Board of Trustees

New Contemporaries is led by a voluntary Board of Trustees and is a registered charity

Registered charity no. 1013848

Board of Trustees

Chair: Fatos Üstek, Independent curator and writer
Hurvin Anderson, Artist
Harold Offeh, Artist
Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive Creative United
Will Stern, Director
George Vasey, Freelance curator and writer


Fatos Üstek is appointed as Chair of Trustees

Fatos Ustek. Photo by Christa Holka.

The trustees of New Contemporaries are delighted to announce the appointment of our new chair, Fatos Üstek. Üstek brings a wealth of experience and joins the organisation at a pivotal moment.

Üstek said: "I am tremendously excited to be joining New Contemporaries in developing the professional experiences and talent of the next generation of artists. I am truly delighted to be working alongside esteemed colleagues and the brilliant New Contemporaries team in carrying the organisation to the future."

Fatos Üstek is a curator and writer, working internationally with large scale organisations, biennials and festivals, as well as commissioning in the public realm for over two decades. She currently sits on the advisory board at Urbane Kuenste Ruhr, Germany; Jan van Eyck Academy, The Netherlands and serves on the editorial board of Extra Extra Magazine. Üstek sits on selection and award committees for Scotland and Dutch Pavilions at Venice and was a judge on Turner Prize 2020. She writes regularly for academic publications, art magazines, artist monographs, and exhibition catalogues and previously ran the Liverpool Biennial and Roberts Institute of Art in the UK.

Our sincerest thanks to our former Chair of Trustees, Sacha Craddock, who steps down after 25 years. In that time Craddock oversaw significant developments to the organisation, playing a vital role in supporting emerging artists in the UK.

New Contemporaries Chair Sacha Craddock steps down after extraordinary service to the arts

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Sacha Craddock, 2021. Photo by Isabelle Young.

Having steered New Contemporaries consistently for twenty-five years, Sacha Craddock is stepping down as Chair of our Board.

A prolific art writer, critic and curator, during Sacha’s tenure, our annual touring exhibition has supported over 1,000 artists, has travelled over 6,000 miles and has received over 1 million visitors across the length and breadth of the UK, including the 2021 show at Firstsite, Colchester and South London Gallery. It is this ambitious vision which has seen New Contemporaries firmly establish itself as a cultural force, becoming a widely respected event in the cultural calendar.

Sacha’s tenure with us has charted the recent changes in arts education and what it means to be an artist, as well as the developments in exhibition making and the network of museums and galleries across the UK.

She has left an indelible legacy at New Contemporaries. I know that many will join us in expressing gratitude for Sacha’s devotion to the organisation and her significant contribution over the past twenty-five years.

Announcing New Trustees to our Board

Clockwise: Hurvin Anderson, photo by Jooney Woodward; Claire Kitchen, photo courtesy of our trustee, and Harold Offeh, photo by Alex O’Brien.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new trustees: Hurvin Anderson, Claire Kitchen and Harold Offeh. Hurvin Anderson is an artist and previous New Contemporaries selector. Claire Kitchen is an experienced commercial litigator. Harold Offeh is an artist and New Contemporaries alumni. We greatly look forward to working with them.