Speakers

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Nathalie Anglès is a founder of and the Executive Director of Residency Unlmited (RU) in New York, a non profit arts organization that fosters customised residencies for artists and curators. She studied history and political science and is a graduate of the École du Magasin Independent curatorial program (Le Magasin – (CNAC Grenoble, France) . Fom 2000-2008 she worked at Location One as the Direrctor of the International Residency Program (New York). Previous positions include: Sotheby’s (London) where she organized Impressionist and Modern art mid season sales ; the American Center in Paris as Director of the Residency Program and curatorial assistant; Ecole des Beaux Arts (ENSBA), curatorial assistant to Alfred Pacquement ; Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs (UCAD), curatorial assistant to Marie Claude Beaud. In 2008, Nathalie received the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government.

Bikuben Foundation is a self-governing commercial foundation with the objective to create new opportunities within the cultural and social spheres. In recent years the Foundation has focused on how to support and strengthen the Danish visual arts scene and the conditions for artistic development and production in Denmark. As part of this focus the Foundation runs a one-year studio programme for newly graduates from art academies that includes a studio space and individual tutorials and guidance. In the autumn 2016 the Foundation launched a study of the Danish art scene and its current conditions aimed at the challenges and potentials within the field. This culminated in the report Current Conditions of Art published in spring 2017. Based on conversations and interviews with artists, curators and a wide range of Danish and international organisations the report identifies several areas to better support artistic development within production, knowledge sharing and models of organization – and to strengthen international networks.

Mikkel Carl is a visual artist, artist curator and writer based in Copenhagen/Sorø. Concentrating on the relationship between language and perceptual experience, Carl’s cross-media practice often enters into a critically inspired dialogue with 20th century movements, in particular conceptual art and minimal art. He shows an interest in found objects, branches of industrial design and fashion as well as popular and material culture. He has participated in the International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York (2016) and Residency Unlimited, New York (2014).

Yohann Floch is a freelance consultant for arts organisations, also taking part in the activities of several projects such as CASA Circuits (a mobility programme to help professionals to work and cooperate transnationally) and Circus Incubator (an professional development programme for emerging artists and arts presenters implemented in Europe, North & South America). Yohann Floch regularly leads workshops and seminars on cultural policy, international networking, capacity building and strategic management: working internationally, he delivers lectures in universities or talks in professional meetings. He leads FACE-Fresh Arts Coalition Europe, an international network gathering 40 arts organisations from 16 countries that facilitates international partnerships and promotes contemporary cross-disciplinary art forms. It covers category-defying practices such as live art, physical and visual theatre, contemporary circus, site-specific arts, immersive and participatory projects. He regularly provides artistic advice to venues and festivals active in the contemporary circus field. Finally, he is also an expert at the Fondation de France for the programme Déclics Jeunes providing individual grants to support young entrepreneurs realizing a personal project, as a first step to enter a professional career. He is Board Member of On the Move, network providing information on cultural mobility.

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.


Francisco Guevara is a visual artist, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Arquetopia Foundation. He specializes in Levinasian ethics applied to the design of transcultural artistic projects and the analysis of performativity in contemporary art practices. His experience spans nearly 20 years of designing, curating, and managing art projects through visual arts education and historiography of art, facilitating Development, sustainability and social transformation. As a visual artist, Guevara investigates the historical construction of the differentiation process and its relationship with the performativity of identity, including gender, class, and race. Guevara received his title of Expert in Management and Planning of Development Aid Projects in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture from UNED, OEI and CIDEAL, a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Communication from FLACSO, and studied “Race, Gender and the Historiographies of Art” at the University of New Mexico.

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.

Merete Jankowski is the director of Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen. A vital part of her role is to present new Danish and international contemporary art of high artistic level crossing media and generations. Overgaden has the solo show as its focal point, but the profile also consists of experimenting with exhibition formats and the relationship between artists, art institution and audience. Alongside this position, Jankowski is a freelance curator and writes for publications on contemporary art. Before coming to Overgaden, Jankowski was Rector at The Funen Art Academy and worked as a teacher at various art academy in the Nordic countries and internationally. She has worked at the University of Copenhagen, teaching contemporary art and curating, and as a curator at the Danish Arts Foundation. Jankowski holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Copenhagen.

