James' current role as Director of National Glass Centre is to provide strategic direction and leadership to the Centre which has a public facing exhibition and production role set within a research active, learning environment.
James studied History of Art at the University of Essex before completing a postgraduate Museum and Art Gallery Studies Diploma at the University of Manchester.
A former exhibitions curator, art dealer and journalist during the 1980's James curated various exhibitions for the Scottish Arts Council; organised an expedition to the North Pole for the sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy, and worked in a freelance capacity for The Art Newspaper.
Between 1991 and 2010 James worked with Arts Council England (North East) becoming Head of Visual Arts in 1997 after the successful delivery of the 1996 Year of the Visual Arts. This period saw a massive inward investment in the North East region of Arts Lottery and regeneration funding into the arts and the transformation of the visual arts infrastructure.
In a voluntary capacity James served as a Trustee, and then Chair of the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh between 2001 and 2005.
A passionate long distance walker, amateur tennis player and aspirant cyclist he lives in Yarm in North East England.
Head of Enterprise, Commissioning & the Studio
I am Head of Enterprise, Commissioning and the Studio at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, England and am a member of the Senior Management Team.
My practice is interdisciplinary combining drawing, sculpture and film.
I am an Israeli artist based in the UK working primarily in kiln cast glass.
Glass Maker and Artist
I have worked at National Glass Centre since finishing my degree in 2005.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Sara Jo Harrison joined National Glass Centre in 2012 to support the Centre's marketing and Communications strategy.
My work uses a range of media which acknowledges the interface between both traditional practice and new media.
Learning and Engagement Officer
Rachel joined National Glass Centre in 2007 to support the Centre's learning and engagement programme having completed MA Glass the previous year.
Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
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