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) – ESP and Public Programmer. 0.6 FTE, £15,000 p/a (£25,000 pro rata)


Annabel Duggleby – Distribution Assistant. 0.8 FTE, £14,040 p/a (£17,550 pro rata – Real Living Wage)


Sahjan Kooner – Operation Assistant. 0.8 FTE, £14,040 p/a (£17,550 pro rata – Real Living Wage)


Zunaira Muzaffar – Casual Assistant. 7 hrs p/wk. Real Living Wage


Lucy Lopez – Associate Researcher, PHD Funded by Birmingham City University


Neisa Reid – Finance Administrator Freelance






Staff portrait 2018 by Ashley Carr

Company Directors

Simon Bloor
Tom Bloor
Ruth Claxton
Gavin Wade


Council of Management

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 – Curator & Tutor Curating Contemporary Art, RCA London

Andrea Phillips – Parse Professor of Art, Valand Academy, Gothenburg

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

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. We cover other costs – eg travel, installation, transport, production separately.

We are always working to improve the fees we are able to offer and these are a minimum.


SOLO EXHIBITION: Gallery 1- £3000; Gallery 2 – £1000

GROUP EXHIBITION: New work: Gallery 1 – £450; Gallery 2 – £250 Existing work – £150

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




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.

Founding Directors

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

Founding Directors 2011 by Alex Bailey