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Meet the UCL Art Futures founders and executive board.

Anna Donovan
Anna Donovan
Lecturer in Law, UCL Faculty of Laws

Anna’s work sits at the intersection of law, people and technology. Anna is a former corporate lawyer, qualified in England and Wales and also admitted to the New York bar. Her research focusses on organisational behaviour, governance and technology, with a particular expertise in distributed ledger technology. Anna is a member of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies and advises a broad range of industries on the subject. A key part of Anna’s work is exploring how interdisciplinary collaboration can be structured to support genuine innovation through new ways of learning, thinking and working. Anna is a co-founder of UCL Art Futures.

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Kieren Reed
Kieren Reed
Director, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Kieren’s art research encompasses sculpture, public art, performance and installation, technology - from studies in form to the production of architectural structures. His art is most often linked to a process, place, site or a consideration of a space or situation. Through investigations that challenge making, materials, functionality, concepts of collaboration, and methodologies of de-authoring, Kieren creates generous artworks that further new knowledge in socially engaged and participation art practices. Kieren is a co-founder of UCL Art Futures.

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Jo Townshend
Jo Townshend
Principal Partnerships Manager (Creative sectors), UCL Innovation & Enterprise

Jo’s work sits at the interface of academic research and industry. She is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships, specialising in facilitating multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations with the performing, production and visual arts, museums, galleries and business. Before joining UCL she was a consultant for the creative industries and was the Founder Principal of a Studio School for the Creative Industries, delivering education partnership with industry. Jo is the chair of Contemporary Visual Arts Network London, Trustee of the Board for the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill, and Trustee of the RSA Academies Trust. Jo is a co-founder of UCL Art Futures.

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