SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Jack Bullen

Jack is co-director and co-founder of Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Brocket Art Gallery alongside his partner Lizzie Glendinning. Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is the  largest international art platform celebrating contemporary print. The fair uniquely combines original works from emerging artist through an open call alongside specialist galleries. Its program and selection of work pushes the boundaries of this diverse medium and acts as a pioneer in the world of original print. Brocket gallery specialises in the promotion of early to mid career artists and hosts a residency program in the North Pennines. Jack Bullen is also an artist printmaker with a demonstrated history of working in the arts and crafts industry.

Kristina Chan

Kristina Chan is a Canadian London-based artist working between printmaking, photography and public installation. She has won numerous grants and awards for her work and been selected for many artist residencies. These include but are not limited to the Ingram Prize, 1st place winner of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers RE Anthony Dawson Printmakers Prize, Villiers David Travel Grant, finalist of Landscape Artist of the Year Awards, Canadian General Governor’s Award for Exellence and the Government of Canada’s Millenium Award. She has work exhibited in notable collections such as the V&A, Ingram Collection of British and Modern Art, the Royal Collection at Clarence House and the Royal College of Art. She is also co-founder of Plaintiff Press alongside Joao Villas, a bespoke print house built on years of combined practices, editioning and exhibiting experience .

Tabish Khan 

Tabish Khan is an art critic and writer who specialises in London’s art scene and believes passionately in making art accessible to everyone. He visits and writes about hundreds of exhibitions a year covering everything from the major blockbusters to the emerging art scene. Tabish has been visual arts editor for Londonist since 2013 and he is also a regular contributor for FAD and Culture Whisper. Tabish is a trustee of ArtCan, a non-profit arts organisation that supports artists through profile raising activities and exhibitions. He is also a trustee of the prestigious City & Guilds London Art School and Discerning Eye.

Martin Mayorga

Martin Mayorga lives and works in London, England. He is an art curator concerned with the inclusivity of emerging artists and neglected sectors, culminating in a diverse approach that broadens the accessibility of art. Founder of DATEAGLE ART, a contemporary art platform engaging in a collaborative discourse with artists from overlooked sectors. He has been a judge for the ‘Artpiquers’ Painting Award at Artpiq and ‘Cut and Paste’ artist residency at Platform Southwark and a mentor for the ‘Khazanah National Associate artists-in-residency’ at Acme Studios; and have partnered with leading art and culture organisations that include Phillips, Dazed, Gatekeeper Magazine and OOF Magazine. In London, he has guest lectured at Chelsea College of Art and the London College of Communication. In Stockholm, he has guest lectured at Berghs School of Communication. He has participated in panel discussions in London Elephant West, Profile Gallery and Second Home; has contributed to emergent magazine and previously held the roles of Magazine Coordinator for Frieze, Senior Manager at Saatchi Gallery and Curator at Acrylicize. He now works with Shake Gallery and on various freelance projects.

Elsa Meryon

Elsa Meryon is a London based arts professional with experience in arts events, writing, research, curation and gallery management. Before joining Anise Gallery as Gallery Manager, Elsa gained experience working in various events, writing, research and curatorial roles at Liliya Art Gallery, TATE, ArtLicks Festival, WhatLarks! Film Production, and arts and culture magazine The Menteur. She has curated over twenty exhibitions and has co-ordinated events programmes at several London galleries. Her specialities lie in research, exhibition co-ordination and gallery management. She also holds an MA in History and Philosophy of Art and a BA in History of Art.

Benedict O’Looney

Benedict O’Looney is an architect based in London. He created his architecture firm, Benedict O’Looney Architects in 2004, which works on projects across London. Before setting up his own architectural firm, he worked as a project architect with Grimshaw Architects and Alsop Architects. After graduating from the Yale School of Architecture in 1992, he went on to teach architectural history and building technology at the Architectural Association, The University of Kent, the Canterbury School of Architecture and the New York University. He was the past President of the London Sketch Club and has received a Southwark Civic award for his conservation work in Peckham. He believes in the power of art, architecture and history and how these mediums can strengthen communities. The driver for his work is to work on ‘arty buildings’ and to bring art into everyday life.

