Director: Sue Jones

Deputy Director: Catherine Herbert

Curator: Matthew de Pulford

Learning Curator: Sophie Chapman

Communications Manager: Rozzy Middleton

Programme Assistant: Paige Lyons, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19

Film Curator: Gareth Evans

Performance Curator, Whitstable Biennale 2018 : Keira Greene

Project Manager, Raising the Sittingbourne Barn: Emma Leach

Board of Trustees

Andrew Malone (Chair)

Andy is an artist, and lives and works in Whitstable. He is Course Leader and Associate Head of School at the University for the Creative Arts and previously taught at Wimbledon School of Art after studying Sculpture at Central Saint Martins in the 1980’s. He has been involved in the Whitstable Biennale since its inception.

Andy has exhibited at The London Art Book Fair at the ICA in 2007 and the Whitechapel since 2010 as well as at Book Art Fairs and events in the UK, Hungary, Minnesota , Russia and Denmark, Turner Contemporary in Margate and at the Whitstable Biennale and Sheffield Artists Book Prize. He has work in the Tate Britain Library and in Artists Book collections around the world and currently exhibits at the Victoria and Albert museum shop, Marc Jacobs ‘Bookmarc’, Book Art Bookshop in London and Boekie Woekie in Amsterdam.

Mel Alcock

Mel has a particular interest in independent cinema, and a long and senior career in broadcast, media, and communications. He now lives in Whitstable and brings to the Biennale his experience in making ‘content’ commercially viable, expanding audiences, and developing ways of improving customer service for residents and visitors alike.

Most recently as COO of Curzon – which invests in independent and foreign language films through Curzon Artificial Eye, and distributes them through its cinemas and video on demand service – Mel has championed ways to sustain the viability and growth of independent film in the UK. In Feb 2017 Curzon received a BAFTA for its Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. Currently a member of the British Board of Film Classification management board, and a non-executive director of Arts Alliance Media, Mel has also held senior management roles at Fremantle (one of the world’s biggest producers of Television), Sky, Disney and digital agency i-Crossing.

Benedict Drew

Benedict is an artist, and lives and works in Whitstable and Margate. He works across video, sculpture, music and their associated technologies. He graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2011, and was a Lux Associate Artist in 2012. Represented by Matts Gallery in London, recent solo exhibitions include the British Art Show 8; Heads May Roll, Matts Gallery London; The Persuaders, Adelaide Festival, Australia; Zero Hours Petrified, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He showed Now, Thing in the Whitstable Biennale 2008.

Martin Hammer

Martin Hammer is Head of the School of Arts and Professor of Art History at the University of Kent.  He has published books on Naum Gabo and Francis Bacon, and curated major exhibitions about Graham Sutherland (Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2005) and The Naked Portrait (Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 2007).  His recent research has focussed on the 1960s art of David Hockney.

Amanda Jones

Amanda has spent her career to date working in arts management, initially specialising in media relations, working in regional theatres and then for The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House. She has held senior management roles at the Barbican, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (where she was Director of Arts and Heritage) and Crafts Council. Since 2012, she has been Director of Development and External Affairs at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has served on the boards of Central School of Ballet, Hampstead Theatre and the institute of International Visual Arts. She is highly engaged with both performing and visual arts, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary and immersive work. Amanda lives in Whitstable.

Stephen Turner

Stephen is an artist. His practice often involves infiltrates odd and abandoned places, noting changes in the complex relationship between manmade and natural environments. His projects are rooted in research which explore these themes in a variety of media:  sampling, collecting, annotating, editing and merging historic, geographic and environmental data with other more subjective investigations into the distinctiveness of place.  For his most recent project, The Exbury Egg, ( he has has been living on the estuary of the Beaulieu River.

Previous work includes installations for: Turner Contemporary, Margate; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Northamptonshire; The Bridge Guard, Residential Art & Science Centre, Stúrovo, Slovakia (2011-12) and the ‘Dukes Wood Project’ for Ordinary Culture, Nottinghamshire, 2013. The Seafort Project (2005) was reprised in the exhibition ‘Estuary’, Museum of London Docklands, (2013). Stephen Turner studied Fine Art at Leeds University (1972-76) and he won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Regina, Canada for an MFA (1977-79) He was Fellow in Painting at Exeter College of Art & Design 1980-82.

Rachel Wyndham Wincott (Treasurer)

Rachel started her career in the arts after achieving her BA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. She worked as an artist and actor for the first 10 years of her career. In the 1990s Rachel pioneered the arts initiative Creative Block, a charity funded by the London Arts Board and the Arts Council. The project was housed in spectacular unused offices buildings in the City and West End at the time with full co-operation of the owners who benefitted from the rates relief. The group built white and black cubes in which to present arts and theatre shows and installations.

Rachel served on the board of Clean Break Theatre Company for 10 years, and held the chair for the 3 years during which the major lottery funding was won and spent. She has also worked with the board of the Estorick Foundation. In 1994 Rachel had a change of direction and re-trained as an accountant. She has worked in one of the top 5 accountancy firms as well as a number of small private practices. She set up her own private practice in 2009 which has grown steadily from personal recommendation. She now looks after 150 clients and has a team of 8 staff. The firm earned a Financial Times business award last year. The practice focuses on creative clients looking after artists, art galleries, designers and architects and is fast becoming one of the prominent accountants for artists in London.   The firm is working with a number of charities including HRH Prince Andrew’s charitable trust for young entrepreneurs in the arts.

Special Advisors

Neil Webster

Neil is a Whitstable resident. He was a founding trustee of Turner Contemporary in Margate and also sits on The Gulbenkian Business Advisory Group. Neil is a board director of KM Media Group which is Kent’s largest commercial media company and reaches over 1.2 million people each week. He is responsible for the Group’s commercial revenues from the newspaper, digital, radio and television operations. Prior to this, Neil has held senior managerial positions at various UK media companies including Global Radio and Trinity Mirror.