Art Space - Governance


Art Space Portsmouth currently has a board of Directors / Trustees of the charity who are responsible for the overall management, strategic direction and financial welfare of the organisation. The number of trustees can be increased to eleven and they can be voted in by the Art Space membership by rotation (maximun 6 years in total).

Art Space is proactively seeking new board members who can contribute to the development of the organisation and who can offer skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Law
  • Building Management
  • Marketing, Journalism and Communications
  • Third Sector

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a trustee please click here.

Current Board Members:


INTERIM CHAIR: Oliver Sumner

Oliver Sumner is an independent curator and learning specialist. He has worked with artists in participatory and interactive projects for over 20 years in London and South East England.
Oliver’s activities include research, evaluation and project management. He has undertaken freelance contracts for many cultural organisations including Arts Council England, the British Council, Engage (National Association for Gallery Education), Iniva, the Museums Association, the Sorrell Foundation, and Tate.
As a curator, he has produced socially-engaged projects, international exchanges, residencies, and exhibitions. He has worked in senior programming roles for public galleries including Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, and John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton. Between 2001 and 2006 he was Head of Education at Camden Arts Centre, London.  Oliver completed an MA in History of Art in 1997. He lives in Portsmouth.




INTERIM VICE CHAIR: Patti Gaal-Holmes  - Artist

Patti Gaal-Holmes is an artist/filmmaker and historian whose work is informed by her cross-cultural background, travelling/living in various countries and by philosophical, theoretical and literary discourses on post/colonialism, migration, exile, materiality and processes of production. She lived and travelled in various countries before settling in the UK and studying for a BA (Hons) and AHRB-funded MA in Painting at Winchester School of Art. In 2006 she took up an AHRC-funded research scholarship in film at the University of Portsmouth as part of the ‘1970s British Cinema’ project. She is Reviews Editor for the Routledge journal, Transnational Cinemas, and completed a doctoral thesis which is the subject of her publication 'A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity’ (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2015). She has been a studio-holding member of Art Space Portsmouth since 2005.



Nick Wood is a Trustee and the current Treasurer. He is from Portsmouth and joined the financial services sector here over 35 years ago. He now works in the area following periods spent working in Jersey, Isle of Man and London.

Nick is married to Tanya who is one of the studio holders and wants to support the growth of Artspace to ensure it plays a major part in the Arts in the area. He is particularly keen to grow the educational support Artspace can provide for both for its artist members and externally for the Portsmouth / Hampshire community.


TRUSTEE: Des Kilfeather

Des Kilfeather is a conceptual artist, inspired by research into philosophy and ethics. His current focus is responding to artist intention, the collective unconscious, space, time, dimensions and quantum physics. This evolved from this exploration of ethics and a year long research project with Pallant House Gallery as a volunteer on its Step Up programme.

Des' art has been exhibited twice and shortlisted once at the UK National Open Art Exhibition, winning a prize in 2010. His visual response to James Joyce's Dubliners was exhibited for four months at the Dublic Writers Museum. Most recently Des has been invited to exhibit as part of Chichester's Oxmarket Gallery Summer Ehibition and in Arun District Council's reception area, celebrating Littlehampton Festival 2015.

Des studied photography at the University of Brighton, painting, drawing and teh philosophy of art at West Dean College and most recently for his MA Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth.

    TRUSTEE- Ruth Collins

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