Susie Olczak

Susie Olczak is a fine artist and sculptor,creating installations, prints and collages. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the Association of Women in the Arts, Royal Society of Sculptors, The Women in Higher Education Network, and Space, Place, Practice. She is also a lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Goldsmiths University of London, The Royal College of Art, the University of the Arts London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, University of Brighton and Cambridge School of Art, among others. Olczak is also a freelance artist educator, working at the University of Cambridge Museums. She has been commissioned to produce public artworks by BBC Scotland, Charles Saatchi at the Big Chill Festival and the National Trust. She received the Villiers David Travel Grant for a research trip to Iceland and attended residencies in Finland, Chile and Panama.

Paul Raftery

As an architectural photographer, Paul Raftery has an international reputation, shooting top projects around the world for design agencies, developers, architects, construction groups and architectural magazines.
He makes architectural videos as part of Raftery and Lowe, creating timelapse, motion control and live-action films. This work has been shown at the Royal Academy, New York’s Gagosian Gallery and in numerous film festivals including the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York and LA. Paul also shoots the evolving urban landscape in the former Eastern Europe and USSR. His project ‘Berlin Voids’ has been exhibited in London and Berlin. He recently visited Kazakhstan and Ukraine to document Soviet and post-Soviet architecture and cityscapes.  He has acted as a judge for the Blueprint Photography Awards and Best Use of Video category in the Archiboo Web Awards.

Joseph Robson 

Joseph Robson is an architect and artist based in London. Alongside running his architectural illustration company AVR London, Joseph lectures at the University of Bath, The Architectural Association and the University of Kent. He was President of the Society of Architectural Illustration and has had work exhibited at the RIBA, Royal Academy, Somerset House and the Sorbonne. He is co-founder and co-director of Anise Gallery alongside Jacquelyn Jubert.

Jacek Ludwig Scarso

Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso is recognised internationally for his work as an artist, theatre director, curator and academic. His multimedia artworks have been exhibited worldwide, including recent shows and commissions at: Tate Modern, Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia (Rome), Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi (Venice), The Science Museum, Fotofever at Carrousel du Louvre (Paris), BAW (New York), Weissraum Gallery (Kyoto, Japan) among others. Alongside his work in public and interdisciplinary art he also works as an academic and lecturer in a wide range of higher education institutions including Royal Opera House Education, London Met, Bath Spa University and Teatro Integrato Internazionale in Rome. He is the London correspondent for Exibart international magazine and is also Deputy Director of CREATURE (Research Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement), leading its strand PUBLIC-FACE.

Karl Singporewala 

Karl Singporewala is an architect, artist, RWA Royal Academician and associate director of Jo Cowen Architects. He was voted ‘One of the UK’s Young Creative Heroes’ by Channel 4 and in 2014 he won the ‘People’s Choice’ HIX Art Award at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, Shoreditch London in a competition by chef Mark Hix and artist Tracy Emin aimed at new contemporary artists. His artwork also won the inaugural RWA Art Prize for a work by a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic artist at the Royal West of England Academy of Art 168th Autumn Exhibition in 2020. He was selected as a judge for this year’s Architect of the Year Awards and has previously collaborated on a project winner of the World Architecture Festival Award. His work has been exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts V&A Digital Futures, the New York Institute of Technology and the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens for the Lumen Prize.

Seb Summers 

Seb Summers is founder of the newsletter and instagram – Sebs Art List – a researched listing platform promoting upcoming and current arts events in London. With a professional background in political consultancy, he previously worked in a public affairs role at Arts Council England.

Jon Opie

Jon Opie works for Acme, which is a charity based in London providing affordable studios, work/lives and a programme of residencies and awards. As its Head of Artist Support, he oversees its relationships with artists, enabling them to sustain their studio practices and careers. Previously he was the Deputy Director of Jerwood Arts where he collaborated with organisations across art forms to create professional and creative development opportunities for artists, makers, curators and producers. He led on creating innovative awards, bursaries and fellowships, centering artists’ needs, care and inclusive practices. Foe Jerwood, Jon helped deliver an exhibitions and events programme and has helped deliver national programmes such as the Weston Jerwood Creative Busaries focused on socio-economic diversity in the arts. He is also a Trustee of Cardboard Citizens, which makes work with and for people who experience homelessness, inequity, and poverty.