Meet the Team - Morley Gallery
Get to know one of the teams behind the everyday operations of the College! This edition focuses on the team behind the Morley Gallery. Find out more about the staff that keep our unique display space filled with interesting and unusual exhibitions.
Profile: Sim Panaser – Gallery and Exhibitions Manager
"I have now very nearly been at Morley for a year. Prior to this I was Curator at Middlesex University and Keeper of Art, at the Shipley Art Gallery. I am passionate about increasing access and engagement with the arts and want to strengthen and cultivate the gallery as an active resource for lifelong learning. I have extensive experience of collaborating and co-producing high profile projects and enjoy working in partnership to develop new ways of thinking and doing. I have studied English Literature, Museum and Gallery Studies and Design History and I am particularly interested in the social function of culture and the ways it can change the way we see the world."
Profile: Anna-Lena Ekenryd – Exhibitions Officer
"I love art. And to build things. And to learn new stuff. So, I really have the perfect job! I've been the Exhibitions Officer at Morley Gallery since September last year. I spend my days changing our gallery spaces to make every exhibition as interesting as possible. I came to London in 2015 after a lovely year in the south of France, studying French and art. Before that I worked with journalism, communication and graphic design in a number of ways. I’ve also been Head of Division, Programme Manager and teacher at a Swedish university. And, last but not least, I love making sculptures – see my work on my website."
Profile: Sera Eravci – Gallery Assistant
"I support the day-to-day running of the gallery and invigilate exhibitions. In addition I manage and create content for the gallery’s social media channels – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I moved to London from Berlin, where I worked in a gallery which specialised in photography. Our visitors are as diverse as our exhibitions and I am proud to be working for an organisation where many people from different backgrounds come together to learn and get inspired. I am really looking forward to an exciting programme next year!"
The gallery also has a fantastic team of volunteers, who support us with their valuable time and skills and assist us during exhibitions and events.
We want to ensure the gallery provides inclusive learning experiences for all and for the gallery to be a place to enrich our understanding of the world around us, to engage with different perspectives, to experiment, to reflect and get inspired.
As a team we will deliver this on-site, off-site and on-line, firstly through the development of high-quality and ambitious programming. We're really excited to have secured a new commission by Turner Prize-winning artist Elizab.eth Price in 2018.
Secondly, we aim for the gallery to be an ‘alternative classroom’ and a nexus for learning and teaching across all schools, with some interesting pilot projects in progress with ESOL and Poetry.
Thirdly, we want to develop our audience by getting more Morley students in and welcoming new visitors who can then become repeat visitors, while also maintaining our loyal visitor base. We want to work in partnership with a range of cultural and community organisations, and have developed a partnership with iniva for our upcoming Joy Labinjo exhibition. We also want to work towards gaining museum accreditation which will open up new possibilities for Morley.
Here are our cultural highlights right now: