Tate Modern.
Professor Dean Hughes
Born in Manchester (1974) and educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Dean Hughes is an artist and academic leader, currently based in Newcastle. Specialised with the ordinary and the unassuming, Hughes engages with the banality of everyday items by replacing their primary function with new meanings, bearing witness to the artist’s own history. Dean Hughes employs commonplace articles - bus tickets, gumstrip, ruled paper, puddles - to symbolise small transactions with the material world. Dean is Deputy Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor for Arts Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University.
Paul Smith is a musician best known as the singer for the British indie rock group Maxïmo Park. Smith is the eldest of three children, and was educated at Northfield School. He briefly worked as an art teacher at Stockton Riverside College before he was asked to join the band. He attended Newcastle University completing a BA and MA following a 1-year Foundation Studies course at Cleveland College of Art & Design in Hartlepool. Maxïmo Park released their debut album on Warp Records in 2005 and Smith continues to perform and record with the band. He is known for his energetic and passionate performances. Away from the band, he has collaborated with poet Lavinia Greenlaw on a musical adaptation of her poem, 'Essex Kiss', as well as composing a 26-minute a cappella piece of music for Great North Run Culture. The work is entitled, 'A Mind Full Of Nothing But Continue' and was performed live in 2013 at Sage Gateshead. Paul Smith released his debut solo album, Margins in 2010, before undertaking a full European and UK tour. Alongside this release, his first photographic book, Thinking In Pictures, was released, too, featuring 74 Polaroids taken over 6 years. Recently he appeared as a guest editor for The Mays XIX and was an artistic advisor for the 2013 Festival Of The North East.In 2014 Smith teamed up with Field Music singer Peter Brewis to record an album, 'Frozen By Sight', derived from his travel writing and featuring string arrangements by Brewis.
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Miles ThurlowCo-founder & Director
Miles Thurlow (b 1975, Colchester, Essex) studied BA Fine Art Sculpture at Loughborough College of Art before completing his MFA in Fine Art at Newcastle University in 2000. Deciding to stay in the Northeast of England, Miles set up Workplace with another ex Newcastle Fine Art student Paul Moss In 2002, and they opened their first gallery in Gateshead Town Centre beneath the 1960’s Brutalist masterpiece ‘The Get Carter Car Park’ in 2004.
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Paul Moss (1975 - 2019) and Miles Thurlow opened their first gallery in Gateshead Town Centre beneath the 1960’s Brutalist masterpiece ‘The Get Carter Car Park’ in 2004. In 2017 Miles and Paul founded Workplace Foundation, a Charity supporting emerging and under-represented artists based outside of London with a specific focus on the North. Sadly, Paul Moss died on 14th February 2019 after complications arising from Wiskott Aldrich syndrome. For further information on Paul please click here