Current Steering Committee


Taina 2018 copyTaina Erävaara

Turku University of Applied Sciences Finland

From 2009 Taina Erävaara (MA, Art History) has been the Head of Fine Arts at the Turku University of Applied Sciences and also from autumn 2016 the Head of MA-programmes. She has also been the ArtisticDirector in the 2000 & 11 Self-Portraits (2008–2012) project funded by Turku 2011 European Capital ofCulture and the Contemporary Self-Portraits (2012–2014) project funded by Creative Europe CultureProgramme. She is in the position of trust for example in the Administrative Council of The F


andris_teikmanis_photo_BW2015.jpgAndris Teikmanis

The Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia Andris Teikmanis (1967).  Vice Rector of the Art Academy of Latvia (since 2007);Professor in the fields of Visual Semiotics, Soviet Art History and Art and Design Research

Latvian Member of Horizon 2020 Program Committee for SC6: Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies (since 2014), Member of Latvian Council of Design (since 2014) and Council of Higher Education of Latvia (since 2013).

Recent publications:

Art Academy of Latvia ( ), Riga, Latvia

innish Cultural Foundation´s Regional Fund (Varsinais-Suomi) (2011–).

IMG_2767-2Basia Sliwinska

University of The Arts London, UK.

Dr. Basia Slawinska is an art historian and art theorist.  She works as a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at the University of Arts London.  Her recent and ongoing research is engaged with visual activism and transnational and intersectional figurations in contemporary women’s art practice embracing existing and developing feminist impulses to interrogate questions of ethics, embodiment and representation in the era of new materialism and supposed post-humanism.

Recent publications include: the co-authored chapter ‘Aftershocks and (Un)belongings: reflection on Home Strike’. (in Art, Borders and Belonging: On Home and Migration in the 21st Century, Bloomsbury, 2019); the co-edited book The Evolution of the Image: Political Action and the Digital Self (with Routledge, 2018);the solo-authored book The Female Body in the Looking-Glass. Contemporary Art, Aesthetics and Genderland (with I.B. Tauris, 2016; 2018); co authored chapter ‘Edge Effect: New Image Formations and Politics of Identity’ (in New Media New Intimacies, Rutledge, 2017); and co-edited the special issue of Third Text: ‘Trans-figurations: Transnational Perspectives on Domestic Spaces’ (2016).

Forthcoming publications include a solo-edited book Feminist Visual Activism and the Body (with Routledge, 2021) and a co-edited book Transnational belonging and female agency in the arts (with Bloomsbury, 2021).

unnamedCarla Repice

Manager of Education and Engagement at Bard Graduate Center, NY USA.

Carla Repice is a first generation Italian American born to Southern Italian immigrants Post-World War II. She was founding staff at the DreamYard Project, a nonprofit arts organization in the South Bronx that collaborates with youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts. During her tenure there, she founded and was the Artistic Director of The Bronx Art Collective, a nationally recognized social justice and visual arts program for high school youth. Currently she is the Manager of Education and Engagement at Bard Graduate Center where she launched and directs The Lab for Teen Thinkers, a public humanities program designed to train the next generation of creative thinkers to “flip the script” and transform the field.  Also in this role, she leads workshops for gallery educators, curators and classroom teachers, and co-leads the diversity, equity and inclusion working group alongside Ama Codjoe. Repice holds an adjunct lecturer position at The City College of New York and has facilitated seminars about art and social justice at non-profits and institutions including New York University, The Juilliard School and Groundswell NYC. She received her MFA in performance art from The School of Art Institute of Chicago and is a life-long learner studying for over 25 years with her mentors Rose Shakinvosky and Claire Gavronsky in Italy and South Africa. Her artwork investigates the relationship between systems of oppression, memory, violence and power. She lives in Manhattan and is a fierce advocate to advance educational justice and equity

JEB_portrait_web Jason Bowman

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Jason E. Bowman is MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader and a Senior Researcher at the Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. An artist with a curatorial practice, he is particularly engaged in questions relating to: artist-organisation, collective and collaborative practices; curatorship, art institutions and non-institutional practices; site and context-oriented art; social practices, participation and the production and coercion of publics, and of ‘counter-publics’.

Solo commissioned projects have taken place with: The ICA (London); Situations (Bristol); Franklin Furnace (New York); Raven Row (London); BALTIC Contemporary Art (Gateshead/Newcastle); Tramway (Glasgow); de Beweeging (Antwerp); the Whitworth Art (Manchester) and the Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow). Curatorial work has included the first major survey, in Europe, of the works and practices of Yvonne Rainer; and the official presentation of contemporary art from Scotland at the Venice Biennale (co-curated with Rachel Bradley). Work as a film producer led to a BAFTA nomination.

In 2015, he began his current research project, entitled ‘Stretched: Expanded Notions of Artistic Practice via Artist-led Cultures’, via a grant from the Swedish Research Council. In 2018, he was selected and trained as a future research leader by the University of Gothenburg. Jason is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK) and affiliated to an international research group interrogating issues relating to the collecting of performance works by museums with L’Internationale. In 2019 he was appointed as an external examiner for Visual Cultures at Edinburgh College of Art and as a PhD supervisor at the same institution.

