About

openspace is a non-profit arts development organisation based in London 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.

 

 

 

open space

© Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett

 

Trustees

 
Lady Colin Campbell 
is a writer, socialite and TV personality, best known for her royal biographies Diana in Private; The Untold Life of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the most recent Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
 

"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 everyday lives. Just by being exposed to it, many people will derive an experience which will enhance their lives and society generally."
 


Flavia Cerrone was a  Press & Communications Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance for many years and the London rep for the Arts Marketing Association for three years. She moved on to become Teacher Training Manager for one of the best-known yoga centres in Europe and is specialized in teaching yoga to cancer patients.
 
“The arts open your heart making you feel part of a bigger self, a community and a shared consciousness. And I’m all the happier when we infuse educational aspects to our events in order to bring young people together, channelling energy, focus and creating something for the common good.”

 
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 twice, in 2013 and 2021.
 
"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."

Team

 

Vasily Chernov, Director

 

Vasily holds a degree 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 The VZ Gallery, an independent Shoreditch gallery promoting up-and-coming London-based artists.

 

Victoria Viorstava, 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 

 

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 exciting 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.