The Team

Curated Place Team

The Team

The Curated Place team brings together a unique skill set that combines curatorial expertise, innovation project management, commercial savvy, visual arts production and critique, digital design and delivery, events production and management – and full-service media production. Everyone involved is united through a shared approach of collaboration and led by an arts-agenda but underlined by business acumen.

Andy Brydon (Director/Curator)

An established and experienced curator, festival and major events director, arts producer and writer. Andy has in-depth knowledge of the entire production and documentation process and more than 15 years experience working in a senior strategic role in arts organisations. He works internationally collaborating with visual & digital artists, performers and musicians to create high-impact, high-quality content rich exhibitions and experiences. His experience encompasses delivery of all media including photography, audio, film, digital distribution and high impact public events.

Brydon has been responsible for the Haçienda retrospective exhibition Haçienda 25: Fac491, HomeGrown: The Story of UK Hip Hop, and the hugely successful photographic and urban culture exhibitions Secret Cities. Recently he has been responsible for the inaugural North Atlantic Pavilion for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, directing and producing the FutureEverything festival and his team has delivered successful projects for The British Council (UK and Netherlands), Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, The Netherlands Business Support Office, BBC Philharmonic, JWT, Aardman Animation, Manchester Art Gallery, Salford University, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Marketing Manchester, MIDAS, Sabbath Bikes, Mere Golf & Country Club, Imagine Publishing, ILEX publishing, Corridor Manchester, Raw Design agency and Creative Concern.  Top of Page

Heidrun Thrainsdottir Kelly (Marketing Director)

Heidrun Kelly is a marketing professional with eleven years commercial experience including three years managing brands for Samsung, LG Mobile and Sony. She is a graduate of Lancaster University’s Management School holding an MSc in Advanced Marketing Management and brings solid business experience to Curated Place’s team. Heidrun delivers the strategic communication aspect of our projects ensuring that the correct audiences are reached and stakeholders are core to our projects throughout.

Susan Wareham (Production Manager)

Susan previously worked as a Producer for Flare International Festival of New Theatre and before that was the Project Coordinator for inter-disciplinary arts organisation Clod Ensemble in London. She also completed a Producing Internship at London International Festival of Theatre and worked at Battersea Arts Centre. Susan provides administration and production support across the wide range of artistic activity deliver by the company.

Amalie Briden (Special Projects)

Amalie Briden is an experienced producer and project manager, a writer and performer of music, and a published academic in creative industries management and intellectual property law. Curating, commissioning and delivering high-quality events, her focus is always on nurturing, exploring and re-imagining the position of live music performance within the contemporary cultural landscape.

Bringing core business skills, professionalism and fund-raising experience to the arts, she creates memorable, stunning and world-class productions. Production credits include FutureEverything Festival (Manchester, UK); Insomnia Festival (Tromso, Norway); Liverpool Sound City (Liverpool, UK); In The City (Manchester, UK); Sounds From the Other City (Salford, UK) and Unconvention (Worldwide).Top of Page

Ingi-Thor Busk (Nordic Development Director)

Ingi Thor Busk is responsible for creating a major international Nordic Festival in the North West of England delivering a diverse programme of film, digital media, literature, theatre, visual art, design, food, music and dance. Working in close partnership with all the Nordic Embassies and all major arts organisations in Scandinavia to create relationships with all the major cultural venues in the North West.

A highly skilled strategic thinker with proven record of successful organisational and programme delivery to fulfil long-term venue development he has excellent networks throughout international culture and politics with 25 years experience of working in the world of international events and programming. Top of Page

Agusta Thorarinsdottir (International Development)

Trained as an anthropologist and social researcher Agusta has worked with Curated Place since the company began, connecting our work with international partners. Working closely with the Icelandic Embassy in the UK she has led on identifying funding and in-kind partnerships, particularly within the Nordic Region. She is the company lead on developing our international funding programme and manages stakeholder relationships within these organisations. Top of Page

Elizabeth Pickup (UK Development)

Elizabeth is a development professional who has spent the last ten years transforming corporate support for the NSPCC in the North West; successfully co-managing their largest regional capital appeal and working with the NSPCC National Appeal Board on the Full Stop Appeal in London.

Her arts and cultural sector experience has included roles at The Japan Foundation, Japan 2001 and FutureEverything focussing around building lasting regional and national partnerships. Top of Page

Adelle Stripe (Communications)

Adelle Stripe is an experienced arts producer as well as being a marketing & communications consultant who has transformed the brand of a number of companies and organisations including FutureEverything, the Henry Moore Institute, Find Your Talent (CCE), and the Brick Lane Festival (Old Truman Brewery). In addition to her work in the arts and cultural sector her commercial experience has seen her copywriting and editorial skills developed at Picador, Harper Collins, Nike UK and John Lewis.

She has worked in an editorial capacity for websites and print media and is also a graduate from Manchester University’s Creative Writing MA Programme. Adelle has also written blogs, articles, fiction and reviews on music, art and literature for publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Stool Pigeon, Flux and 3:AM MagazineTop of Page

Andrew Brooks (Photography and Digital Arts)

Internationally renowned digital artist with over a decade of commercial photography experience Brooks’ is highly regarded for his groundbreaking image making and his transition into developing cutting edge dsplay technologies. Brooks’ creative work has been exhibited throughout the UK, Europe and the Far-East. His ever-growing portfolio extends his artistic practice into filmmaking and live VJing, exploring the tensions between the still and moving image. Top of Page

Maria Gabriella Ruban (Moving Image and Documentation)

Maria is a filmmaker specialising in short documentaries and events. Recent videos have included interviews with Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Mark Lecky and Roger Ballen for Manchester Art Gallery as well as a series of works for the Imperial War Museum permanent exhibitions. Festival credits include AND Festival (Manchester, UK), Salford Film Festival, Flexiff, CINEWEST (Sydney, Australia) and the Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (Ankara, Turkey).

Previously she has worked as programmer and manager at the Commonwealth Film Festival and is known throughout the film world as compere for Manchester’s open-mic film night Filmonik, BAFTA’s Film and Music Stage at Latitude Festival and the London Short Film Festival. Top of Page

Elizabeth Winstanley (Development Coordinator)

Elizabeth is an experienced production coordinator as well as an artist and designer in her own right. A graduate of the Manchester School of Art Liz joined the Curated Place team to focus on the development of our ongoing projects by building new relationships with partners, peers and institutions to realise international collaborations. A member of the Manchester artists’ collective Juncture Liz is an experienced exhibition organiser, curator and Artist who has produced exhibitions and projects for Zandra Rhodes, Jason Hackenwerth, Que Art, New Designers, The Whitworth Art Gallery and the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Top of Page