Our team is the core of Liverpool Biennial, made up of permanent staff and temporary team members on our trainee programme. Liverpool Biennial is governed by a Board of Directors, and members include arts and business professionals with the expertise and networks to help achieve our mission. You can contact the office at +44 (0)151 709 7444 and email with general enquiries. 

Director – Sally Tallant

From 2001-11 Sally Tallant was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London, where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes. She is a Board Member of the International Biennial Association and a member of the London Regional Council for Arts Council England.

Executive Director – Paul Smith

Paul Smith has extensive experience of both the arts and business in the UK and the US, having worked with organisations including Bank of America, Abbey National, Belfast Waterfront Hall, The Grand Opera House, and Prime Cut Productions. He has also worked in politics in Northern Ireland and for Arts & Business. 


Head of Production and International Projects – Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey

From 2010-14 Francesca was responsible for the Curatorial Projects at Artissima, Turin, and from 2007 to 2009 she led the Curatorial Department of the Hangar Bicocca, Milan. As a freelance producer she has organised projects by Alfredo Jaar, Mark Lewis, Raimundas Malašauskas, and Rosalind Nashashibi under the auspices of the Sharjah Biennial 10 in 2011 and the 55° Biennale di Venezia in 2013, amongst others.

Interim Head of Production – Silvia Sgualdini

A graduate from the Royal College of Art Curating MA, Silvia joins Liverpool Biennial with extensive experience across the profit and not-for-profit sectors. She was Director at Pilar Corrias Gallery (2014 – 16) and Associate Director at Lisson Gallery (2006 – 2014), working with leading talent and spearheading large-scale curatorial projects. Previous experience includes the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and KunstWerke, Berlin. Most recently she was recipient of an AIDF grant from ACE/British Council for curatorial research in Mexico.

Education Curator – Polly Brannan

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Polly is an artist and educator who has produced projects at Frieze Art Fair, Lisbon Experimenta Festival and Nottingham Contemporary, amongst others. She was Collaborations Curator at Studio Voltaire from 2006-9, and Education Curator at Serpentine Gallery from 2011-13. She is co-founder of network Avant Gardening, and was a member of the collective public works from 2005-11.

Curator – Sinéad McCarthy

Sinéad worked with Artangel delivering numerous large-scale projects (2009-2016), including commissions by Susan Philipsz, Ryan Gander, Daniel Silver, Maria Fusco and Jorge Otero Pailos. She has also worked with Electra, Pump House Gallery and as a freelance producer. Prior to joining the Biennial team, Sinéad was Associate Curator at the Barbican Centre and edited the publication The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined (Koenig, 2016).

Head of Research – Joasia Krysa

Joasia holds a collaborative post with Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool John Moores University, where she is Professor of Exhibition Research and Director of Exhibition Research Centre. Formerly, she served as Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, and co-curator of Documenta 13 and Liverpool Biennial 2016. Recent publications include edited books Systemics, or Exhibition as a Series (Sternberg Press, 2017), Writing and Unwriting Media Art History (MIT Press 2015), and chapters in Networks (Whitechapel/MIT 2014) and Routledge Companion to Art and Politics (2015). She is Commissioning Editor of Liverpool Biennial online journal Stages.

Assistant Curator – Sunny Cheung

Sunny has previously worked on a number of high profile exhibitions including Rain Room, Song Dong: Waste Not and Digital Revolution for the Barbican Centre. Prior to the Biennial, he was an Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum working on the development of a new gallery in Shenzhen, China. He is Project Curator of alt.Barbican, an accelerator program for emerging digital artists and Co-Curator of Interfaces Monthly, a monthly digital arts talks program that takes place across East London.

Assistant Curator  Sarah Happersberger

Sarah previously worked with ZKM | Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, delivering major exhibitions, performances and projects in the public realm. Prior to the Biennial, she was Assistant Curator at Arnolfini, Bristol, where she coordinated exhibitions with Basim Magdy and Grayson Perry. She also worked with Ruhrtriennale Festival of the Arts and has contributed to various publications about performance and public art.

Programme Assistant – James Maxfield

>James previously worked at The Tetley (Leeds) as Programme Coordinator helping deliver the public programme of exhibitions and events. James is co-founder and a member of curatorial collective Mexico which has produced projects for Eastside Projects, Two Queens, and Focal Point Gallery among others, as well as co-producing city-wide arts programme About Time across Leeds in 2015.</p><p>
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James previously worked at The Tetley, Leeds as Programme Coordinator, helping deliver the public programme of exhibitions and events. James is co-founder and a member of curatorial collective Mexico, which has produced projects for Eastside Projects, Two Queens, and Focal Point Gallery among others, as well as co-producing city-wide arts programme About Time across Leeds in 2015.

Programme Assistant – Hannah Tolmie

Hannah started working at Liverpool Biennial as a Mediator and Curatorial Trainee in 2016 and has since continued working within the Education and Programme teams. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a BA in Fine Art, she has worked as a KS3 Art Teacher and as an artist’s assistant in London. She currently has a studio at The Royal Standard in Liverpool where she continues her artistic practice.

