Who Works Here
Honor is a curator from New Zealand who has a particular interest in science and technology. She joined Lighthouse in March 2010 as Director, and became Artistic Director on 1 February 2013.
As Artistic Director, Honor is responsible for Lighthouse’s artistic vision and programmes, and – in collaboration with the Managing Director – the business plan and strategic position of the organisation.
Honor has worked at the intersection between contemporary art, moving image, and the digital creative industries for over 15 years. As a curator, she has specialised large-scale interdisciplinary exhibitions and events that explore the cultural impact of scientific ideas and how digital technology is shaping society. Key recent examples include the Lighthouse projects, Laboratory Life, Invisible Fields and Solar Systems.
Prior to joining Lighthouse, Honor worked in several successful cultural organisations. From 2009-10, she was curator of transmediale, Berlin’s international festival of art, moving image and digital culture. From 2004 – 2008, she was director of the AV Festival, which she established as an independent organization, and developed into the largest biennial of digital art, film and music in the UK. She was the first curator of online broadcasting for Tate, and also curated events and concerts at Tate Modern. She began her career at the art gallery, Artspace in New Zealand, and has subsequently worked on exhibitions and events around the world, including in Australia, the Netherlands, Latvia, Finland, India, Croatia, South Africa.
Honor’s commitment to work which operates at the interstices between art, technology and science is rooted in her artistic practice, which is produced under the name r a d i o q u a l i a together with collaborator, Adam Hyde.
She gives talks regularly, including at conferences such as TED and Lift, as well as places like the European Space Agency, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the California Institute of the Arts, and the American Film Institute.
Miriam is a cultural manager from the UK who has a passion for business development and arts administration. She joined Lighthouse in April 2007, and became Managing Director on 1 February 2013.
Miriam has a Fine Art degree from the University of Brighton, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Sussex.
As Managing Director, Miriam is responsible for managing the Lighthouse team, extending and developing Lighthouse’s business activities, managing the organisation’s finances, setting policy, and – in collaboration with the Artistic Director – the business plan and strategic position of the organisation.
Since joining Lighthouse Miriam has overseen the successful delivery of venue operations and events, including new courses in creative technologies, developing the space as a vibrant hub for events and training, and fostering key relationships in Brighton’s digital creative industries.
Before joining Lighthouse, Miriam worked at the Gardner Arts Centre, a contemporary art gallery and performance venue in Brighton, on front of house services.
Prior to her move into arts administration, Miriam was a successful musician and practising artist, delivering projects for Island Records, Rough Trade and Skint Records. During her musical career Miriam was a multi instrumentalist and songwriter in her own band, while also working with other independent artists as a co-writer and player on individual performances, tours and recording dates across the UK.
Jamie is a curator and professional in arts development, he has worked as visual arts officer for the Arts Council in London, Yorkshire and the South East, and has supported artists’ development through a number of roles, including as Digital Arts Programmer at Showroom, Sheffield.
He has been guest curator at Lovebytes International Digital Arts Festival, and is co-director and founder of moving image platform, videoclub. In his role as Programme Curator at Lighthouse, he is responsible for developing the commissioning programme, exhibitions and contextual events, as well as the professional development programme for artists. He is a Fine Art graduate, and has an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Sussex.
Emily has worked in film for over 11 years. Before joining Lighthouse in 2006, she worked in production for six years, accumulating credits on 30+ feature films starring some of cinema’s best-known names including Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Penelope Cruz, Christopher Walken and Michael Caine.
Working mainly on international co-productions, her role as Assistant to the Producers and Head of Business Affairs led to strong working relationships with producers, financiers, sales and distribution companies, media lawyers and talent agents from around the globe.
As Programme Producer at Lighthouse, Emily is responsible for running a number of large-scale projects including the prestigious Guiding Lights programme which has created 88 mentorships between emerging film talent and some of the most successful industry professionals in the UK. Emily was also recently responsible for managing and acting as Executive Producer on a short film production scheme run in partnership with BBC Film Network. Four films were produced through the scheme, with one, Turning, receiving a Best Short Film BAFTA nomination. A second film, Wish 143, was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Live Action Short. She has also produced three other shorts and provided advice and support on countless others.
Sian Habell-Aili Green
Currently Project Manager across Lighthouse’s Film & Digital Arts programme, Sian previously held the post of Development Co-ordinator, initially for the UK Film Council’s First Feature Stream, and most recently for the BFI’s Film Fund. She began her career at BBC Panorama, moving to Poisson Rouge Pictures in 2005, where she worked for four years as Creative Executive and in-house Coordinator. Sian worked on several UK and international productions including Francois Ozon’s ‘Angel’, Luca Guadagnino’s ‘I Am Love’ and Marek Losey’s ‘The Hide’, and in development on Bola Agbaje’s ‘Gone Too Far’. She produced her first short film ‘The Holiday’ in 2010.
Emma joined Lighthouse in 2005 as Administrator. She is the first point of contact at Lighthouse for all general & venue hire enquiries. A typical day for Emma involves co-ordinating room hires, making sure the office & building runs smoothly and providing support to the Lighthouse team.
Emma is also an expert doodler with a degree in Illustration, in her spare time you can find her creating photoshop wonderlands, going for country strolls, jumping around in moshpits and being obsessive about her two cats.
Roberta joined Lighthouse in March 2011. She is a recent graduate with a degree in Photography from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Her role at Lighthouse involves assisting with events and exhibitions and overseeing volunteers. In September 2011, Roberta co-ordinated Brighton Digital Festival. She is currently working as the coordinator for BFI Shorts 2012.
Roberta has put her photographic talents to excellent use at Lighthouse, and has taken many photographs – including the staff portraits – for us.
