openspace is a non-profit arts development organisation that integrates artworks into the fabric of an urban landscape.
We create a stimulating environment that makes a direct contribution to the personal, economic and community well-being of local residents and the wider public.
© Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett
Lady Colin Campbell is a writer and historian, best known for her royal biographies such as Diana in Private, and the most recent The Untold Life of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
"I think art is one of the best forms of pleasure that civilisation has to offer, and it is wonderful when all the citizens of a country can appreciate some of it in their every day lives. Just by being exposed to it, many people will derive an experience which will enhance their lives and society generally."
Flavia Cerrone is the Press & Communication Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance, an Arts Marketing Association Member rep for London, and a yoga instructor.
"The arts open your heart and expand the limits of your ego making you feel part of a bigger self, a community, a shared consciousness. That is why I really appreciate work that brings communities together and creates something together for the common good. There are still pockets of the population who think that art is elitist and belongs to galleries. We are all part of this planet and we should celebrate our shared experience."
Dmitri Tcherniakov is a theatre director and set designer. His recent productions include: Simon Boccanegra (English National Opera); The Tsar's Bride (La Scala); and Prince Igor (Metropolitan Opera, NYC). Dmitri received The International Opera Award for Best Director in 2013.
"Dialogue is the keyword when it comes to art in unconventional or public places. Think of it as a dialogue between that particular spot, its history and the artist. This dialogue has the power to transform the context and the person looking at it. A dialogue that demands attention. I think, we are seeing the start of a fresh way of appreciating art."
Vasily Chernov, openspace Programme Manager
Vasily holds an MA in Performing Arts Management from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts.
He started his career as an administrator at international theatre festivals, working with Cheek By Jowl, Volksbuehne and The Royal Court Theatre. Vasily went on to become Administrative Director at Ensemble Productions event agency, managing classical music concerts at the Barbican, ballet galas at The Coliseum Theatre and open-air festivals on the South Bank. His involvement with visual arts began at Sotheby’s and led to his role as director of VZ Gallery, an independent Shoreditch gallery promoting up-and-coming London-based artists.
Victoria Viorstava, Project Curator
Victoria studied social psychology before gaining her Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s Institute of Art. She has lectured in Art Expertise at the European Humanities University in Vilnius and has worked at the David Aaron Gallery and Sotheby’s in London. Most recently she was director of the St Petersburg Gallery in Mayfair. Her particular interests lie in cutting-edge contemporary art and electronic music.
Abby Waldman, Communications Co-ordinator
Abby’s career in print publishing spans 17 years. Her love of words (and pictures) has taken her from editing and designing illustrated art-history books to copywriting, consultancy and brand development. She currently works as a newspaper sub-editor and takes on interesting freelance projects. As a Londoner and long-time Hackney resident Abby likes to get involved with community arts and urban greening projects and is passionate about their power to transform the urban environment.