In 2008 the Trustees obtained the approval of the Charity Commission to revise the objectives of the fund to best serve the needs of today’s artists.


Lisa Gee - Chair

Lisa has over 30 years’ experience of working in the visual arts and is the Director of The Harley Foundation and Gallery, Nottinghamshire. The Harley’s mission is to develop spaces where creativity can flourish. It funds and manages two award-winning galleries and 22 subsidised studios for artists and makers. Lisa is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company.  She was the Chair of The Mighty Creatives from 2009 - 2015, a bridge organisation funded by Arts Council England to help young people access art and culture.


Barney Hare Duke

Barney is the Artistic Director of the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) in Stoke-on-Trent, a position he has held since inception in 2009.

Starting his career as a potter, Barney has accumulated over 40 years experience in the arts working as an artist, project manager, arts development officer, curator and consultant.


Tessa Jackson OBE

Tessa Jackson has worked in key positions within the UK cultural sector for more than twenty-five years, as a curator and gallery director, as well as a senior cultural policy maker and consultant.  Tessa was appointed Head of Visual Arts & Architecture for Glasgow 1990 – European Capital of Culture, where she was responsible for initiating key parts of the international artistic programme. From 1991 to 1999 she was Director of Arnolfini, one of the UK’s most significant international centres for the contemporary arts. From 1999 to 2001 Tessa became Director of the Scottish Arts Council, Scotland’s national arts and cultural development agency as well as lottery distributor. As Accounting Officer to the Scottish Parliament she was responsible for a £56 million budget, and she worked closely with the Scottish Executive towards the creation of Scotland’s first National Cultural Strategy.

From 2002 - 2010 Tessa Jackson divided her time between running her own consultancy company, International Cultural Development, and being the founding Artistic Director / Chief Executive of Artes Mundi, Wales International Visual Art Prize. 

In 2010 Tessa Jackson became Chief Executive of Iniva, the Institute of International Visual Arts in London. Tessa was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Years Honours for her services to art. Tessa now works as a freelance art consultant.

Matthew Collins, Artist

Matthew is an artist currently working in London. Since graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2015, he has participated in a number of exhibitions, projects and events at artist-run spaces throughout the UK and Europe.