BACKLIT is a two-storey independent art gallery located in the heart of Nottingham, UK. It provides affordable studio spaces for contemporary artists, supporting early career graduates and emerging artists. In its exhibition role BACKLIT provides a dynamic public programme of national and international artists including original artist commissions, screenings and live debates. Central to the BACKLIT ethos is its strong working relationships with regional universities and its partnerships with other galleries and creative organisations. It is also committed to supporting projects that promote community and local heritage.
As Volunteer Coordinator, Carys is developing the Volunteer Programme at BACKLIT. She will be supporting current volunteering and looking for future opportunities for development and funding the programme. Prior to this she worked in marketing, funding and youth engagement at The Groundwork Greater Nottingham Trust. Currently developing youth ideas & projects in and around Nottingham city with a wide range of community and non-profit organisations.
As founder and director of BACKLIT Matthew is responsible for BACKLIT’s visual arts exhibition programming and the creative ethos which underpins the gallery. He founded Backlit immediately after graduating from Nottingham Trent University’s BA Fine Art course in 2008. His work as an artist is based around performance, video and sculpture with experimental configurations of people and technologies. He has worked internationally on projects and residencies in Japan, Germany and UK.
Peter has been involved in Art & Design Education for all of his career – working at Newark and Lincoln Colleges and Loughborough University. Parallel to this he has a ceramics studio which he is currently reviving to develop a range of functional pottery and exhibition pieces, in collaboration with his wife Karen.
Catalyst Project Coordinator
As Catalyst Project Coordinator Alice is researching fundraising and income generation opportunities for BACKLIT. She is an artist living and working in Nottingham with strong connections to the local scene. Prior to this she used to run an arts cafe and venue in Nottingham and worked for over 5 years for Barbican Art Gallery. She was previously a volunteer at Backlit and works part time at Nottingham Contemporary.
Learning and Community Coordinator
Gina is responsible for producing the Learning and Community Programme at BACKLIT. This involves the development of arts engagement opportunities for families, young people and local community groups. Prior to this role, Gina has worked as an arts educator for galleries, museums and arts organisations across the East Midlands. She is an Engage Council Member and Representative for the region.
As deputy director at BACKLIT Suzanne’s responsibilities include fund-raising, board support, business planning, managing the volunteer and internship programme and supporting the director’s role. Suzanne is also an artist, working mainly in fine art and illustration, and has 15 years experience in arts administration in London where she worked for the Arts Council and co-ordinated the Save the Arts campaign. She works part-time with the Foyle Foundation.
Heather is responsible for the marketing and PR at BACKLIT. Her role is to develop audiences, partnerships and networks and is part of the wider promotion of BACKLIT. Born in Nottingham, Heather has previously worked as the Audience Development Officer at Nottingham Playhouse. She also worked as the Marketing Manager at The Yard Theatre in Hackney and in the live music and events division of VICE Media. Heather is a musician herself and has a particular interest in making sure that the arts can be accessed by everyone.
Philip Brookes Stephens
Associate Professor for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham
Co Founder and project facilitator for Quarry Lab, she is a mentor, coach and independent consultant
Consultant and advisor for audience development and stakeholder management
Ex- Director of Strategy, NHS Community Trust, Lincolnshire
Trust Executive, Renewal Trust
Ex- Principal Lecturer, College of Art & Design and Built Environment, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University.