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Arts Advisory Group

The Arts on the Waterways Advisory Group provides strategic and expert advice on the direction of The Arts on the Waterways programme and ensuring that we work with talented artists and leading arts institutions which are based near waterways.

Antony Gormley sculpture at Lengthsman's Cottage Antony Gormley sculpture at Lengthsman's Cottage

The Arts on the Waterways programme was initiated by the Trust in 2012 in partnership with Arts Council England, and more recently with strategic support from the Arts Council of Wales.

The Arts group enables the Trust to inspire more people to experience and appreciate our waterways.

Meet our members

Jonathan Watkins, director of Ikon Gallery, Chair

Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999, Jonathan is internationally known as a leading UK based curator and director of visual arts. He’s worked in London as curator of the Serpentine Gallery, and has curated many exhibitions in this country and abroad including: the Biennale of Sydney (1998), Tate Triennial (2003), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007), Guangzhou Triennial (2012) and the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2013

Tony Hales CBE

Former chair of Canal & River Trust, Tony is currently chairman of the Greenwich Foundation which is responsible for the famous Old Royal Naval College. Tony is also a trustee of Welsh National Opera and a great supporter of arts for young people. He was previously chief executive of Allied Domecq, chair of NAAFI and chairman of British Waterways.

Ian Banks, director Atoll Ltd, member of NW Waterways Partnership

Ian is both a chartered architect and a public art consultant. He is the director of Atoll Ltd, a micro art + architecture collaborative that partners with an ever-changing network of creative artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, designers and curators.

Tamsin Dillon, director of Art on the Underground (London)

Tamsin is a leading curator based in the UK. She was director of art on the underground, the highly regarded contemporary art programme within a world leading underground transport. Tamsin recently curated 14-18-NOW, a major initiative focused on the centenary of the First World War, and for the Kings Cross Partnership. She was interim head of exhibitions and displays at TATE Liverpool in 2014.

Claire Doherty, director of Situations

Claire is the founder director of Situations. She was awarded a prestigious Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award as an outstanding cultural entrepreneur and in 2012 led Situations to become an independent arts organisation and charity. From 2015 Situations became an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.

Mark Dunhill, dean of CSM School of Art, Central Saint Martins

Mark is academic dean at Central Saint Martins with responsibility for the programmes of Art, Culture and Enterprise, Drama and Performance, and Graphic Communication. He was chair of the National Association for Fine Art Education between 2008-12 and has been a trustee and advisor for independent and public arts organisations

Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, director of Craftspace, Birmingham

Deirdre is currently the director of Craftspace, based in Birmingham, which works in partnership with makers and artists, audiences, venues and a diverse range of organisations to push boundaries and perceptions around contemporary crafts practice, touring exhibitions and audience development.

Manick Govinda, arts admin, head of artists’ advisory services

Mark is head of Artists' Advisory Services and Artists' producer at the leading artists agency, Artsadmin. He is also a non-executive director of a-n The Artists’ Information Company and a freelance writer and campaigner on free expression on arts and immigration issues.

Marianne McNamara, artistic director, Mikron Theatre

Marianne joined Mikron, the famous boating and touring theatre company, as an actor in 2003. Since then she has worked for the company as an actor, administrator, director, youth worker and now as artistic director, taking the company to new heights.

Judith Palmer, director, Poetry Society

Judith has been director of The Poetry Society since 2008. She has worked previously for influential organisations including: Arts Catalyst, Arts Council England, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Barbican Centre, The Women's Library and Gunpowder Park. She has been a freelance correspondent working for national media including BBC R4, The Independent and the Sunday Telegraph

Megan Piper, director, Piper Gallery and The Line

Megan is a contemporary art dealer based in London. Her exhibitions look at rediscovering and re-evaluating artists who have been working since the 60s and 70s. She also manages private sales and acquisitions of secondary market work. Megan is the co-founder of The Line, London's first dedicated modern and contemporary art walk alongside the lower River Lea.

Sarah Weir OBE, chief executive, Waddesdon Manor, National Trust

Sarah is currently Chief Executive of Waddesdon Manor, a Rothschild House with a world class collection and formal gardens. It’s renowned as an award winning property in the National Trust family. Following a move from business into the arts, Sarah worked at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Arts & Business and the Royal Academy of Arts.  She continued to make a growing impact in the arts as Director of Arts and Culture for London Legacy Development Corporation, Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for Olympic Delivery Authority, Executive Director, Arts Council England, London and Executive Director of the Almeida Theatre. 

Last date edited: 17 December 2015