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 

Before joining Liverpool Biennial, Fatos Üstek was Director and Chief Curator of the David Roberts Arts Foundation. 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), a jury member for the Turner Prize 2020 and founding member of the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA).

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.

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. 

Hyun Seo Chaing -Curatorial Fellow

Hyun Seo is a curator and cultural producer, whose previous projects include the London Creative Network at SPACE Studios and the 2017-18 Korea/UK season at the Korean Cultural Centre UK. She has independently curated exhibitions across London and is part of PACTO, an international alliance of artists, artistic researchers and writers. Hyun Seo holds an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from SOAS, London.


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.

Business Development Officer – Chantel Baldry

Chantel has a keen interest in the arts and cultural sector and wishes to make it more accessible to all. She has spent the last four years working in the financial industry for companies including UBS Americas and PwC and joins Liverpool Biennial to strengthen the relationships between the arts and local and national businesses.

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 Communications Coordinator – Bethany Garrett 

Bethany is a writer and editor from Liverpool. Before joining the Biennial, she was Assistant Editor for music and culture magazine Bido Lito! and worked with Red Light Management in London. Having studied for a BA in Geography, she is particularly interested in the spatial politics of art, and is passionate about connecting Liverpool Biennial with diverse audiences across the city and beyond.

Digital Content Officer – Helena Geilinger

Helena is a digital artist and researcher from Brighton. She has worked for arts organisations in Melbourne, Berlin and London and recently completed her MA in Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions from the University of Liverpool. She is founder of RE:WRITE, a project dedicated to enhancing public understanding of digital technologies. She also co-runs the arts criticism zine un_bound, creates illustrations for local DIY music projects, and is a studio member at CBS Gallery.

Marketing and Digital Intern – Helaena Williamson

Helaena is currently studying Creative Management at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) and joins the Biennial for a three-month placement. Throughout her studying, Helaena has been involved in coordinating events for National Museums Liverpool and cares about promoting inclusivity in the arts.

Operations

PA & Office Administrator – Jade Mitchell 

Before joining the Biennial team, Jade gained administration, operations and finance experience in several third sector organisations including social arts agency Heart of Glass. Outside of this work, Jade has also provided marketing and communications support to small businesses in the North West, including the coordination and management of the digital General Election campaign for Helen Jones MP. 

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.