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.



Volunteer Coordinator

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.


Technical Assistant

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, Nigel is researching fundraising and income generation opportunities for BACKLIT. Prior to this he worked in research at the University of Sheffield, gained an MSc in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, and went on to work in the department itself. He also works part time at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester.


Office and Studio Coordinator

As Office and Studio Coordinator at BACKLIT, Emily ensures that the day to days aspects of BACKLIT are running smoothly. This also includes assisting with ongoing projects as well as updating BACKLIT’s website and social media. Emily has an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies and has previous arts administration experience from Cinimod Studio, Rankin and the BBC.


Deputy Director

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.


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.


Philip Brookes Stephens
Charity Consultant, Governance, Fundraising and PR


Ashley Gallant
Founder of Backlit, Advisory Board Member and Collections Access Officer at the Collection & Usher Gallery, Lincoln.
Thiago Carvalho
Director of the Park Estate, Business and Economics Consultant.
Carol Brady
Director of Strategy, NHS Community Trust, Lincolnshire
Matt Hall
Consultant for multimedia brands. Freelance Journalist and Commissioner for The Guardian and BBC.


Terry Shave
Professor of Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Artist.
Carol Jones
Principal Lecturer, College of Art & Design and Built Environment, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University.
Cherry Underwood
Trust Executive, Renewal Trust.



Ex- Head of Communications and Development at Nottingham Contemporary.

Consultant and advisor for audience development and stakeholder management

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