Saturday 13 August 2005

Ian Dejardin:

Ian is Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery – and was previously the Senior Curator at English Heritage (London region), which included the Kenwood Collection. He is a Brixton boy and enjoys all aspects of the arts - in 2001 he was on the panel for the Hunting Art Prize at the RCA.

Deborah Orr:

Deborah Orr is an award-winning columnist with the Independent. Previously and variously she has been editor of the Guardian Weekend, deputy editor of the defunct London listings magazine City Limits, and the New Statesman's film critic. Raised in Scotland she has lived in London for 20 years now, though never north of the river. She has two small sons, one large stepson, one largish step-daughter, and a modest collection of 20th century abstract expressionist prints.

Sian Stirling:

Head of External Relations for Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art & Design. She has worked in the creative industries for many years, working in some of the UK's major art venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon.

Kimathi Donkor:

Kimathi will be holding his second solo exhibition of paintings ‘Fall/Uprising' at the Bettie Morton Gallery this November (4 Nov-3 Dec, 2005). His 2004 solo exhibition of paintings 'Caribbean Passion' will be touring to the Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham from 6 October to 18 November, 2005. He has a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmith's College, has exhibited his work in numerous group exhibitions, and is a former secondary school art teacher.

Maynard Eziashi:

Owner of the Lounge Bar, Atlantic Road, as well as an actor of international repute. Films include `A Good Man in Africa’, ‘Mr Johnson,’ and many more. Maynard won the Berlin best actor award in 1991.

Mark Irving:

Mark Irving is an arts journalist, writer and broadcaster, whose work appears regularly in many of the UK's leading broadsheets and magazines internationally and also on BBC Radio Four. His two television series on the arts were broadcast on FIVE and he is the author of several books about contemporary architecture and culture. Mark has lived in Brixton or the last five years.

Mark McGowan:

South London artist. His absurd and ridiculous stunts are often presented in the media. A recent example is ‘The Running Tap’, where he left a tap running in a gallery for one month wasting 800,000 litres of water. He has also eaten a fox and nailed his feet to a wall protest against leaves. A graduate of Camberwell College of arts, he was exhibited in the New Contemporaries 2003.

Bettie Morton:

Director of the Bettie Morton Gallery. She studied Art History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She previously worked at the Museums & Galleries Commission (now called Resource) before setting up her own gallery in 1999. In December 2001 she opened the Bettie Morton Gallery. Pioneer of the Brixton Open and Brixton’s first International art fair, ‘New Origins’, held at Lambeth Town Hall in 2003.