All Speaker Bios to be added soon

Birte Gehm is the Communications and Operations Manager of Res Artis – the Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies. She is in charge of communication matters and administration at the Res Artis office in Amsterdam. Besides connecting and promoting the organisation’s members, handling the office administration and taking part in meeting committees, she is also involved in developing content and tools in response to the needs of members and the changing realities of the artist residency field.


Frederik Hardvendel, who has an artistic, creative educational background as graphic designer, is Director of the Danish Art Workshops. He has worked for many years managing creative enterprises in Denmark and abroad. Frederik has been in the management of consultancy agency Advice A/S, Key Account in Format & Partners, Bangkok as well as Head of Design in DR, Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Frederik works occasionally as a professional advisor to creative companies and has for years been Chairman at the International Ceramic Research Centre. He is also part of the steering committee for interdisciplinary leadership in the Ministry of Culture, Denmark.

Lucy Latham joined Julie's Bicycle in September 2013 to work on the strategic integration of environmental sustainability within artistic and cultural venues and activities. She works across a variety of consultancy projects and creative programmes, focusing on policy, operational best practice, engagement and cultural change. She also coordinates Julie's Bicycle's creative campaigns and supports the development of its leadership and professional development programmes. Lucy has a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Social and Political Theory. Julie’s Bicycle is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Lea O’Loughlin manages Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) and is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Res Artis. Working with international artists and liaising with governments and foundations to maximise their investment in London cultural residencies. A vital part of her role is to build strong and sustainable relationships between residency funders, visiting artists and a wide cross-section of communities both within and beyond the cultural sphere. She has a history of developing residencies, promoting international dialogue and critical exchange, connecting people and networks and providing practical guidance and advice to artists and arts organisations. Holding an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art London and Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia her previous experience includes working with The Royal British Society of Sculptors, The Florence Trust, Tate, Gasworks, Cubitt Artists (United Kingdom), MoMA (United States) and Adelaide Central Gallery & Studios (Australia).

Eliza Roberts is the inaugural Executive Director of Res Artis focused on fundraising, public profile and strategy for the organisation. Eliza served on the Res Artis Board of Directors from 2012 – 2016, including a 2 year term as Vice-President from 2014. For the past 6 years Eliza worked as Arts Residencies Manager at Asialink, Australia’s largest and most long-standing artist residency program in the region. Eliza has diverse experience in the arts industry, having worked at a range of local and international institutions and organisations including Christie’s auction house in London, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and Artbank. Eliza speaks intermediate level Indonesian and holds a MA Art Curatorship and BA Creative Arts, both from the University of Melbourne.

Tiina Sanila-Aikio or Paavvâl Taannâl Tiina (born 1983 in Sevettijärvi, Inari) is the President of the Sámi Parliament of Finland. Sanila-Aikio has been a member of the Sámi Parliament since 2012. Before her presidency, Sanila-Aikio worked as a teacher of Skolt Sámi language and culture at the Sámi Education Institute in Inari. Moreover, she has been active in promoting the language and culture of the Skolt Sámi, for example providing teaching materials. Sanila-Aikio is also known as an artist who has performed in many ways, both in traditional and in modern ways of music. The other main occupation of the Sanila-Aikio family is reindeer herding. She lives in Inari with her husband and daughter.

Leena Vuotovesi is CEO of the development company Micropolis Ltd. located close to the Arctic Circle as well as the President of the Board of Directors at Res Artis. Previously, Leena was the executive director of KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre running a tailored residency program. Leena has been the representative of Res Artis at the board of Culture Action Europe. She participated also in the work of the EU commission’s OMC working group on mobility of artists as an external expert. In Finland she is active at The Finnish Cultural Foundation Association.