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Donna Lynas has been Director of Wysing Arts Centre since 2005 and has developed Wysing's identity as a research centre for the visual arts; introducing experimental artists' residencies and retreats and commissioning and curating ambitious projects including the annual festival of art and music.

Donna was also instrumental in delivering Wysing’s recent RIBA award-winning capital development project which opened in 2008 and now offers a unique set of facilities including purpose-built artists' studios. Donna is Chair of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network in the East and part of the Plus Tate network of Directors.

Previously, Donna was Curator at South London Gallery (1999-2005) where she established the gallery’s influential performance and off-site programmes and worked with artists including Christian Boltanski, On Kawara, Joelle Tuerlinckx and Keith Tyson on their solo exhibitions, alongside curating a number of group exhibitions.

Prior to that, Donna was Curator (1997-99) and Touring Exhibitions Organiser (1995-1997) at Modern Art Oxford. She studied Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

Donna Lynas

Operations Director
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Louise joined Wysing in April 2009. She previously worked at London Print Studio as Operations Manager, where following a Lottery Funded Capital Development Project she was part of the team that developed the studio into a thriving artists’ resource recognised locally, nationally and internationally. Louise was responsible for managing the staff and building, and a busy programme of projects, exhibitions, events and courses.

Prior to working in the public sector Louise worked as Office Manager at Flowers East Gallery, London. Louise trained in Fine Art Printmaking at University of Sunderland and has more recently completed courses in Gallery Education and Arts Management.

Louise Thirlwall

Head of Partnerships
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Chelsea worked at Southbank Centre, London from 2007 to 2015, initially as Exhibitions Assistant for Hayward Gallery, where she worked on a number of exhibitions including The New Décor (2010) and Move: Choreographing You (2010-11) which toured to Germany and Korea. She joined the Hayward Touring team as Assistant Curator in 2011; organising tours of exhibitions across the UK and leading on major collaborative projects for Hayward Touring including The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (2013) curated by Mark Leckey and Art from Elsewhere (2014-15) which was supported by the Art Fund. Her most recent project has been organising British Art Show 8 (2015-17) in collaboration with nine venues across four cities.

Born in California, and after a short period living in Beijing in 2006, Chelsea came to the UK to study Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London. With a strong interest in establishing international partnerships, she was a 2014 recipient of a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant given by the Art Fund to research the interests and concerns currently being explored by emerging artists and galleries in Taiwan.

Chelsea Pettitt

Artists and Programmes Curator
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Lotte has been a Curator at Wysing since 2008. She has an MA in art history and cultural studies from University of Copenhagen and University of Leeds. Before joining Wysing Lotte developed the residency and artistic program at the Factory of Art and Design, Copenhagen, during which time she was also employed as curator at the Fynen Art Academy. Prior to this she was part of the curatorial team at CPH Kunsthal, directed by Jacob Fabricius, and at Malmö Konsthall, Sweden.

As Artists and Programmes Curator Lotte has worked closely with many artists at Wysing including Asli Cavusoglu, Akassen, Celine Condorelli, Luca Frei, Laure Prouvost, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Giles Round. Additionally she has worked with Ann Lislegaard, Adrian Piper, Pilvi Takkala, Mette Winckelmann, amongst others.

Lotte recently co-edited an anthology on curating with Sanne Kofod Olsen, Malene Vest Hansen and Malene Ratcliffe, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde. She curated the public art project Urban Pedestals (2007/8) in Copenhagen & Helsinki in collaboration with artist Jacob Borges, which was documented in the book Temporary Urban Structures and has been awarded residencies in Helsinki, Istanbul and Cuba.

Lotte Juul Petersen

Assistant Curator
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John was until recently an editor at Black Dog Publishing alongside which he worked as a freelance curator, developing exhibitions and projects for Arcadia Missa, Flat Time House, MOT International and Tate. John has held positions at the British Film Institute and Rich Mix, London and has also worked as researcher and talks and screenings manager for the artist Isaac Julien. John has an MA in Film Studies from UCL, London and will be taking a leading role in developing new online and digital curatorial platforms and content for Wysing.

John Bloomfield

Finance Manager
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Lucy joined Wysing in 2016. She has extensive experience of working in the not-for-profit arts sector and was Finance Manager for Theatre de Complicité from 2010 to 2015 and Head of Finance at Watford Palace Theatre 2004 to 2008, alongside other freelance positions. She has an AAT NVQ level 2 (book keeping) and a first-class degree in Theatre Studies and English.

Lucy Williams

Circuit Programme Manager (Mon - Wed)
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Tahira Fitzwilliam-Hall joined Wysing in June 2013 as Circuit Youth Arts Programme Manager. Prior to this Tahira worked for The Crossway Foundation and Edge of Arabia in London for five years where she started as Programme Co-ordinator and quickly progressed to Education Manager.

Tahira has extensive experience of leading on Edge of Arabia exhibition outreach programmes which have included Saudi Arabia's first contemporary arts seminar and workshops with local artists and schools in London and Jeddah; managing youth arts projects including Adobe Youth Voices; and leading Offscreen Expeditions both in the UK and Saudi Arabia, taking young artists aged 16-24 on creative journeys around these countries.

Tahira's work has had a particular focus on engaging young people with least access to the arts and she has worked with young people from the UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Malaysia, and Pakistan.

Tahira Fitzwilliam-Hall

Receptionist/Administration Assistant
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Lou joined Wysing as Receptionist & Administrative Assistant in November 2014. Lou first worked with Wysing as a Wysing Young Artist in 2012. She then completed a Creative Apprentice at Wysing  2012–2013,as part of a shared role with the Fitzwilliam Museum,  and gained an NVQ in Cultural Heritage. Since 2013 Lou has been part of Cambridge Junction’s Event Team alongside assisting with several UCM projects and events.

Lou continues to make her own work, as well as being an active member of the Wysing and Kettle’s Yard Circuit group.

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