Previous research secondments include with the EU-funded project, NEARCH interrogating relations between contemporary art and archaeology. He was previously a co-researcher during – and sole-editor of the culminating publication – of the Swedish Research Council funded project, ‘Esther Shalev-Gerz: Trust and the Unfolding of Dialogue’.

Profile pic 2018Kirsten Stromberg

Syracuse University Florence, Italy.

Kirsten Stromberg received her BA from Dartmouth College where she was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sudler Award for the highest achievement in the arts at Dartmouth. She was a Senior Fellow in electro-acoustic music and studio art, concentrating in sound sculpture, sound installation and painting. In 2005 she completed her MFA in Arts and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California. She has taught for over 15 years at university-level programs in Florence, Italy, while continuing her own interdisciplinary art practice in mixed media, painting/drawing, and experimental music.

She has studied for over 20 years with the artists Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky (also known as ‘rosenclaire’), attending workshops and residencies with them in both Italy and South Africa.  Kirsten’s work has been shown/performed in both solo and group exhibitions internationally including: Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea and Fabbrica Europa in Florence, L.A.C.E and Huntington Beach Center For The Arts in the Los Angeles area,  The SF Arts Commission, 21 Grand and Works/San Jose’ in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as exhibitions and projects in New York, London, Copenhagen, and Berlin.

As Coordinator and then Supervisor of the Syracuse University Florence Studio Art Program, Kirsten dedicated her time on community engagements, participating in projects and initiatives with institutions and organizations such as Palazzo Strozzi, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Rotary Club Firenze, and Black History Month Florence.

At Syracuse she was responsible for The Donatello 21 Art Talks lecture series as well as teaching painting, drawing and contemporary practices.

Starting September 2019, she will be the new Program Director of the Graduate Program in Studio Arts at SACI, Studio Arts College International in Florence.

image1Mark O’Kelly

Head of Painting Department, School of Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, Dublin. 

Council member of The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Previously co Programme Leader Fine Art Painting Department Limerick School of Art and Design, Academic Council member Limerick Institute of Technology, Lecturer in Painting and Drawing, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Washington, USA, Member  of New Arts Studio, Dublin, Board Member of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.

Exhibitions include Empireland Project Arts Centre Dublin 2016 and recent group exhibitions include Infrastructures of Now NCAD Gallery 2018, It’s Very New School  Rua Red Dublin 2017, Conversations Irish Museum of Modern Art 2014-15, EVA International Biennale AGITATIONISM 2014, EVA International After the Future 2012, exhibition curator Starting Over Temple Bar Gallery 2013.

Collections include, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Office of Public Works, Limerick City Gallery, DCU, UCD, LIT.

Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 12.56.57 PM.pngPaul Haywood

University of the Arts London, UK.

I am fortunate enough to work within a team of passionate and dedicated academics and professional practitioners in my role as Dean of Programmes for Art, Graphic Communication Design, Culture and Enterprise, Drama and Performance at UAL: Central Saint Martins. I came to CSM expecting a vibrant culture of future facing curiosity, thinking through making and doing, experimental pedagogies and rigorous critical enquiry. I have not been disappointed.

I continue as Visiting Professor for Creative Community Engagement with the University of Salford where I work with colleagues and partners to co-design tools for learning endorsement in informal education. I belong to two European networks (Open Design & Manufacture and the Co-operative Learning Action Network) , each concerned with different and distinct scenarios, both committed to the development and design of learning ecologies and the recognition of experiential and life-wide educational agency.

I am the co-Chair of the UK subject association, NAFAE (the National Association for Fine Art Education) and I am Chair of PARADOX (the European Forum for Fine Art Education). Outside of education, I am a Director at the Islington Mill Arts Club in Salford and a Director and Studio member at Ebor Studios on the Pennine Edge in Rochdale, to the North East of Manchester.

In my practice, I remain committed to long term collaborative initiatives that are typically characterised by a role for artists and art producers in processes of social innovation and local change. I am a Director of Guns to Goods CIC, a collaboration with the artist Karen Lyons, dedicated to the reduction and recycling of gun metal through creative design and sculptural practices. I am the co-founder of ColourGround, working with the designer Maxine Kennedy on a long-term mass observation project that is making use of technologies and social interactions to build a global map of colour in the environment.

I paint at weekends.

  Dean Hughes

School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Dean Hughes (b.1974 Manchester, UK) studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London between 1993-96. He was included in the British Art Show 5 in 2000 and his work was featured in Phaidon’s 2005 book Vitamin D New Perspectives in Drawing. Recent group exhibitions include Big Minis at CAPC Bordeaux; Lonely at the Top, MUHKA Antwerp, and Newspeak: British Art now, Saatchi Gallery. Recent Solo exhibitions include Maria Stenfors (2014) and Cairn, Pittenweem (2014), and in June 2014 he curated Ideas in things at Maria Stenfors. Dean Hughes is an executive member of the Council of Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) and is represented by Maria Stenfors.  He is currently Head of the School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.