Art Space - Governance


Current Board Members:


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.



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: Ginny Topp  - Artist


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- Gareth Colwell

Gareth Colwell is an experienced arts marketing professional, who has lived in Southsea for the past 15 years. Currently he works as a Senior Communications Officer at Southampton City Council, where he provides communications and marketing support for the Arts & Heritage service (who manage Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum and Tudor House & Garden). Previous to this, he was the Communications & Audience Development Manager at Aspex Gallery for three years, following graduation from the University of Portsmouth with a Politics degree in 2011. He hopes to use his experience to help Art Space Portsmouth reach new audiences, and also engage our existing ones on a deeper level through the use of digital technologies.



TRUSTEE- Bridget Lloyd- Artist

Bridget Lloyd has been a studio holder and member of Art Space Portsmouth since 1984.  She has exhibited her work as part of Art Space Portsmouth group shows and at open studio events.  Her work is about the forces and energies in landscape.  Bridget is interested in the divisions and boundaries imposed on the land by natural and human forces. 

Bridget is also involved in education teaching Art and Design to 11 – 16 year olds at Portchester Community School.

    TRUSTEE (ARTIST LIAISON)- David Leefe Kendon- Artist

TRUSTEE - Tim Sage

Tim Sage is a self-employed architect living and working in Southsea – since 1984 - specialising in building conservation.  Before settling into full-time practice, he had been a technical editor for the weekly journal for architects, and for three years a full time university lecturer in architecture in Malaysia, and subsequently part-time for a number of years at the University of Portsmouth.  He has exploited every opportunity of introducing art into architecture, and has commissioned a number of works for clients.  He was responsible for designing the disabled access to the Brougham Road gallery and subsequently its conversion to studios.  He hopes to assist Art Space in assuring the future of artists’ studios of the highest standard in well-maintained and serviced accommodation.

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