NEoN is delighted to announce the appointment of 8 new trustees. The new trustees will support NEoNs Director Donna Holford-Lovell to implement its newly developed plans that aim to provide the most effective support for the sector at a time when it couldn’t be more needed. The Director and NEoNs trustees are keen to find new ways of moving forward to support four identified aims.
Commitment to new audiences and reaching new people, focusing on women creatives and emerging artists, working in digital and technology-driven art.
Human (Arts) Rights - Best practice in internal and external equality, diversity and inclusion.
Development of representation, branding and communication - making it accessible and consistent.
New working practices and governance - being transparent and inclusive.
Andy Robertson - Andy is a community worker, designer and artist living in Dundee. Working as Creative Arts Lead for Hot Chocolate Trust, a charity that engages, builds relationships with, and grows community with young people, supporting them on their own terms.
His role there includes partnering with the creative and cultural sectors to bring high-quality opportunities to those that are often marginalised and face significant barriers and using the arts to support young people around mental health and trauma.
Andy is passionate about the interplay between design and community - both in terms of the positive social impacts that good quality creative engagement can enable, and the need for design to be rooted in real-world needs and demands of the contexts in, and people for, which it exists.
As an artist, Andy is interested in the spaces between possibility and impossibility, reality and imagination, known and unknown, ordinary and extraordinary.
Ben Jack Robinson - Ben is an artist and writer based in Dundee, Scotland. He was features editor at the Yuck ‘n Yum art zine and is on Twitter @benjackrobinson. His writing has been featured in X-R-A-Y, Silent Auctions, Terror House and the Tiny Seed Journal.
Jen Southern - Jen is an artist, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art & New Media at Lancaster University, and an Associate Director at the Centre for Mobilities Research. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for over 25 years and specialises in Art, Technology and Mobilities Research.
Jessica Armstrong - Jessica is a Project Manager and Creative Producer. She works as a freelance agent based in Edinburgh working with clients and partners from across industries and sectors, including the creative industries and academia; working with themes of digital, data, research and technology; and with micro-businesses, SMEs and corporates.
She strives to enable, empower and mentor growth and leadership. Her work supports creative practitioners, professionals and those with aspirations to do not only new or more but also different. Jessica helps them to design and deliver strategies to achieve their mission and vision.
Jessica is also an active contributor at Creative Edinburgh, supporting the CE team, the organisation and its members as the chair of its Steering Group. She volunteers with Scottish based charities Move On and the Super Power Agency.
Natallia Nenarokamava - Natallia is the Digital Campaigns Editor at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The FCDO promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.
Natallia leads on the development and implementation of strategic digital campaigns on a wide range of topics, including political, human rights, climate, science, education, art and culture. She works as part of the British Embassy Press Office alongside the Russia Strategic Communications Team, Digital Transformations Unite and British Council. I lead on the development of communications strategies, marketing, branding, content production and evaluation.
Quintana Beattie - Quin is currently in education. They decided to become a NEoN trustee member because they feel it would be a great opportunity for them to get a real insight into how a business works. Catch Qins excellent Pecha Kucha talk here
Rebecca Rodgers - Rebecca has worked in the Events Industry for well over a decade, focusing on large-scale high-profile cultural and sporting events. Rebecca has an extensive operational background, creating and delivering key logistical and resourcing plans for events such as the opening of V&A Dundee, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and the launch of Event Scotland’s ‘Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design’, Hinterland (NVA)
Rebecca currently works at Dundee City Council as the Events Officer, delivering key council events including public Fireworks Displays and Christmas Light Nights, as well as welcoming and facilitating event organisers who use Dundee’s parks and public spaces.
Zoyander Street - Artist-researcher and critic working at the fringes of indie videogames for almost a decade. My practice focuses on videogames but also involves other forms of media art and (mis)uses of technology. Led by ethnographic and historical research, I create lo-fi glitchy games and custom hardware for festivals, galleries, and museums, using interaction design to harness the expressive potential of audience participation. After becoming increasingly sensitive to the limitations of linear text, I began exploring interactive and tactile mediums of communication, in order to surface ambiguity and allow the mess to stay messy. I like to work with toxic garbage, be that through recycling old computers that were destined for landfill, or through recontextualising trauma.