Stela Anastasaki was born in Chania, Crete in 1983. She is a Ph.D. student in History of Art specializing in Greek Contemporary Art and it’s relation to politics, in the Department of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art at the University of Ioannina. In 2006 she graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology at the A.U.Th., and holds a master‘s degree (MA) in Art History from the Department of History and Archaeology at the A.U.Th. Since 2009 she has been working at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, as an art historian and museum educator. She has also collaborated with other museums and institutions. She has published several articles and participated in contemporary art symposia and meetings in Greece.
Amelia Aston grew up in Helsinki, Finland and is now based in Edinburgh, where she studies History of Art and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Her interests include Modern and Contemporary art and writing. She enjoys dancing, vegan cooking and playing with her pet rats Kodos and Kang.
Eleni Batsoula studied Art History and Theory at the Athens School of Fine Arts. After successfully completing the course in 2014, she moved to Edinburgh for postgraduate studies. A year later, and after having participated in various artistic ventures, she was awarded with a Masters in Contemporary Art Theory from the Edinburgh College of Art. She currently lives, works and drums in Edinburgh.
Eleni Bountoureli (1990, Thessaloniki, Greece) is an Art Historian, she studied Art History and Theory at the Dep. Of Fine Arts and Art Sciences in the University of Ioannina Greece and at the Academia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy. She holds a MA in Art, Law and Economy from the International Hellenic University (2015). She took part in the 2015 NEON Curatorial Exchange in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery. Eleni had an internship at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Greece, and has worked as a curator in several Art Festivals in Greece, both as a volunteer and as a co-organizer.
Mira Dayal is an artist, critic and curator based in New York. She is interested in work that hovers between video and performance, as well as work that interrogates intersections of digital and outer space.
A native Montréaler, Stéphanie Hornstein is currently pursuing a master’s in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Edinburgh after having completed her BA at Concordia University. Her research interests centre around the place of women in Victorian commercial photography and the intersection of gender with textile production, more precisely in the activist practice of yarn bombing. She is the outgoing editor-in-chief of Yiara Magazine—a Montréal-based feminist art publication. Her writing can be found in CUJAH, F Word Zine and the Concordia Jerusalem Art History Journal, amongst other publications. In addition to her love of art history, Stéphanie writes fiction and poetry which has been published online by Hot Tub Astronaut. She is also an avid amateur photographer.
Born in the USA, Aleksandra Kurek has travelled the world, living in Poland, Sweden, and Canada. In 2014 she had attained the prestigious IB diploma which allowed her to pursue History of Art and English Literature at the University of Glasgow. In her spare time she volunteers as a tour guide at Pollok House in Glasgow, and writes for Lucca - an online fashion and lifestyle magazine.
Anna Koupourtidou has completed her Master’s degree (MSc) in Marketing and Business Analysis, at the University of Edinburgh. Her dissertation focused on the marketing of art galleries through examining the effects of visual arts on consumers. Particularly, she researched the self-concept through art gallery symbolic consumption of Scottish and non-Scottish young adults. The thesis added in the literature on museum studies, approaching the subject from a consumer behavior perspective. In 2014 she graduated from the Business Administration and Economics Department, The University of Sheffield, an International Faculty, City College, in Thessaloniki and she holds a BA in Business Studies (Marketing). She currently lives in Edinburgh.
Kahina Le Louvier did her BA in Art, Theatre and Literature at the University Paris VII. After two years enjoying Paris cultural life, she started her migration across the globe, living first in Spain and Germany, before studying in Argentina, Scotland and Portugal as part of the Erasmus Mundus Masters ‘Crossways in Cultural Narratives’. She wrote her masters dissertation on Latin-American avant-garde and decolonial thinking, focusing on the painters Joaquín Torres-García and Xul Solar. She is interested in the arts in plural and more particularly in the problematic of identity, be it national/cultural identity or gender identity.
Rebecca O' Reilly. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland 1992 to an Irish father and a Scottish mother. Her parents were very intent in encouraging their children to experience the outdoors in all forms, particularly that of stargazing. Since then this interest has developed throughout her education at art school and has influenced her practice within her studio to follow a more in depth look into the science of astronomy. Graduating in 2015 with a Bachelors with Honours in Painting from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen and winner of the Hector Memorial Prize Fund 2015, she now lives and exhibits work in Glasgow. Currently she is broadening her research into the effectiveness of science and art as collaborators and the innovative works happening in the contemporary art forms.
Agne Smilgaite. Originally from Lithuania, but currently based in a beautiful city of Edinburgh, I am an enthusiastic and art loving architectural designer in the early stages of my career. Since graduating in 2014 with BDes(Hons) Interior Architecture I have been collaborating with the National Galleries of Scotland and contributed towards a few exciting exhibitions including ‘Head to Head’ at the National Portrait Gallery. Apart from the ongoing partnership with the NGS I have been involved in voluntary work with Pop-Up Scotland, where being a part of a great team of creative individuals I got a chance to promote emerging local artists and spread the enthusiasm about art to local communities.
Sarah Simpson is originally from Upstate New York, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in art history and archaeology at Cornell University. She subsequently moved to New York City to begin a career in the art world, working in galleries and museums before she traveled to London for a year to pursue her Master’s Degree in art history at University College London. Now, back in NYC, Sarah is desperately searching for a job while she whiles away her time going to art shows and thinking about the deeper meaning behind museum gift shops.
Megan Wallace is originally from rural Scotland and is currently a student of English Literature, History of Art and Spanish at The University of Edinburgh. Her interests include literature, theatre and contemporary art. After completing her degree, her hope is to move to Barcelona, primarily to gain consistent access to the city's vibrant museums and galleries. She has had poetry reviews published in Inky Needles, an independent culture journal, and has reviewed plays and exhibitions during last year's Edinburgh International Festival. Her focus in contemporary art is to inquire into how representational schemes break down - both through the emergence of abstract, non-representational art and through conceptual art, where the viewer is urged to formulate and apply his or her own ideas to the work in question.