Operations and Programme Assistant
Grace joined Lighthouse in June 2012. As the Operations & Programme Assistant, she provides support for the staff team, helping to ensure the office, venue, and programme of events runs smoothly. Before joining Lighthouse she worked as Bar Manager at Brighton Dome, and as Production Assistant at Succulent Pictures.
Grace is a History graduate with a passion for the arts. She has used her front of house and organizational skills on a range of arts events, festivals, and projects, and in 2011 she ran an Oxjam gig single-handedly.
Grace takes brilliant care of our visitors, and helps Emma as the first point of contact at Lighthouse. She also bakes a mean cup cake, much to the delight of her teammates!
Phil is a freelance technician who works on a wide range of film, media and arts based projects. He has been a part of the Lighthouse team and has worked on the programme of events here since 2008. As well as covering all the technical needs for events, exhibitions and seminars he duty manages, solves IT issues and also looks after the décor and general maintenance of the building.
He comes from an event management and conferencing background and is a graduate of Automotive Engineering and Design and of Human Psychology. Away from his many and varied roles he enjoys Scrabble, cryptic crosswords and table tennis and is renowned for the all year round wearing of shorts.
Nat is a creative technologist, designer, developer, maker, and tinkerer. She came to the Lighthouse for the Happenstance project, during which she built Offbott with James Bridle. After that, she found it too hard to leave, so she stayed in the office and takes care of the Lighthouse’s website.
Nat was the first child in Poland to access the web (probably) and a first one to have their own website (definitely). In breaks between making things, organising events and running workshops she can be occasionally spotted at Brighton’s hackspace – BuildBrighton.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our Board of Trustees is a voluntary body which has legal responsibility for the overall governance and management of Lighthouse. Its members bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to the organisation.
Anthony Lilley (Chair, appointed June 2009)
Anthony Lilley (OBE) is a BAFTA and Peabody Award winning interactive media producer. He is Chief Executive of Magic Lantern Productions, an interactive media production company specialising in content for broadband and multiplatform media. He was Executive Producer and co-creator of Channel 4’s FourDocs.
Anthony also works extensively in media policy, currently as a Member of the Ofcom Content Board, as well as having advised government departments including DCMS and DCSF. He advises Arts Council England as their Digital Media Associate, and is a member of the Board of the English National Opera.
In 2008, he was News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at the University of Oxford and holds a Visiting Professorship at Bournemouth University. He has written for the Financial Times, Broadcast Magazine, the Guardian and many other journals and newspapers.
Anthony was awarded the OBE for services to media and creative industries in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Sue Gollifer (appointed January 2006)
Sue is a Principal Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Arts and Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton and the Course Leader of the MA in Digital Media Arts and the MA in Printmaking and Professional Practice. She is an early pioneer as a computer artist and her work can be seen in the Digital Art Museum DAM. Her primary research is on ‘the impact of new technology within the practice of Fine Art’ and she has presented a number of evaluative and analytical papers on this subject at major international conferences.
She is on a number of National and International Committees, including a Director of DACS, the UK Design and Artists Copyright Society and Vice Chair of CADE, Computers in Art and Design Education. In 2004 she was selected as the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Chair 2004, the first European to be selected for this prestigious role. She is also the Curator of ArCade, the UK Open International Biennale of Electronic Fine Art Prints 1997 – 2007.
Antony Gostyn (appointed September 2010)
Antony is a solicitor with many years of experience working in film, television and the cultural sector. He is one of the founding partners of Swan Turton. Prior to this, he was a partner at The Simkins Partnership for ten years, having spent several years in the legal department of the EMI Group and two years as the Business Affairs Manager of THORN EMI Video, before returning to private practice.
Antony is the author of the 1991, 1998 and 1999 editions of the PACT Model Contracts, which are widely used by television production companies. Antony was for many years a member of the PACT Finance Committee and was on the Board of the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) for five years, before standing down at the end of 2009.
Zoë Harley (appointed March 2010)
Zoë Harley from Boutique Communications is a Communications Consultant with over twelve years’ experience in public relations and marketing. She has worked with a number of high profile clients including spearheading campaigns for O2, Channel 4, Adobe Systems, and Nottinghill Carnival. Throughout her career she has worked within digital, as well as for business and lifestyle brands, and now works predominantly with charities and social enterprises.
Ken Smith (appointed June 2004)
Ken is a financially orientated senior executive with seven years of UK FTSE (250) main board experience, a founder director and divisional MD of UK airline with £500 million turnover. He is former President of an international airline association based in Brussels now with non-executive and consultancy roles within the aviation sector. He is a member of the Arts and Business Board Bank and Mentoring Scheme. Ken is completing his doctoral research in strategic management as part of a DBA at Kingston Business School and has a passionate interest in the contribution of the Arts to the development of strategic exploration within companies.
Martin Trickey (appointed February 2009)
Martin is currently the Group Head of Digital for Shed Media, where he is responsible for the digital life of broadcast brands and developing new multiplatform formats. Prior to this he was commissioning executive at the BBC responsible for online, red button and mobile content in Entertainment and Comedy. He has been in new media production for over 10 years winning a number of awards including a BAFTA for Celebdaq in 1994. He left the BBC for three years to help start the UK’s first professional TV channel Teachers TV as Director of Digital services, but returned in 2007.
Matt Adams (appointed November 2011)
Matt co-founded Blast Theory in 1991, an artists’ group renowned for its multidisciplinary approach pioneering the use of new technologies within performance contexts. The group has collaborated with scientists at the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham since 1997. Blast Theory presents work internationally and has been nominated for four BAFTAs and won the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica. Matt has curated at Tate Modern and at the ICA in London and has taught widely. He was a Thinker In Residence for the South Australian Government in 2004. He is a Visiting Professor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Regional Council Member of Arts Council England.
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