Bricks Team Biographies
JACK GIBBON (DIRECTOR)
2010 - 2018 Jack ran nomadic art gallery Antlers supporting Bristol based artists through pop up exhibitions, partnership commissions, consultancy and publishing. Antlers focused on supporting emerging Bristol based talent through exhibitions, commission, fairs and publishing projects, often encouraging a stretch forward in the artist’s practice.
2017 - 2019 Jack has worked on the research and development for Bricks exploring new models to support artists in Bristol, this was supported by an Arts Council England grant, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellowship and Postgraduate Certificate, University of Leeds, Clore Leadership Short Course and Creative United’s Prosper.
Jack has worked in freelance curatorial roles including at National Trust Stourhead and Studio Upstairs Bristol. 2012 - 2018 Jack ran Gallery Spaces facilitating the use of otherwise empty retail spaces by creative projects around Bristol.
Prior to 2010 Jack worked as a studio assistant for Damien Hirst and was a practicing artist involved in artist led projects in Stroud.
Kim Wide (Trustee Chair)
Kim Wide is Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of Take A Part CIC, the South West’s leading socially engaged arts organisation. Via Take A Part, Kim established an innovative and award winning co-commissioning public realm curatorial process developed and managed by communities. Take A Part is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, supporting the strategic development new audiences in Plymouth and the wider South West region.
Kim is interested in diversity, engagement, access to arts and culture and new community initiatives and works nationally and internationally to engage people in sustainable, educational and risk-taking projects about identity and community. She also likes a very long walk, real ales and attempting to (badly) make craft.
Dean Coates (Trustee)
Dean Coates is a director of commercial galleries Coates & Scarry in the UK and Faction Art Projects in New York. He has extensive experience of artists’ management, curating exhibitions and marketing of art both in the UK and further afield in Hong Kong, the US and Europe.
Prior to working as a gallery director he worked as a lecturer and later as an education manager at the City of Bristol College managing regional European Socially Funded projects. These large scale projects were delivered in collaboration with charities and community arts groups in the West of England Partnership with the intention of engaging young people in further education through arts activities.
Dean is also an artist and recently completed an MA in Ceramics from Cardiff and has a studio at BV studios, Bristol.
Jo Lathwood (Trustee)
Jo Lathwood makes sculptures and large scale installations which regularly respond to a particular site, event, material or process.
Her portfolio varies greatly in form, scale, context and method of production, encompassing: temporary and permanent public art, exhibitions curated for galleries and heritage sites (often as the outcome of an artist residency) and studio-based work. She has worked with Fabrica (Brighton), Trust New Art (the National Trust’s contemporary arts program), Arts Council England, Art, Cities & Landscapes in Amiens, France and Kunst and Zwalm in Belgium.
In 2012 she co-founded Ore and Ingot, a travelling Bronze foundry and was co director until 2018. She is a Council member for Bristol University’s Earth Art Gallery and has been a visiting lecturer at Plymouth and Gloucester Universities.
Jo is Bristolian and has had studios in numerous locations across the city and loves to build staircases to mezzanines within them if they are tall enough.
John O’Connor (Trustee)
John O’Connor was born 1957 in Galway, Ireland and studied sculpture at Birmingham and Bristol during the 1970s. He joined Artspace, artist studios in 1979 and became chair of the steering committee that established a charity so to secure a permanent home for contemporary visual arts production in Bristol. He helped found the Artspace Trust in 1990 and joined the board. After 11 years and the pursuit of over 20 different buildings, the charity founded Spike Island in 1995 at the former Brooke Bond tea-packing factory based in Bristol Harbourside.
Over a period of 30 years, he has worked, variously, as an artist, executive, trustee and Chair, to both Artspace and Spike Island. He was central to a 2 million-plus fundraising campaign and helped to direct political lobbying and publicity for the acquisition of the Brooke Bond building.
Kieron Gurner (Trustee)
Kieron Gurner is a digital designer & project manager who’s been working in creative technology in Bristol since 2010. Over this time, he’s worked with clients including Kneehigh Theatre, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and residents of the Pervasive Media Studio. His work with Calvium bridges the gap between the physical and digital, exploring the capacity that technology has to enhance our experience of physical spaces.
He began his career working with artists, arts organisations and businesses, designing and delivering branding and websites, and supporting several residents of Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio.
Kieron is involved in Bristol’s performance & queer events scene, as member of live music and performance night, Thorny, for three years. Kieron’s interest in drag as a tool for social cohesion continues, working with performance artists and theatre makers in Bristol.
Lucy Ward (Trustee)
Lucy is an artist who makes drawings. Her intricate drawings map the occurrence of anticipated and repeated events in ordered 2d space, intimating a friction between ideal pattern and repetitive behaviour in our everyday experience.
Lucy is Senior Lecturer in Drawing at UWE, teaching on the Drawing and Print BA. Her teaching focuses on contemporary drawing theory and practices, with an emphasis on the performative and experimental.
Lucy has a studio at Jamaica Street Artists in Bristol and is one of the Studio Directors. Lucy was Studio Manager from 2014 until early 2018. She was Studio Manager at Bath Artists’ Studios before that.
Lucy is co-convener of the Cube Drawing Group and runs the Drawing Resource Exchange series in collaboration with the Big Draw.
Russell King (Trustee)
Russell King is a solicitor with over 12 years’ experience. Predominantly a commercial, non-contentious lawyer (and person), now working in-house in a wide ranging role after a long career in private practice in London.
Russell was previously a trustee of Peckham Platform Limited, a creative and educational charity working with visual artists to form a meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond. Russell was responsible (in a legal sense) for its establishment as an independent charity in 2014 and served on the board until 2017.
A Bristol University graduate, now spending as much time as he can in the city from his home in the Cotswolds.
WANT TO JOIN THE BOARD?
We are recruiting for more Trustees and Steering Group members. Bricks actively encourages applications from those with less visibility in arts leadership. We specifically welcome applicants from people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and international backgrounds.