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.
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.
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
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.
Gallery & Building Facilitator
Ryan is our Gallery & Building Facilitator. He helps manage the safety, security and practical approach to technical support for delivery of the public programme. Based in Nottingham, Ryan is a member of Chaos Magic, an arts project space and studio based within BACKLIT.
Office Manager and Studio Coordinator
As Office Manager and Studio Coordinator Joey oversees the day-to-day running of Backlit, maintaining and implementing administration and communication systems for staff and studio members. She is also a practicing artist with a wide range of experience in managing large art projects and exhibitions internationally.
Heather is responsible for the marketing and PR at BACKLIT. Born in Nottingham, Heather began her marketing career working as the Audience Development Officer at Nottingham Playhouse. She subsequently worked as the Marketing Manager for The Yard Theatre in Hackney and also in the live music and events division for VICE Media. Heather is a musician and has a particular interest in making sure that the arts can be accessed by everyone.
Philip Brooks-Stephenson (Chair)
Ashley Gallant (Vice-Chair)
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS