Pavilion is a visual arts commissioning organisation that produces ambitious new work with contemporary artists.
Pavilion exists outside of the traditional gallery space, producing new work across surprising and diverse sites, through a process of research and discussion with artists. Pavilion illuminates its artist commissions and curatorial research through regular screenings, talks, workshops and field trips. From its base in Leeds, Pavilion collaborates with artists and organisations from across the UK and the world.
Pavilion was founded in 1983 by graduates from the Department of Fine Art at the University of Leeds. It opened in a disused park pavilion on Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, as the UK’s first Women’s Photography Centre. Over ten years, it ran a programme of events, exhibitions and educational activity that sought to enable new democratic structures, art practices and radical social change. While no longer a women’s centre, Pavilion’s programme continues to be inspired by the organisation’s founding aims. The first decade of Pavilion’s activity is housed within the Feminist Archive North at the University of Leeds.
Kerstin Doble, Programme and Communications Manager
Elspeth Mitchell, Producer (Art School for Rebel Girls)
Sarah Richardson, Producer (Art School for Rebel Girls)
Will Rose, Director
Cindy Sissokho, Curator (Interwoven Histories exhibition)
Sofia Tsimini, MA Placement Student
Ciara Boardman, Social media volunteer
Bryony Bond is Artistic Director at The Tetley, Leeds. A contemporary art gallery housed in the old headquarters of the Tetley Brewery, The Tetley hosts a regular programme of exhibitions and events and aims to bring a wide audience closer to contemporary art and artists. Prior to joining The Tetley, Bryony was Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth, Manchester and has previously worked at Camden Arts Centre, London and A Foundation, Liverpool.
Pam Bone’s career has included senior management roles within performing arts organisations, venues and the funding system. Over the last decade she has enabled the creation of significant arts spaces including; the refurbishment of the Lighthouse in Poole, the Crucible in Sheffield, the Courthouse in Otley, HEART – enterprise and arts centre in Leeds; studio spaces for Mind the Gap at Lister Mills in Bradford, New Writers’ Centre in Newcastle; and she has worked with artists on major art installations – for the Clarence Dock project at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
Andy Gilchrist (Company Secretary)
Andy Gilchrist became a trustee of Pavilion in 2013. He is qualified Solicitor and a Partner and Head of Employment at Lupton Fawcett LLP. Gilchrist is from Cardiff and has lived and worked in Leeds since 2001. He is particularly interested in performing and visual arts, particularly modern art, film and music.
James Hill is currently director of Pyramid of Arts - a collective of around 150 artists with and without learning disabilities in Leeds who work together to explore and develop their creativity, and to make great art for a wide public. Prior to this he spent ten years as Senior Arts and Regeneration Officer for Leeds City Council, running many public events including Light Night, which he set up in 2005.
Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including: performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds, UK where he is currently a Reader in Fine Art and Leeds Beckett University.
Rebecca Shatwell is a curator with 16 years experience of working across visual art, sound and film. Since 2008 she has been director of AV Festival, re-positioning the event into a major biennial of contemporary visual art, attracting over 90,000 visits. Previously she worked at CCA, Glasgow and founded alt.gallery an independent space for sound art. In addition she has experience of arts policy through her work with Arts Council England.
Rebecca has over eleven years’ experience in strategic arts communications, both in-house and agency. Her current clients include the Whitworth, Royal Exchange Manchester, Bruntwood, British Council, BMW Group and Leighton House Museum.
Dr Tom Steele is Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. His books include Alfred Orage and the Leeds Arts Club, Scolar Press (1990, reprinted 2009); His last book, with Richard Taylor, was British Labour and Higher Education 1945-2000: Ideology, Policy and Practice, Continuum, London (2010). He continues to research Yorkshire's important contribution to the British high modernist project.
Michelle Williams Gamaker (Chair)
Michelle Williams Gamaker is an artist and filmmaker based in London. She is a Lecturer on the BA Fine Art Course, Goldsmiths and is a co-founder of Women of Colour Index Reading Group together with Samia Malik and Rehana Zaman, focused on improving the visibility of women of colour artists.
ARISE South Leeds; AHRC; Arts Council England; British Council; CB300; European Union; Feminist Review Trust; Film Hub North; Fluxus Art Projects; Hamilton Corporate Finance; Heritage Lottery Fund; Leeds City Council; Leeds Community Foundation; Leeds Inspired; Leeds Philosophical & Literary Fund; Mondriaan Foundation; Safer Communities Fund; Soroptimists International; St Chad's Small Grants Fund; The Exchange; Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Fund
Pavilion’s programme of film screenings also benefits from the generous support of LUX
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