Kath Wood - Chair
Kath began her 30+ year career in Scotland as a curator at The Third Eye Centre (now CCA) in Glasgow before continuing as Exhibitions Officer at Arnolfini in Bristol organising and curating many exhibitions.
In 1994 Kath took on the challenge of developing and building a new organisation and facility for Colchester, Essex. As founding Director, the brief was to establish a new organisation and develop plans for a purpose-built visual arts building for Colchester and the East of England. Building on the strong track record of the Minories Art Gallery and the legacy of visual artists in the East of England, she launched firstsite in 1995 as a new brand on the national arts scene. She grew and led the team, the organisation and its audiences. She selected and worked with renowned architect Rafael Vinoly to design the new building from its inception to realisation, with the new building successfully opening in 2011.
Since 2012 Kath has worked in a freelance capacity with a wide range of organisations and individuals nationally and internationally. She has consolidated her practice to launch Kath & Company bringing together her freelance services with a new Art at Home project – offering affordable original art for the home.
Marián Arribas-Tomé is a lecturer in Translation Studies, Language and Politics and Spanish at the University of East Anglia, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has worked for 6 British universities in Glasgow, London and Norwich. She is an External Examiner of Spanish at King's College London and a member of the Executive Team and Steering Group at the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML).
She loves the arts, creativity and the power they have to transform people and places for the better.
She develops projects that support diversity, inclusion and sustainable language learning and teaching with a decolonising and multi/inter/transdisciplinary lens such as Spanish Bytes, Lingua Bytes and the Sustainable Teaching Network.
Jane is the Principal Keeper at Leeds Art Gallery. She was previously the founding Producer for Yorkshire Sculpture International, a unique collaboration between Yorkshire’s leading art institutions - Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She led the project’s development, programme and partnerships. In summer 2021 the artistic programme featured new commissions by leading sculptors from across Yorkshire – Akeelah Bertram, Claye Bowler, Nwando Ebizie and Ashley Holmes, and international commissions with Ariel René Jackson and Shezad Dawood. For the first Yorkshire Sculpture International Festival in 2019 Jane commissioned and curated public realm sculptures by international artists Ayşe Erkmen and Huma Bhabha in Leeds and Wakefield and presented major sculptures by Damien Hirst outdoors in Leeds.
Since moving to Yorkshire in 2010 Jane has curated a major Joseph Beuys exhibition in partnership with Artist Rooms and Tate, and led the public programme for British Art Show 8 at Leeds Art Gallery. She was previously Director of S1 Artspace, Sheffield and Sculpture Curator for the Arts Council Collection.
Between 2004 and 2010 she was Visual Arts Relationship Manager at Arts Council England based in Cambridge. Jane began her career in London in the mid-1990s at Matt’s Gallery and Anthony Reynolds Gallery working with artists including Leon Golub, Paul Graham, Steve McQueen, Nancy Spero, Georgina Starr, Nobuko Tsuchiya and Mark Wallinger. She studied on the De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam (1999-2000) and has an MA in History of Art (Post-War British Art) from The Courtauld Institute of Art.
She is the Chair of Transform Festival in Leeds and a Trustee of originalprojects; in Great Yarmouth.
Cara is a Senior Associate Solicitor at Birketts LLP, specialising in Commercial Property. Cara was born in Norwich, grew up in North Norfolk, and moved to Great Yarmouth in 2021. Having attended Sheringham High School and Sixth Form, she went on to study Law with French at Sussex University in Brighton. Cara’s university studies included a year in France studying Law at the University of Toulouse, and she completed her Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Guildford in 2012. Cara was admitted as a Solicitor to the roll of Solicitors in England and Wales in March 2015.
Cara is of mixed English and Jamaican heritage, and often volunteers with the Norfolk Black History Month Committee, working all year round to organise events in celebration of black and ethnic minority heritage and contribution to culture in the region. Before joining originalprojects; Cara was a Non-Executive Director and Chair for a Norwich social enterprise named Your Own Place CIC, which aims to prevent homelessness by offering training, mentoring and support to vulnerable people in the region.
Cara moved from Norwich to Great Yarmouth in March 2021, and is enjoying getting to know its wonderful community and heritage.
Rob has a background in anthropology and community development. He was a European Director for the International Association for Community Development and has also worked in local government for the past 15 years. Rob facilitated the creation of the first cultural strategy for Great Yarmouth during his time at the Borough Council.
Rob has spent much of his life living and working in Great Yarmouth and is passionate about the people and the place and the role the arts can play in the town’s future.
Alan Kane is a contemporary artist working and living in Great Yarmouth. He has worked across many media both inside and outside of gallery and institutional settings throughout the UK and the world. His work is represented in many of the major national collections of art inc. Tate, Arts Council Collection, British council Collection Government Art Collection and others.
Holly grew up in Great Yarmouth and has a deep love for its people and the place. With a background in Community Development, across the public and voluntary sectors in Great Yarmouth, Holly is driven by the actions, experiences and stories of local people that strengthen neighbourhood connections, bring about enhanced wellbeing, and explore collective approaches to shaping positive change.