Jean-Baptiste Joly was born in Paris. Studied German literature and language in Paris and Berlin. Former director of the French Cultural Institute in Stuttgart (1983-1988). Since 1.1.1989: CEO of the foundation Akademie Schloss Solitude, founding director and artistic director of the Akademie. Honorary professor at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee, College of Art and Design, Berlin. Member of the board of trustees of different foundations and cultural institutions in Germany and in France. Member of the avisory board of Transcultural Exchange, Boston. Former member (2009-2015) of the French-German Council for Culture.

Tooraj Khamenehzadeh is an artist and curator based in Tehran and New York. He studied Computer Engineering at Azad University in Qazvin, Iran and received a B.S. in 2002 as well as a Film Shooting Course Diploma. As an artist he has shown his photographs, videos and installation works in various festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally. He is co-founder and a member of the board of directors of Rybon Art Center, an independent art institute in Tehran, as well as a board member of Res Artis. He is also program manager of Kooshk Residency in Tehran.

Peter Legemann has studied and worked in the computer sciences at the Technical University in Berlin before he switched his scientific career to the arts. He started the transformation of Schloss Broellin, a historic monument building in the north of Germany, into a cultural venue and an artist-in-residence place with a focus in performing arts. Since 1992 he has been managing director and head of the board of Schloss Broellin and has been in charge of strategies, administration, promotion, public relations and finances. Now as a founding director and a board member he additionally is conducting projects in the area of residences for the performing arts and promotes the cooperation between related European and global networks. He runs international theatre projects and focuses on teaching in the field of cultural management at diverse universities.

Cameron MacLeod (b1975) is a Canadian artist based in Bergen, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden. His practice involves the invention of functional technological devices intended to invoke reflection on the relationship between emerging technology trends and the cultural shifts produced by them. As an extension to his artist practice he has founded and currently directs two artist run organizations, Platform Stockholm (SE) and Aldea (NO) which focus on leveraging new technological trends to explore alternative artist ecosystems. He holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA in “Art in the Public Realm” from Konstfack University in Stockholm and work has been included in exhibitions such as Small Projects (NO), Dortmund Bodega (NO), Performa (NY), Abbaye aux Dames (FR) and Blank Projects (SA).

Kristien van den Oeveris director of AGA LAB and co-founder of The Platform of workshops and Labs in the Netherlands and Belgium. The Platform makes new developments visible and examines the position and significance of workshops by organizing symposia and meetings. ‘Platform Werplaatsen’ is supported by AiR Platform NL, platform for artist-in-residence programs in the Netherlands. AGA LAB is a workshop and lab for artists and designers, specialized in graphic techniques and located in Amsterdam. Being the oldest workshop in the Netherlands, AGA LAB aims to offer the optimal context (AiR and Studio) for experiment, research and production.

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).

Ehsan Rasoulof founded Mohsen Gallery on January the 8th 2010 in memory of his brother, Mohsen Rasoulof, the Iranian young photographer and illustrator who died in a plane crash in 2008. Mohsen Gallery is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Tehran. The gallery actively represents leading contemporary artists, embracing diverse artistic practices, from painting, sculpture and photography to video, performing art and new media.In the year 2011, he founded TADAEX – Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition, with the aim of opening new horizons for digital arts in Iran. The festival invites international artists to engage and interact with Iranian artists in pursuit of creating the opportunity to share universal ideas and experiences through digital media. Rasoulof founded Kooshk residency in 2013. Kooshk is a non-political, cultural and artistic space in Tehran and it tries to provide a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage inter-cultural dialogues and art creation. In addition to his aforementioned work, he is known as film, theatrical and music producer. He is currently working and nurturing number of alternative indie bands called: Pallett, Bomrani, Raam and Damahi. 

Ferdinand Richard is the founder/director of A.M.I. association based in Marseille. He is a founder-member of La Friche Belle-de-Mai/Marseille since 1992, and has been its deputy-director for 8 years. Since 2009, he is the current president of The Roberto Cimetta Fund, dedicated to artists and cultural activists’ mobility in the Euro-Arab-Middle East relationship. Since january 2016, he is membre of the governance body of the Institut du Monde Arabe in the Region Hauts-de-France (Tourcoing).


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.

Tine Vindfeld is a senior adviser at the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces, department of Visual Arts, that act as secretariat for the Danish Arts Foundation and is responsible for the administration of the state funding for Visual Arts in Denmark i.e. working grants, production of work, art in public space, exhibitions as well as international activities. Tine holds an M.A. in Modern Culture from The University of Copenhagen and previously worked as a curator at the Danish Architecture Centre and at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. In her current position she is involved in the international activities of the Danish Arts Foundation: The Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, curators visiting programs as well as in- and outgoing artist residency programs.

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.