Staff portrait 2019 by Ashley Carr


Gavin Wade – Director. Full Time, £41,528 p/a

Ruth Claxton – Associate Director/Creative Director STEAMhouse. 0.4 FTE, EP/0.6 FTE STEAMhouse, £35,016 p/a

Zoë Sawyer – Offsite Curator. 0.8 FTE, £25,000 p/a (£31,250 pro rata)

Ania Bas (Maternity Cover)/Amelia Hawk (Maternity Leave) – EOP and Public Programmer. 0.6 FTE, £15,000 p/a (£25,000 pro rata)

Annabel Duggleby – Distribution Assistant. 0.8 FTE, Real Living Wage £14,508 p/a (£18,135 prorata)

Sahjan Kooner – Operation Assistant. 0.8 FTE, Real Living Wage £14,508 p/a (£18,135 prorata)

Polly Brant – Casual Assistant. 6 hrs p/wk Real Living Wage

Neisa Reid – Finance Administrator, Freelance





Minimum Artists Fees

Without artists galleries are empty. 66% of artists earn £10,000 a year or less, only 3% earn £30,000 or more from their practice (a-n membership survey 2015). We believe Artists are a public good and that the current system, in which the artist is often the lowest paid worker, is not fit for purpose, favours institutions and needs radically rebalancing.

In line with our aims to SUPPORT and CENTRE the Artist, we have an established system of minimum fees. Fees currently represent 25% of gallery programming budgets and reflect the differing scales of our galleries. Fees stated are a minimum amount we would pay. We cover other costs – eg travel, installation, transport, production separately.

We are always working to improve the fees we are able to offer and review our fees policy annually.

SOLO EXHIBITION: Gallery 1 – £3000; Gallery 2 – £1000 + £75 care package

GROUP EXHIBITION: New work: Gallery 1 – £450 + £75 care package; Gallery 2 – £250 + £75 care package. Existing work either gallery – £150

PERFORMANCE: New work – £250. Existing work – £150



EOP PROJECT (EG RESIDENCY) DAY RATE : Hourly Real Living Wage rate x 7.5

OFFSITE PROJECTS – fees are project dependent but we negotiate them as separate to production costs & aim for them to represent a minimum of 10% of the total project budget.

Company Directors

Simon Bloor
Tom Bloor
Ruth Claxton
Gavin Wade

Advisory Board

Company Directors, plus

Bob Ghosh – Director, K4 Architects, Birmingham (Chair)

Professor Jonathan Harris – Head of School of Art, Birmingham City University

Julia Lowe – Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Higgs & Sons

Anna Horton Cremin – Artist, Manchester

Paul McKeown – Director, Forensic Accounting. BDO, Birmingham

Kelly Large– Artist, Curator & Tutor Curating Contemporary Art, RCA, London

Professor Andrea Phillips – BALTIC Professor and Director of the BxNU research institute  Northumbria University, Newcastle

Joanne Tatham – Artist, Reader in Contemporary Art, RCA, London

Sumaya Kassim – Writer and Researcher, Birmingham

Founding Directors

Simon Bloor
Tom Bloor
Ruth Claxton
Céline Condorelli
James Langdon
Gavin Wade

Founding Directors 2011 by Alex Bailey