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Carolina Rito
Portrait of Carolina Rito Portrait of Amanda Spruyt Portrait of Mercè Santos Portrait of Melanie Kidd Portrait of Bev Baker Portrait of Lisa Robinson Portrait of Karen Salt Portrait of Kristy Warren Portrait of Shantel Edwards Portrait of Emma Margetson Portrait of James Walker Portrait of Susanna Ison Portrait of Previous Colleagues Portrait of Community Researchers Portrait of Community Researchers
Carolina Rito
Head of Public Programmes and Research
Nottingham Contemporary

Carolina Rito is the Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary and Research Fellow in the Institute for Contemporary History at Nova University of Lisbon (Portugal). Since 2010, she has been teaching in Higher Education in the UK (Goldsmiths) and abroad in Visual Cultures and Curatorial Studies. She is a researcher and curator with a PhD in Curatorial/ Knowledge in the Visual Cultures Department at Goldsmiths University of London. Carolina directs the Collaborative Research working group for the Midlands Higher Education Cultural Forum.

Amanda Spruyt
Head of Learning
Nottingham Contemporary

Amanda’s role is to develop strategy and partnerships across learning programmes, working across teams, with artists and other arts organisations, and with statutory and community partners. Other roles at the gallery have included the direct management of school partnerships, including work with the National Portrait Gallery, and the management of our busy family programmes. A programme manager with 17 years’ experience in arts education, the formal learning sector, and community development. She has worked in schools developing support and partnerships for targeted groups of pupils and supported children to develop and implement action plans within regeneration programmes.

Mercè Santos Mir
Assistant Curator of Public Programmes and Research
Nottingham Contemporary

Mercè Santos Mir has over ten years of experience working within art exhibitions contexts. In addition to her role at Nottingham Contemporary, Mercè does freelance work around Nottingham, collaborating with organisations such as the Institute of Mental Health at The University of Nottingham and with independent artists. Mercè is also part of the Three Ecologies Research Group, a member of the Order of the Good Death, and a Death Positive advocate. Her research interest lies within death, mourning rituals, witchcraft, and the occult.

Melanie Kidd
Director of Programmes
New Art Exchange

Melanie Kidd is an arts professional working across fine art, design and contemporary craft and specialising in exhibition curation, commissioning and production, audience development strategy and socially engaged practice. She is currently Director of Programmes at New Art Exchange (NAE), Nottingham, an arts organisation dedicated to culturally diverse artists, audiences and perspectives. Here she leads the strategic development of NAE’s artistic and audience engagement programmes. Melanie is also NAE’s Senior Curator. A selection recent exhibitions include: Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf (2016), Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions (2017), Akram Zaatari: The Script (2018) and Hardeep Pandhal: Paranoid Picnic, The Phantom BAME (2019).

Bev Baker
Senior Curator & Archivist
National Justice Museum

Bev is responsible for the management of the Museum’s collections and the development and creation of exhibitions. She has been employed at the Museum since 1999. During her 19 years at the Museum she has curated numerous temporary and permanent exhibitions, from small exhibitions on limited budgets to funded permanent exhibitions. These have included exhibitions co-curated with artists, community groups, University students and school pupils. She is the Chair of the Crime and Punishment Collections Network (2006 – present), and was Chair of the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum (2010-2017).

Lisa Robinson
Director
Bright Ideas Nottingham

Lisa Robinson is a director of Bright Ideas Nottingham. Bright Ideas Nottingham is a vibrant community-based social enterprise where we are passionate about working with local people to effect change and improvement in their communities. We believe that the community voice should be heard and that it is the people from the community that can inspire and direct the most necessary and positive changes in the places where they live, study and work.

Karen Salt
Research Lead
C3R at University of Nottingham

Dr Salt directs the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham. She is an expert on sovereignty, race, collective activism and systems of governance. Dr Salt leads and collaborates on a number of research projects, including Geographies of Black Protest, dedicated to preserving the histories and materiality of black protest cultures around the world. She is an active grant reviewer and recently began a 3-year appointment as a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council Advisory Board. AHRC’s 14-member Advisory Board is made up of senior academics and sector leaders from across the UK. This group advises the AHRC Council and Executive on the development and implementation of strategic approaches to funding which reflect the challenges and opportunities arising for arts and humanities research and those that engage with it.

