Karen is the Founder and Director of BOM. She is responsible for BOM’s artistic vision, commercial operations and overall management. Previously she was Curator at Open Eye Gallery (2010-12) and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool from 2005 – 2010, as well as a contributing curator to Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008 and the Liverpool Biennials 2006 – 2012. She is passionate about supporting practitioners’ creative development through experimental R&D, and has personal interests in digital activism, open culture and DIYbio.
Louise Latter, Head of Programme
Louise joined BOM in November 2015 from FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool where she managed the young people and learning programmes. Louise manages BOM’s programme from exhibitions through to school projects and public programmes. She is interested in the intersection between curatorial & learning environments, tools and structures. Other interests include mental health, technology, feminism and pop(ular) culture.
Kelly-Anne Crook, Operations Manager
Kelly joined us in April 2018 and oversees BOM’s day-to-day operations including finance, health and safety, building management and Café. She is also the first point of contact for private events. With 15 years experience working across the leisure sector (including managing operations at a trampoline park), Kelly is a health and safety ninja who loves running events and working with people.
Ben Neal, Digital Producer
Ben joined the team in September 2017 and oversees the digital and technical aspects of BOM’s programme. He is our “go to man” for all things techy and supports artists, staff and fellows with digital skills, runs workshops, maintains equipment, and looks after the website. Ben is an experienced Creative Technologist and has worked extensively within the arts, education and music industry. He has a passion for supporting creative practice and works freelance as Psicon Lab.
Chloe has worked as Creative Arts Co-ordinator and teacher in East London Schools, working on projects that have resulted in exhibitions at The Gherkin, Musical Performances at Wigmore Hall and creative collaborations with partnership schools in South Africa. Her inclusive ethos led to projects with Stephen Hawkins School to enrich experiences of children with profound learning difficulties. At BOM she produces our engagement projects including BOM+ (young people) and alternative education in Schools.
She is a Lino Printmaker, Urban Dancer at the Hippodrome and has shimmied her way through many Notting Hill Carnivals with the London School of Samba.
Claire Douglass, Visitor Experience Assistant
Claire also feeds our social media and unofficially tests BOM café’s homemade cakes.
Claire generally inhabits the gallery reception pod and is evangelical about bringing the world of BOM to the people of Birmingham, often persuading passing shoppers to brave the brutalist exterior of the gallery and experience our exhibitions while she looks after their bags.
Outside of BOM duties she has a career as an exhibiting artist and is a graduate of The Royal College of Art. So far tech hasn’t featured in her artistic practice but we reckon its only a matter of time.