Image: Grain, Sound Installation on the Isle of Grain

Ben Eastop

Tim Eastop

is an experienced visual arts professional working nationally and internationally with artists, academic institutions and the art market. He worked at senior and director level at Arts Council England on national and international initiatives and since 2007 he has worked as a senior arts consultant, specialising in organisational development, artists’ research, commissions and collecting art.

He worked with organisations including Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council, British Antarctic Survey, Tate, the Contemporary Art Society, Kings College London, Goldsmiths, the RSA, LCACE and a range of international institutions. He is well known for delivering artists’ professional development strategies and acclaimed international research fellowships and placements for artists in geo-political, academic and arts contexts. He founded and directed Arts Council England's £3.5million International Artists Fellowships programme for 250 artists in over 30 countries; led development of Artists Links China & Brazil, a joint British Council and Arts Council England programme and delivered international arts & ecology commissions & placements for the Royal Society of Arts in Afghanistan, the Philippines and Germany

In 2009 he led the Creative Campus Initiative, a HEFCE funded £2million Cultural Olympiad programme for 13 universities in SE England, opening up cultural resources of the consortium of campuses through commissions, exhibitions and performance.

His recent and current consultancy projects include: professional advice on building collections collectively (2011); new partnerships for Calvert 22 Foundation, London (2010); Method, the artists leadership scheme on behalf of the Cultural Leadership Programme; organisational development and business planning for the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2009), Media Art Bath (2008) and the national Crafts Study Centre, Farnham (2009).
Tim is also co-producer of GATE, triennial installation events located in politically charged sites and Grain and is co-founder of the Collective, building collections collectively for households, workplaces and schools. He is currently an ambassador for Wysing Arts and has been a trustee for a number of arts organisations.

John Hartley

Worked in the visual arts, architecture and interdisciplinary arts teams of Arts Council England’s National Office for nine years, most recently developing national strategy for Arts and Ecology and as lead officer for the Arts Council England Arts and Ecology partnership with RSA. He was on the GLA steering group for ‘Greening London’s Theatres’, the ‘DCMS Climate Change Project’ and the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Engineers 'Arts Environment Network'.

He has developed‘Art in Industry Placements’, through action research with industrial partners resulting in 28 placements across UK, Americas and Asia. See He has shaped and organised conferences, salons and seminars with partners from across the arts and other sectors, presenting in the UK and the Americas. He has written works published by proboscis, co-written a book published by Transworld and co-authored a paper presented alongside COP15 in Copenhagen (see Culture Futures).

He works as a practicing visual artist and directs a collaborative experimental music group He was co-founder of Transition Sydenham and hosts a community radio programme on sustainability.