Michaela Crimmin is a co-director of Culture+Conflict. She is also an independent curator and writer; and is on the academic staff of the Royal College of Art (RCA) where she teaches in the School of Humanities and has been leading a research programme, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to build connections between academia, artists and curators, and activists working on the role of art in the context of conflict. She lectures nationally and internationally. She was Head of Arts at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) from 1997 to 2010, a role that included initiating and directing the RSA Arts & Ecology Centre, the inspiration and experience that led to co-founding Culture+Conflict. Previous work includes coordinating the first phase of the Fourth Plinth series of temporary commissions in Londons Trafalgar Square; directing the two million pound Art for Architecture award scheme; and commissioning artists for Public Art Development Trusts pioneering work in the public domain.
Jemima Montagu is a co-director of Culture+Conflict and an independent curator and arts consultant. She previously worked at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and was a curator at Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate Britain from 1998 to 2004. She later worked at the Arts Council in London developing the field of public art. She has written a book on Surrealist artists and writers (Tate 2002) and edited Open Space: Art in the Public Realm in London 1995-2005 (Arts Council England 2007), as well as a number of exhibition catalogues. In 2007 she joined the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she initiated and managed a wide range of cultural projects, including founding an annual Afghan Contemporary Art Prize. She curated an exhibition of contemporary art from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran that opened in Kabul and later toured to the Venice Biennale 2009 as ‘East-West Divan’. She is now based in Prague.
Nelson Manthorpe is Culture+Conflict’s pro bono accountant. He is the founder of Arts Accounting, specialising in providing financial services to individuals and organisations working within the arts. He previously held senior financial accounting roles with commercial and not-for-profit organisations, including the BBC World Service and City & Islington College of further education.