Staff

Our team is the core of Liverpool Biennial, made up of permanent staff and temporary team members. You can contact the office at +44 (0)151 709 7444 and email info@biennial.com with general enquiries.

Director – Fatos Üstek 

Fatos Üstek joins Liverpool Biennial from the David Roberts Arts Foundation, where she was Director and Chief Curator. Having been associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2014, she went on to curate the internationally acclaimed fig-2 in London and Art Night 2017. She is an external member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council Collection (2018-2020). 

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. 


Programme

Curator (Liverpool Biennial 2020) – Manuela Moscoso

Manuela was the Senior Curator at Tamayo Museo in Mexico City. Originally from Ecuador, she is part of Zarigüeya, a programme that activates relations between contemporary art and the pre-Columbian collection of the Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado, Ecuador. In 2012 she was appointed co-director of Capacete, a residency programme based in Brazil where she also co-ran the curatorial programme, Typewriter.

Head of Programmes – Je Yun Moon

Dr Je Yun Moon is a curator and writer from South Korea. She has worked in art, architecture and performance at the Sonje Art Center, Anyang Public Art Project, Venice Architecture Biennale, Nam June Paik Art Center and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. She holds a doctorate in Curatorial/Knowledge from Goldsmiths College and an MA in curatorial studies from the Royal College of Art.

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.

Curator of Learning – Aimee Harrison 

Aimee is an artist and producer from Liverpool. Prior to the Biennial she was Children and Young People's Producer at Heart of Glass, St Helens and also worked at FACT Liverpool as Learning Coordinator. She completed her MA in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University. She has produced projects working with people from different communities including children and young people, older adults, womxn and people within the criminal justice system.

Education Consultant – 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.

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. Recent publications include edited books Systemics, or Exhibition as a Series (Sternberg Press, 2017) and Writing and Unwriting Media Art History (MIT Press 2015).

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 exhibitions. 


Development

Director of Development – Sarah den Dikken

Sarah leads on Liverpool Biennial's strategic fundraising and business engagement. She has a passion for the arts partnered with extensive fundraising experience, including from the University of Bristol where she was Deputy Head of Philanthropy, and Tate where she held a number of development management positions over 10 years.

Development Officer – Aoife Robinson

Aoife graduated from University of Liverpool with a BA in Philosophy, MA in Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions, and interest in cultural criticism and feminism. She joins Liverpool Biennial after working in Fundraising and Development at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and FACT. Outside of work, Aoife co-founded the DIY feminist collective, Grrrl Power Liverpool, and is passionate about fairer representation in the arts.


Marketing & Communications

Head of Marketing and Communications – 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 for Performing Arts (LIPA). She has been involved with the Biennial since 2011 and is also a Trustee of The Royal Standard gallery and artist studios in Liverpool. 

Marketing and Digital Intern – Faye Hamblett-Jones

Faye graduated from Manchester School of Art with a BA in Fine Art and Art History. Prior to joining the Biennial team, she worked in the commercial arts sector for Liverpool Art Fair and ArtsHaus Limited. In her role, she combines a passion for contemporary art with an interest in producing engaging written and visual content.

Marketing Consultant – Rachael Bampton-Aiken


Operations

PA & Office Administrator – Amy Worsley

Amy recently completed her MA in Art History and Curating with a Merit at Liverpool Hope University. Prior to the Biennial, she was a programme intern at Tate Liverpool and was awarded the FACT+Liverpool Hope Production Residency Award where she exhibited in No Such Thing As Gravity (2016-17). She is continuously working as an artist in her studio in Warrington Bank Quay Studios. 

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.

Finance Assistant – Dan Bayley 

Dan is AAT Level 3 Qualified and has accountancy experience in the Printing Industry (PM Web Neston), Housing companies (Riverside and SLH), Slater and Gordon Lawyers and Costa Coffee. Previous to this Dan worked in administration roles for companies including Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, Brabners Solicitors, Criminal Records Bureaux and TNT Couriers.

HR Consultant – Jane Howard

Jane began her career as a Civil Servant working on regeneration projects such as the Albert Dock, with one of her first projects being the opening of Tate Liverpool in 1988. She helped set up Liverpool Housing Action Trust where she was Head of HR and Administration, and has been an HR Consultant working in the Arts and Culture field since 2006.