VASW appoints three new members to its steering group

Image Credit: Clockwise from top left: Zoe Li, Emily Bull and Lara Goodband

Following a recent call for new members, Visual Arts South West is delighted to announce three new appointments to its steering group:

Zoe Li has more than 15 years experience in working with artists to develop new commissions at off-site locations. She delivered the annual Somerset Art Weeks between 2007 – 2015 and is currently working as freelance Programme Associate of Somerset Art Works to lead their professional development programme, digital strategy and the development of Art Weeks Festival. She also worked for Arts Council England (South West) as regional coordinator for decibel (2002-2004) and Visual Arts Relationship Manager (2010-15). She works with artists across different disciplines, and has established curatorial interests in participatory practice and collaboration. She co-founded Eastville Project Space in Yeovil in 2015 and serves as Trustee at Take A Part CIC since 2017.

Emily Bull is based in Bristol and currently works as the Creative Producer at Creative Youth Network. She holds an MA in Arts Management and has a career background in audience and community engagement in the Arts. Emily brings together stakeholders, artists, spaces and communities to create, participate and deliver, with a particular focus on young people primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds and emerging young artists. Emily is also a Clore Cultural Leader, Mentor and Coach.

Lara Goodband has 20 years’ experience working as an art curator in art galleries, museums and curating artwork for unusual places and spaces. Most recently Lara curated and delivered major art exhibitions and education projects as part of Hull City of Culture as well as international programmes in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Her experience includes strategic planning and partnership across cultural institutions and local government as well as co-directing the contemporary art project York Curiouser with the University of York. Lara lives in Exeter and is currently employed by the University of Exeter as Director of Exeter Cultural Partnership and  as freelance Contemporary Art Programme Officer by the RAMM.




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