Sharon Bailey Executive Co-Director and Board Membersharon@isisarts.org.uk
Sharon is an artist and has many years of arts development, management and co-ordination experience with specialist knowledge of visual and media arts practice.
She is a founder member and Director of ISIS Arts where she oversees programme development and initiates projects with a range of regional and international partners.
She is committed to socially engaged practice and is a successful freelance photographer best known for her work with older people and migrant groups. She has carried out many commissions and residencies in the region and has published two books.
Clymene Christoforou Executive Co-Director and Board Memberclymene@isisarts.org.uk
Clymene is a director and founder member of ISIS Arts; she is responsible for company and programme development. Clymene has a particular interest in international collaboration, and projects which provide an international platform for local engagement.
In 2007 Clymene was awarded a NESTA International Cultural Leadership Fellowship with placements in Brussels and India. Since this fellowship, Clymene has been elected onto the board of Culture Action Europe based in Brussels furthering her arts advocacy work with regional and national fora.
David Slater Chair of the Board
David Slater served for over 20 years on management boards in both the Civil Service (where he worked in a range of departments, including Employment, Social Security, the Inland Revenue, and Trade and Industry), and local government. He has held a number of non-Executive positions including with housing, regeneration, and emergency planning bodies He took early retirement as Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration at Newcastle City Council in June 2013. He has a longstanding interest in the visual arts and music, and writes poetry. His wife Sue makes mosaics, and his two daughters are both accomplished artists.
Stella Hall Vice Chair of the Board
Stella is a freelance Festival Producer, currently working as Creative Producer at Media City, Salford, and Festival Director, Festival of Thrift in Darlington.
She co-founded Green Room, Manchester, was Director, Warwick Arts Centre, Festival Director, Belfast Festival at Queens and Creative Director, culture 10, the innovative programme of Festivals and events across NE England. As Festival Director of the year long Preston Guild 2012, she was made an Honorary Fellow ofUCLan. A highlight was the Preston Passion, co produced with BBC North.
She is a Board member of Wildworks, Cornwall, and ArtsAdmin, and a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 panel for Drama, Dance, Music and Performing Arts.
John Tulip Board Member
Managing Director of Northern Film & Media since June 2012, John was previously Finance Director, appointed soon after the company’s formation in 2003.
NF M is a creative industry development agency based at BALTIC, Gateshead. They invest in and deliver film, TV, digital media and other creative projects in North East England and across the UK.
John leads a small team and has been instrumental in developing a first class finance structure and driving innovative public-private partnerships. An Associate member of CIMA of 25 years, John has worked in senior roles in a number of private, public and third sector companies in the North East.
Emily Linsdell Board Memberemily.email@example.com
Emily is an Associate with Newcastle commercial law firm, Muckle LLP and specialises in advising national and international organisations on contractual and tortious disputes including in relation to intellectual property and claims under the Equality Act 2010. She advises clients in theUK, in particular those based in the North East, and overseas, in relation to disputes in the England and Wales jurisdiction.
Emily studied French law and worked in France over a number of years and prior to moving to the North East, worked for an international law firm for 7 years in several of its UK offices as well as in Paris.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a vital part of Muckle LLP's identity and one of its core values in being a responsible business. Emily sits on Muckle LLP's Community Team which heads up the firm's involvement in pro bono work and projects in the local community.
Fiona Crisp Board Member
Fiona Crisp is an artist based in the North East. Her solo touring exhibition of large-scale photographs, Subterrania, launched at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead in 2009. A monograph, Hyper Passive, was published at the same time, surveying Fiona’s work from the last 10 years.
Currently a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University, Fiona’s work is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London and is held in the collections of The Tate Gallery, The Government Art Collection, The Arts Council Collection, The British Council Collection and private collections.
Clive Jackson Freelance Media Consultantclive@sad-mac.co.uk
Clive Jackson is an artist and media expert. He started his company Sad Mac to offer support, training and consultancy to artists & media organisations based in the North East. We have worked with Clive for several years to provide customised technical support and training to staff and visiting artists.
Marek Gabrysch The Big M Technical Managermarek@isisarts.org.uk
Marek Gabrysch is a musician, artist and technical manager for The Big M.
Marek has worked with ISIS for over 10 years, developing both content and the technical capacity of our inflatable touring space. Marek has led a number of European tours, supporting the development of many varied, international partnerships.
Michelle Hirschhorn Freelance Curator & Producer
Michelle Hirschhorn is a Newcastle-based independent curator and creative producer who initiates and manages solo and collaborative projects and events in gallery, site-specific and festival contexts, often in association with regional, national and international partners. She is interested in cross disciplinary practice, working mainly across visual art, digital media, live art/peformance, moving image and sound. Selected projects include FutureEverything 10, AV Festival 08, navigate, Platform North East, connecting principle, The Big M and Zone Gallery.
Ziad Jabero Virtual Export Managerziad@isisarts.org.uk
Ziad Jabero is ISIS's Virtual Export Manager, a role funded through UKTI to develop our work internationally.
Ziad Jabero studied English and history at Northumbria University and then began working as a professional musician with the internationally acclaimed band The Baghdaddies.
He is the bookings manager for The Baghdaddies and has programmed and managed festivals and events, such as the Newcastle Winter Festival and Newcastle Streets Alive Festival. He has previously worked with ISIS Arts as The Big M crew member, The Big M management and production assistant for ISIS Arts’ delivery of the Indian art works for the Enlightenment Festival.
Ziad is developing future opportunities for The Big M and our wider programme and in the initial 6 month has focussed on new markets in Sweden and Slovakia.