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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.
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Clare GomezAssistant Director
Clare supports the implementation of the creative and strategic development of Workplace Foundation. This includes management of the exhibition programme, fundraising, community engagement, finance and policies and procedures. Clare has previously worked as Collection & Exhibitions Registrar, Hepworth Wakefield; and Studio & Programme Coordinator, The NewBridge Project. She has also held postions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Hatton Gallery, AV Festival and Northern Film & Media.
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Max LeeGeneral Manager
Max is a member of the Senior Management Team of Workplace Foundation and ensures the smooth and efficient administrative and operational running of the organisation. Max's role includes team and building management, visitor experience and supporting operational budgeting and bookeeping.
Max is also co-director of Slugtown, an artist-led gallery based in Newcastle. He was previously co-founder of M I L K Collective and lives and works in Newcastle.
Caitlin MilneFront of House Assistant
Caitlin is responsible for providing a warm welcome to all visitors and ensuring the smooth and safe day-to-day running of our two gallery spaces, library and communal area. She supports the full team by assisting on a range of administrative and marketing tasks.
Caitlin recently graduated from the MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies course at Newcastle University. She is interested in making the arts more inclusive to those who are underrepresented.
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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 Southwark Park Galleries, 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.
Ryan Gander OBE RA
Ryan Gander has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms, ranging from sculpture, apparel and writing to architecture, painting, typefaces, publications and performance. As well as curating exhibitions, he is a committed educator, having taught at international art institutions and universities, and has written and presented television programmes on and about contemporary art and culture for the BBC. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, as well as a reinvention of both the modes of appearance and the creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, or a network with multiple connections and the fragments of an embedded story. It is ultimately a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own associations and invent their own narrative in order to unravel the complexities staged by the artist. Ryan Gander is an artist living and working in Suffolk and London. He studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL and the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL. The artist has been a Professor of Visual Art at the University of Huddersfield and holds an honorary Doctor of the Arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Suffolk. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to contemporary arts. In 2019 he was awarded the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. In 2022, he was made RA Elect for the category of Sculpture.
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.
Maria H. Loh
Maria H. Loh is Professor in Art History at CUNY Hunter College. She holds a BA in History from McGill University (1993), a Certificat des Études from the École Régionale des Beaux Arts in Rennes (1995), a Licence in Art History from the Université de Rennes II (1996), and her MA/PhD in Art History from University of Toronto (2003). She was a predoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute (2000-2002), the Joanna Randall-MacIver Junior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College Oxford (2003-2004), the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2007-2009), the Willis F. Doney Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2012-2013), Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti / Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2018), and a NEH Public Scholar (2021-2022). Prior to joining CUNY, she taught in the Department of History of Art at University College London for over a decade. She is the author of three books—Titian Remade. Repetition and the Transformation of Early Modern Italian Art (Getty Research Institute, 2007); Still Lives. Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master (Princeton, 2015); and Titian’s Touch. Art, Magic, & Philosophy (Reaktion, 2019)—and the editor of two special issues of the Oxford Art Journal—Early Modern Horror (Oxford, 2011) and Mal’occhio: Looking Awry at the Renaissance (co-edited with Patricia Rubin, Oxford, 2009). She is a regular contributor to Art in America and has also written on: portraiture and loss; “special affect” in early modern painting and sculpture; melancholia and the Renaissance in Ottocento Italy; remakes in Chinese cinema; repetition in Hitchcock’s Vertigo; and the work of Sherrie Levine. Her fourth book Liquid Sky will explore visual representations of the early modern sky. She lives and works in New York and London.
Maitreyi Maheshwari is Head of Programme at FACT, Liverpool where she is responsible for overseeing their programme of exhibitions, residencies and events. Previous to this Maitreyi was Programme Director at Zabludowicz Collection in London. Maitreyi has also previously worked on the interaction programme at Artangel and the youth programme at Tate Modern.
Paul Smith is a musician best known as the singer for the British indie rock group Maxïmo Park. He attended Newcastle University completing a BA and MA. Maxïmo Park released their debut album on Warp Records in 2005 and Smith continues to perform and record with the band. Away from the band, he has collaborated with poet Lavinia Greenlaw, composed a cappella piece of music for Great North Run Culture, released and toured his debut solo album Margins, published Thinking In Pictures, guest edited 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'.