Jonathan Shaw (Chair)
Jonathan is Professor of Photography and Media, Co-founder and Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University, a semi-autonomous cross-University experimental laboratory whose remit is to drive forward innovation of teaching, learning and practice. He is also a Trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery, London and an award winning media practitioner who makes use of science, technology and engineering in his work.
Asha is Knowledge Transfer Manager at ImmerseUK, a national cross-sector network for businesses interested in immersive technologies. She is a VR producer and active member of several VR groups, including Women in Immersive Tech which helps to support women in the industry. She has run workshops with the VR Diversity Initiative in London to up-skill underrepresented groups in media and technology. Through her role at ImmerseUK she is growing the immersive tech ecosystem around the country.
Vivek is an Accessibility and Inclusion Advocate, Assistive Tech Consultant and Freelance Writer. He supports game developers to improve accessibility and inclusion across the industry. Vivek writes regularly for Eurogamer and Wired magazine, and gives talks on accessibility in technology. In 2019, He curated ‘Hacked! Games Re-designed’ at BOM – the country’s first exhibition to bring together creative innovations by artists and computer games designers that champion accessibility by design.
Yinka Danmole is Founder/Director of Studio Danmole, a multidisciplinary Art and Design studio in London focussing on architectural and spatial design, and public interventions. Passionate about supporting practitioners creative development, Yinka was previously Talent Development Manager at Manchester International Festival and Director of FUTURE CURIOUS, an open access artist development programme in Birmingham.
Immy is developing Civic Square, a “neighborhood of the future” in the economically deprived Ladywood ward in Birmingham. Prviously she was Co-Director of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, entrepreneurs and activists committed to building a better Birmingham. Immy was voted UK Asian Business Women of the Year in 2016 and is regarded as “one of the most influential people in business lobbying within the West Midlands”. She is passionate about new models of collaboration and local change based on global innovations, networks and knowledge.
Michael is originally from East Africa and was raised around the world. An accountant by profession predominantly in the aerospace field, he directed various Midlands aerospace businesses and is specialist in transformation and company turnaround, having had a central role in an MBO from Williams Holdings Plc, subsequently listed on LSE. He is passionate about Birmingham industry and it’s history of being the “Workshop of the World” and the importance of philanthropy.
Also known as hellocatfood, Antonio is a new media artist and curator based in Birmingham notable for his work in the areas of glitch art, live coding and performance, including live visuals and/or music performances at algoraves. A previous BOM Fellow, his work often addresses themes around open source software, free culture and copyright.
Peta is Associate Head of School, Enterprise and Innovation at Coventry University where she creates a range of professional development products for the commercial sector within a framework of academic excellence. Previously, she was Relationship Manager at Arts Council England (Midlands) with a focus on creative and digital media, where she supported BOM’s journey from the outset.
Gemma was born and bred in Birmingham and has worked in the community for over 2 decades predominantly on initiatives supporting disadvantaged and minority youth. She is an international commercial lawyer working in the EMEA region, specialist in automotive and aerospace. Gemma believes in the importance of commercial specialists supporting and assisting artists and technologists with the guidance they need to have successful careers, with a particular interest in dyslexia and autism.
Karen is the Founder and Director of BOM, responsible for BOM’s artistic vision, commercial operations and overall management and is the key link between organisation and board. Karen also sits on the board of two external organisations: the West Midlands Combined Authority Cultural Leadership Board, and Southside Business Improvement District, where she advises on cultural strategy, new business models and diverse leadership.
Science, Art & Technology Network
In order to design and deliver a relevant, high quality and diverse programme we have brought together a group of inspiring practitioners to inform and support our curatorial practice. The group meets twice a year to discuss emerging technologies, opportunities and artistic and curatorial practice as well as conversing via Slack regularly.
The group is a space for Curators and Producers to share, learn and support each other. We are on the lookout for more members so if you’re interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Veeranganakumari Solanki is an independent curator and writer. Her research interest lies in the manner in which images are used and interpreted, ways in which interdisciplinary forms and art merge to create dialogues that travel from public spaces into private ones and the way curatorial research can be structured around artistic practices that expand the ideas of medium specificity through story-telling. Her curatorial projects have primarily focused on South-Asian art practices. She was the 2019 Brooks International Research Fellow at Tate Modern in the curatorial and photography department and a resident at the Delfina Foundation. Veerangana is currently based in India.
Nick Murray is an interactive and digital arts producer based in London. Recently their work has included Now Play This (NPT), a festival of experimental game design and playful arts. Historically NPT has been based at Somerset House, but this year we moved to producing a digital festival of live events and a virtual exhibition. Nick’s work generally has a digital leaning, but they also work with arts organisation to create physical interactive events/games. Their personal practice explores loss and grief in relation to the internet and globally connected systems.
Louise Latter is Curator at BOM. Louise manages the exhibitions and public programme at BOM as well as managing Front of House, social media and coordinating the Fellowship programme. Previous to this role she was Learning & Young People’s Manager at FACT in Liverpool. Areas of interest are wide and ever changing due to the fluid and responsive nature of BOM’s programme. Art, Technology and Science are the broad focus areas with specific interests in: Social impact, digital culture, emerging trends and technologies, activism / grass roots work across art, science and tech.
Yinka Danmole is a Cultural Producer and Designer, whose work is situated between the Arts and Architecture. Often taking the shape of installations, interventions, curated events and creative programmes. His work is interested in how we organise society and the various actors which contribute, from technology to policy. With also a keen curiosity to explore the interactions we share through our built environments and how they shape our ways of being socially. Notable work includes The Loft B’ham (2014), an artist led space in B’ham city centre. Future C U R I O U S (2015), a festival programme asking what the future of Arts practices may look like. Sounds of a people (2017), an immersive audio installation presented at the London Design Museum.
Amahra Spence is an artist, creative producer and public speaker, she views her work through the lenses of equity, service and community. Founder and Artistic Director of MAIA, a production and development company, exploring how equitable, artist-led community building and infrastructure can develop and futureproof cities. Thinking about artists as catalysts for social change and justice, Amahra is invested in a number of projects, including leading the proposal for Art Hotel, a Birmingham-based multipurpose space for presenting, developing, connecting and accommodating artists and people interested in culture.
Irini Papadimitriou is a curator and cultural manager, whose practice draws on interdisciplinary and critical discourse to explore the impact of technology in society and culture, and the role of art in helping us engage with contemporary issues. Currently Creative Director at FutureEverything, an innovation lab and arts organisation in Manchester, she was previously Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A, where she initiated and curated the annual Digital Design Weekend festival and Digital Futures among other programmes; and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, curating the exhibitions programme. She has served as a jury member for Ars Electronica (Interactive Art, Interactive Art+, Artificial Intelligence & Life Art), Lumen Prize, STARTS, Share Prize and ACM Siggraph (Distinguished Life Time Achievement in Digital Art).
Lucy Rose Sollitt is a curator, writer and consultant. She focuses on the cutting edge of artistic practice, especially the intersection of art and technology and possibilities for new artistic economies. She has written a ground-breaking report on the Future of the UK Contemporary Art Market, launched at Somerset House in November 2019. Alongside this I mentor artists and am an Advisory Board member for Furtherfield.