Kristy Warren
Post-doctoral Researcher / Research Fellow (July 2017 – October 2018)
C3R at University of Nottingham

Prior to joining the Bigger Picture project, Kristy Warren worked on another C3R collaborative project. As part of the Common Cause project team, Dr Warren helped to map past and present partnerships between UK university researchers engaged in arts and humanities work with Black and minority ethnic community groups. Before joining C3R, Dr Warren worked as a Research Associate on the second phase of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at UCL. Her PhD, entitled ‘A Colonial Society in a Post-Colonial World: Bermuda and the Question of Independence’, was completed at the University of Warwick.

Shantel Edwards
Research Assistant (April 2016 – September 2017)
C3R at University of Nottingham

Shantel is a doctoral researcher in the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. During her studies Shantel has undertaken a Midlands3Cities employability placement with The Bigger Picture from April 2016 - September 2017. Shantel's research investigates the ways in which discourses of race are constructed and circulated through the marketing of contemporary mixed race authors. It aims to assess what sense of mixed race identity is made available both through their work and through their presence as cultural figures, investigating the ways in which the ethnicity and racial heritage of the authors is constructed by outside agents - journalists, publishers etc. - to evaluate what sense of racial identity these materials create and disseminate to the wider British public.

Emma Margetson
Research Assistant (August 2017 - November 2018)
Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) at University of Nottingham

Emma is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham currently studying for a PhD in Musical Composition funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. During her studies Emma has undertaken a Midlands3Cities employability placement with The Bigger Picture from August 2017 - November 2018. Outside of her work for the project, Emma composes acousmatic compositions which are performed regularly on an international scale and has also received a number of awards. In addition, she works as an assistant for BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre). She also has experience in projects and events management.

James Walker
Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer
Nottingham Trent University

James specialises in digital literary heritage projects. His most recent project was Dawn of the Unread, an interactive graphic novel exploring Nottingham's literary history. For this he won the Guardian 'Teaching Excellence' award, 'Outstanding Teaching Award' voted by NTU student union and was shortlisted for 'Outstanding Individual' at the Education Investors Award 2015. He is currently working on Whatever People Say I Am, which will feature research from The Bigger Picture in a graphic novel format. www.jameskwalker.co.uk

Susanna Ison
Manager
Midlands4Cities

Susanna is based in Nottingham to manage the delivery of a programme of researcher training and develop projects across the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C DTP) consortium working with partner organisations in the Arts and Humanities sector. The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C DTP) is a consortium of eight Midlands Universities; University of Birmingham, Birmingham City, De Montfort, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, The University of Nottingham, University of Warwick and Coventry University. M4C DTP is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Susanna's background is in HR administration and management working with large commercial organisations, SMEs and charities. She has worked in University administration and management for ten years and has experience of student recruitment and project management within Research Council funded Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships.

Additional Colleagues

Bethan Davies (NAE)
Janna Graham (was at NC now at Goldsmiths University)
Lisa Jackson (Mon0lisa Productions)
Evadney Jalloh (Bright Ideas)
Saziso Phiri (NAE)
Bethan Poyser (NTU)
Amy Louise Richardson (Mon0lisa Productions)
Beth Robinson (Bright Ideas)
Cindy Sissokho (was at NC now at NAE)
Francesca Vaney (NAE)

Community Researchers

Aaron Calledine
Aliyah Arshad
Brian McCormack
Joan Turgott
Lavina Brown
Marwah Soliman
Mai Ahmed
Malachi Thomas
Nila Shah
Paul Pryce
Sadaf Ambarin
Tung Dao
Williams Okwidiri

Carolina Rito
Amanda Spruyt
Mercè Santos
Melanie Kidd
Bev Baker
Lisa Robinson
Karen Salt
Kristy Warren
Shantel Edwards
Emma Margetson
James Walker
Susanna Ison
Additional Colleagues
Community Researchers