Education Assistant – Kayt Hughes

Kayt joins Liverpool Biennial having been awarded a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary, a nationwide programme which promotes new talent in the arts. She is a practicing artist with wide experience working for schools and with young people. She studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent and then completed the Woon Fellowship with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. Kayt’s recent exhibitions have included Balance, Stack, Play at Grizedale Forest for Sculpture and 

Curatorial Fellow – Huma Kabakci

Huma Kabakci is currently taking part in a curatorial fellowship at Liverpool Biennial, supported by ICF (International Curators Forum). She has a BA in Advertising & Marketing from London College of Communication, and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from Royal College of Art, London. Since graduating, Huma has founded Open Space Contemporary and collaborated with organisations including Alt, Artkurio, Block Universe, Delfina Foundation, IKSV, TheArt Department and SALT. Her curatorial interest and research lies in subjects such as; diaspora, cultural identity, gender, memory and the body.

Mediation Coordinator – Gabriela Saenger Silva

Gabriela is an artist, researcher and producer with a background in large-scale cultural projects in South America. She has an MA in Art History and Critical Studies focusing on socially engaged art in Latin America, and was Operational and Executive Coordinator of Education and Public Programme of Mercosul Biennial, Brazil for four editions. She is currently Resident Researcher at LJMU's Exhibition Research Lab and is also an Assistant Curator for the 33rd Sao Paulo Biennial.

Front of House Coordinator – Jamie Sorensen

Jamie is an artist, curator and founder of Spare Room Residency, an artist led residency programme at his home in Liverpool, which supports artists by providing free accommodation and studio space for short-term projects. Recently Jamie has coordinated a number of projects for Sefton Council’s At The Library programme, a new programme of commissions, workshops and public artworks inviting artists & communities to be creative within Sefton’s Libraries. Jamie graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in Fine Art.


Director of Development – Julie Lomax

Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1987. Her extensive experience in arts management in the UK included the post of Director of Visual Arts for the London region for Arts Council England, with responsibility for a portfolio of organisations including the Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and Artangel. She joined the Australia Council for the Arts in February 2012, where she was responsible for $13.1 million funding for artists and visual arts organisations.

Development Officer – Aoife Robinson

VIP and Events Officer – Roisin Fletcher

Development Assistant – Amy Worsley

Amy joins us as a Development Officer after previously being a Curatorial Trainee at Liverpool Biennial. After her role as Programme Intern at Tate Liverpool, she embarked on her MA in Art History and Curating, which she is currently studying at Liverpool Hope University. After graduating from Liverpool Hope University with a BA in Fine Art, she was awarded the FACT+Liverpool Hope Production Residency Award for which she exhibited in No Such Thing As Gravity, 2016–17. She continues her art practice at her studio at Warrington Bank Quay Studios.

Marketing & Communications

Marketing and Communications Manager – Joanne Karcheva

Joanne is passionate about connecting audiences with art through effective marketing and communications campaigns. She graduated with a BA in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). Prior to the Biennial, she worked with various not-for-profit organisations and artists including Chester Performs, Sefton CVS, The Gallery Liverpool and artist Laurence Payot. 

Communications Officer (Digital and PR) – Brian Pilkington

Brian originally graduated with a BA in Fine Art and Art History from Plymouth University, but soon turned his focus to arts marketing. He previously worked at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, helping to deliver the marketing and launch of its new concert hall, and has experience at other non-profit arts organisations including Culture Warrington and KARST in Plymouth.

Marketing & Communications Assistant – Jake Winsor

Jake has joined the team from Bluecoat, a Liverpool Biennial partner organisation, where he worked on exhibitions such as Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 and Keith Piper’s Unearthing the Banker’s Bones. Prior to this he worked in the commercial art sector and has managed a bespoke framing studio. Jake originally graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Art History and Visual Studies.

Marketing Consultant – Rachael Bampton-Aiken

Rachael is a strategic marketing specialist in the tourism, leisure, arts and property sectors, with 20 years' experience. Her clients include ACC Liverpool, The Albert Dock, The Beatles Story, Aintree Racecourse and Arrowcroft PLC, amongst others.


PA & Office Manager – Zoe Martinez

Zoe comes to Liverpool Biennial from Arts Council England where she worked as Assistant within the North and National Combined Arts Teams. She as previously had extensive experience of managing busy office environments and was responsible for working within the NHS. She also brings with her experience from contemporary art institutions, such as Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

Finance Manager – Allison Mottram

Allison has a vast experience of Finance and Management accounts, having previously worked for a range of organisations throughout the North West within the retail and housing sectors. Following her BTEC National Diploma in Accountancy and Bookeeping, Allison studied through the Open University to achieve her AAT and CIMA pq qualifications. She has been at Liverpool Biennial for 8 years, and will have experienced working on 6 Biennials by 2018.

Finance Assistant – Dan Bayley

HR Consultant – Jane Howard