People always need a hand and is no exception. So, we asked people we really wanted to work with to act as our advisors.  All of them have supported creative activity; some by buying or showing art, others by teaching, mentoring or simply being remarkable artists and designers. Here they are, brilliantly knowledgeable in an eclectic mix of disciplines and fields. They keep us relevant and useful (we hope).

They have been asked to do three things: 1. Shout when we do something stupid, 2. Point when they find something interesting and 3. Revel in the knowledge that they are part of a project which wants to be nice to artists.

Andrew Pepper   Nottingham
Andrew Pepper is the founding editor of His work with projected light, installation and holography has been shown in exhibitions world-wide. He is a senior lecturer in fine art, has contributed to several professional practice modules at UK universities, directed two international art funding organisations and has lectured at art colleges in the UK, USA, Norway and Germany.


Jonathan Ross is a collector and director of Gallery 286, London. He has built the largest collection of creative and display holography in Europe and has curated several exhibitions in the UK and USA. His gallery regularly shows pieces from his collection as well as artists working with new media, paint, sculpture, kinetic art and photography.
S Mark Gubb is an artist based in Cardiff and is represented by the Ceri Hand Gallery in Liverpool. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, is a visiting lecturer in Fine Art and an advisor to a number of UK art directories and projects, including the steering group that established a-n's Networking Artists' Networks project (NAN). He works across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation, print and performance.

Sarah McNicol is the founder of Internet Guru Ltd a start-up  tech company concieved to deliver new types of learning products. previously Sarah was Head of Antenna, a digital media centre dedicated to supporting new and established creative individuals and companies.  Before that she was the Hive operations manager at Nottingham Trent University and co-wrote the very successful HiveStart to... course for final year students, across the University.  She also ran her own architectural glass company for 17 years.  If anyone knows how to encourage ‘creatives’ - Sarah does.

Tracy Cordingley is a product designer and senior lecturer at the Nottingham Trent University.  She has worked across a wealth of different design disciplines from furniture and product design to new media and graphics. Her main interests lie in the changing inter-disciplinary boundaries of the product design discipline and the effects this is having on traditional working methods, relationships and practice models.
Arthur Brown is a graphic designer and was managing director of the Cooling Brown Partnership, which has been responsible for some of the most successful illustrated reference books published in recent years.  As the senior creative director of the partnership, Arthur oversaw the design and layout of their projects and has worked with publishers in the UK, Australia and USA. 
Phillis is our newsletter robot and keeps us advised about all things e-mail. She can even tell who bothered to open our messages - all very Big Brother.  She is silicone-based, has a 200MHz processor and is ICANN compliant, which means she will always unsubscribe you if you ever want to leave the mailing list. If you have not done so already, subscribe now, so that she can send you a welcome message.


Margaret Benyon is a pioneer in art and technology, having studied as a painter at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and then moving on to work with lasers and holography.  She was awarded an MBE by the Queen for her contribution to the arts in the UK. She now lives in Sydney, where she worked as an Honorary Professorial Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales for three years.
Peter Schulberg is director of the Eco-LogicalART Gallery, which has made a name for itself reclaiming the massive vinyl movie billboards which Hollywood sends off to landfill and encouraging artists to work over them to produce new work. The gallery regularly showcases these massive works on the billboard above the gallery which is seen by over a million people each month as they drive past the site on Pico Boulevard.
  New York
Arthur Fornari is an artist and arts consultant based in Brooklyn. His autobiographic works have been exhibited in key exhibitions in the USA and Europe. He directed New York’s Museum of Holography public programmes, has contributed to services at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and knows a great deal about 'presentation' having spent a long career producing speaker support corporate presentations.
    Hong Kong
Sydney Dinsmore is an artist and curator.  Her work with Melissa Crenshaw has been shown internationally and she directed Toronto’s Interference Gallery for several years. She curated numerous exhibitions at Interference, as well as a number of key survey exhibitions in Canada and America.
  Osnabrück, Germany
Helen Koriath is an art historian, writer, curator, professor of art history at the University of Osnabrück, specialising in contemporary and 20th-century art. She previously worked in the department of media arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and is now Dean at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover as well as professor for art history.
Janet Harling   Härnösand, Sweden
Janet Harling is an artist and educationalist.  She studied fine art at Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, and moved to Sweden, in the early 80's, to teach English. She lectures at the Mid Sweden University where she teaches teachers to teach art and is involved in a broad range of creative disciplines and educational techniques.
  Trivandrum, India and London, UK
Kaveh Bazargan is an optical physicist and director of River Valley Technologies based in London and Trivandrum, India. He may seem like a strange choice for involvement in an art project like this, but he has supported many social projects (such as his staff and families in India) and built a successful business using open source software, trust and a passion for being better than the 'big boys'.
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