Founder & Director, Hide & Seek
Alex Fleetwood founded Hide&Seek in 2007 and has had a hand in all its projects since then. As well as Hide&Seek, Alex has produced projects including The Eternity Man, a film opera for Channel 4 / ABC Australia. The film reached a global audience of half a million people and recently won the Rose d’Or, one of the most prestigious awards in television. Alex sits on the London advisory panel for Artists Taking the Lead, the main commissioning programme for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and recently won the British Council UK Young Performing Arts Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Director, Clore Leadership Programme
Sue Hoyle is Director of the Clore Leadership Programme and Visiting Research Associate in Creative and Cultural Industries at King’s College London. She is a Trustee of the British Council and previously chaired the Boards of DV8 Physical Theatre and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Theatre. She has been a Board member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Ricochet Dance Productions, Council member of the Franco-British Council and Arts Council England’s Lead Adviser for Dance.
Sue began her career as a university lecturer and tutor in adult education. Her experience of arts management includes London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), Extemporary Dance Theatre, the British Council (Head Arts in France) and Arts Council England (Director of Dance 1989 – 94 and Deputy Secretary-General 1994 – 97). Prior to joining the Clore Leadership Programme, she was Executive Director of The Place, an international centre for conｇtemporary dance. She was appointed Deputy Director of the Clore Leadership Programme when it was created in 2003, and became Director in 2008.
As a consultant and facilitator, Sue has worked with a range of UK and international institutions, including the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi and ELIA. She is co-author of a comparative study on funding for culture in France and Britain.
Chair, Creative England
John Newbigin works as a free lance journalist, and a strategic consultant for the cultural industries. He is Chair of Creative England.
John Newbigin is a free-lance cultural entrepreneur and writer. He is Chairman of Creative England and of the cultural web publisher Culture24. As Special Advisor to the Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd. He was a policy advisor to the Leader of the UK Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, MP. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of East London, and other universities internationally.
Eisuke Tachikawa/ NOSIGNER
Representative, OLIVE project/ Founder, NOSIGNER DESIGN OFFICE
Founder of NOSIGNER – a design office which aims to design beyond what is invisible. Committed to social innovation, his designs have a social function combining elements including science and technology, education, local business and support for emerging nations. His work in product design, art direction and space design has won high critical acclaim internationally. He also started the OLIVE project in quake-stricken areas to share useful ideas and design in an internet-based Wikipedia style format.
Born in Kanagawa in 1975, Seiichi Saito began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD). Since then, he has been active in creative work at the Arnell Group, and returned to Japan upon being selected for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial event. He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. Seiichi Saito has won numerous awards at the 2009-2011 Cannes International Advertising Festival and other international award. He currently serves as Director of Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd. and Columbia University GSAPP StudioX Japan, while also lecturing part-time at the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Tokyo University of Science.
Sputniko! creates machines, films and music exploring technology, feminism and pop culture. Her narrative works are produced via research investigation with scientists and specialists to critically investigate a possible future of human and technology. Born between an English mother and a Japanese father who are Mathematics professors, Sputniko! graduated high school early to study Mathematics at Imperial College, London. As she pursued her studies in Science, she grew interested in the arts which allowed her science thinking to become more communicative and widespread, leading her to study for an MA at Royal College of Art, London. In 2010, after her graduation from RCA, Sputniko!’s works were exhibited at the Contemporary Museum of Art, Tokyo. In 2011, she also exhibited her works at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Representative of numabooks / Book Coordinator / Creative Director
Born in 1980. Shintaro Uchinuma is a book coordinator, creative director and a representative of “numabooks”. He produces book displays, libraries and book corners, and works on all kinds of projects that deal with books. He also works as a consultant for bookshops, agencies and digital books. He has recently worked on the reading equipment brand “BIBLIOPHILIC” (part of the company diskunion) and produced “numabookface” in collaboration with the graphic arts collective NAM. Publications include Work to build the future for books/ books to build the future for work published by Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc. in 2009.
Artist, Representative Director, Beppu Project
Born in 1970 in Oita, Japan. Artist in residence on the Arcus Program in Ibaraki (1996-1997), participated in the International Studio Program by PS1 in New York with assistance from ACC (2000-2001), resided in Europe on a scholarship from Pola Art Foundation (2002), resided in Paris as an external scholar of the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Japan) (2002-2004), founded BEPPU PROJECT with an aim to hold international exhibitions in cooperation with different organisations (2005).
2000-2001 “Taipei Biennial-THE SKY IS THE LIMIT” Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
2000-2001 “my home is yours, your home is mine” Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2000-2001 “GIFT OF HOPE” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
2002 “Exposition collective” Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2004 “PROJECT No. 20” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, U.S.A.
2005 “Weird walls” Netherlands。
Director, Mori Art Museum
Fumio Nanjo (b.1949 in Tokyo) has been the director of Mori Art Museum since November 2006 as well as a lecturer of Keio University since 1991. He graduated from Keio University in the faculty of Economics (1972) and Letters (Aesthetics/Art History;1977). He organised numerous exhibitions as an officer of the Japan Foundation (1978-1986), as the director of ICA Nagoya (1986-1990), as the founder and Representative Director of Nanjo and Associates (1990-2002), and as the Deputy Director of Mori Art Museum(2002-Oct、2006).
His main achievements include working as commissioner for the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale(1997), commissioner at the Taipei Biennale(1998), member of the jury committee of the Turner Prize(1998), co-curator of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art(1999), artistic director of the Yokohama Triennale 2001, jury member of the Golden Lion Prize of the Venice Biennale(2005) and Artistic Director of the Singapore Biennale(2006 / 2008). Publications include Asian Contemporary Art Report: China, India, Middle East and Japan(2010).