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Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX

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Director
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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 instrumental in delivering Wysing’s 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 plays an active role on the steering committee 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

Deputy Director

Katy Drake joined Wysing in September 2017. She previously worked as Head of Finance and Operations at the Society of Antiquaries of London, where she was responsible for the management of finance, HR, facilities, IT, HSE and public engagement projects at the Society's operations in Piccadilly and it's heritage property Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds. Before this role, Katy was the maternity cover for the Finance Manager at the Crafts Council, where she also volunteered with the exhibitions and collections team.

 Prior to moving into the charity sector Katy worked at KPMG for 9 years, where she qualified as a chartered accountant and then Rio Tinto for 5 years. In 2009, she returned to University to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and in 2016 completed a year long printmaking course at Citylit. 

Katy Drake

Head of Partnerships
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Prior to joining Wysing in 2015, Chelsea worked at Southbank Centre, London from 2007, 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 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.

Lotte Juul Petersen

Assistant Curator
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Before joining Wysing in 2016, John was 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 is taking a leading role in developing new online and digital curatorial platforms and content for Wysing.

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Children and Young People's Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)
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Nicola Joined the Wysing team in June 2017. She has worked extensively with young people in the arts, in a wide range of settings including galleries, music venues, youth services, formal education and public libraries. She has managed regional projects and is an advocate for giving young people a voice in all levels of decision making. 

Nicola has a BA in Fine Art and an MSc in Music Composition for Film and Media, and continues to develop her own artistic practice.

Nicola Hutchison

Children and Young People's Programme Manager (currently on maternity leave)

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.

Lou Greenwell

Caretaker/Housekeeper
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Wilf is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works at Wysing. In his role as Caretaker/Housekeeper, he is the first point of contact for most people staying at our Bourn site. 

Prior to moving to Wysing, Wilf was Assistant Director at the Villa Lena Foundation in Tuscany where he assisted with the day to day running of the foundation and their international residency programme. Prior to this he worked at Waddington Studios in London as Assistant Studio Manager, was Image Archivist at Gagosian Gallery, London, and worked as a studio assistant to artist Jasmina Cibic. 

Wilf Speller

New Geographies Project Manager
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Matt Nightingale is an arts project manager and producer, gallery manager and creative practitioner.

Following studies in Fine Art (Sculpture) & Exhibition Design, he has spent the last 15 years facilitating exhibition making at galleries around the country, including Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Hayward Gallery, London and Carroll / Fletcher, London as well as overseeing many international projects. 

As a freelance project manager Matt has worked with artists of international standing to create public projects in unusual spaces and places. He is a passionate advocate of art in the public realm having worked with the likes of Folkestone Triennial, Southbank Centre, Artangel and Ikon Gallery’s Offsite programme, to bring ambitious public projects to fruition. 

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