Who we are
Bobby Baker, Artistic Director
Bobby Baker (b.1950) is a British artist and activist based in London. Her acclaimed intersectional feminist practice includes performance, drawing and installation and persistently exposes the undervalued and stigmatised aspects of women’s daily lives, exemplified by seminal works such as Drawing on a Mother’s Experience (1988) and Kitchen Show (1991).
She studied painting at St Martins School of Art (now Central St. Martins) between 1968 and 1972 where she became disillusioned with the arts establishment, and in reaction to the elitist and patriarchal overtones of the time began making experimental and edible artworks from cake. This decision, so early in her career, to invent her own language, was fundamental to everything she has done since.
Since the late 1990s, following her own lived experience of physical and mental ill health, recovery and survival, her work has actively confronted the failings and trappings of the mental health system. Using wit and humour as a device to disarm her audience, Baker critiques modern psychiatric diagnosis, and questions the prevailing intentions and messages around wellbeing and mental illness. Her touring exhibition, Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me 1997–2008, launched at the Wellcome Collection in 2009 and was accompanied by an eponymous book, for which she was awarded the MIND Book of the Year 2011.
Over a four-decade career Baker has performed and exhibited her work extensively across the UK and internationally in venues ranging from her own kitchen and other domestic spaces to world-renowned festivals, museums, and performing arts centres including Southbank Centre, Barbican and the ICA (London); Arnolfini, Bristol; Ikon, Birmingham; CCA Glasgow; Münchner Künstlerhaus; P.S.122 New York; Performing Arts Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; World Stage Festival, Toronto.
Recent projects include the major commission Great & Tiny War for the 14-18 NOW arts programme for the First World War centenary. In 2019, La Casa Encendida in Madrid held a retrospective of Baker’s work, Tarros de Chutney where she launched her ongoing project: EPIC DOMESTIC – a Domestic Revolutionary Party fit for the Twenty First Century. As an older generation, physically disabled artist she continues to have an extensive grass roots influence on artists, women, and those experiencing adversity.
Baker holds an Honorary Doctorate from Queen Mary University London.
Rachel Fleming-Mulford, Senior Curator
Rachel is a curator with specialist expertise in visual arts commissioning, artist residencies, and the development and delivery of diverse public programmes. Her approach is artist-led and highly collaborative. She has seventeen years’ experience of working with organisations including Tate, the National Maritime Museum, Art in the Open, Freud Museum London, The Louise Bourgeois Studio, Siobhan Davies Dance and Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall. She has been a strategic advisor on major cross-disciplinary public realm commissioning schemes for London, including collaborating with the Greater London Authority. She was an Artist Mentor for SPACE from 2012-2015, working with over 80 individual artists.
As a curator of commissions, recent independent work includes the development of an Artist Residency with Studio Morison and five major temporary and permanent artworks for along the Thames by various artists (for Tideway/Bridget Sawyers Ltd.). These include new sculptures by Claire Barclay and Hew Locke and new poems by Dorothea Smartt. During 2018-19 she also curated Wunderblock by Emma Smith, for Freud Museum London. This building-wide commission from the Hidden Persuaders Project at Birkbeck responded to research into the psy-sciences and children’s mental health during the Cold War.
Rachel holds an MA in Contemporary British Art from the Courtauld Institute.
Rose Sharp, Producer
Rose Sharp is a highly capable, effective and resilient arts manager with experience of senior management and strategic organisational development; a track record in leading and delivering on major projects including AHRC and EU funded initiatives and large-scale conferences including Performance Studies International: Performing Rights (Psi#12) at Queen Mary University of London producing External and Research events often involving local, national and international projects and communities.
Rose has managed several Arts Council England revenue (NPO) funded organisations and has managed and produced many ACE GFA project funded clients. In addition, Rose has over 25 years’ experience as a producer, planning effective delivery of projects in the creative industries, independent experimental theatre, performance, site-specific and alternative arts projects.
Janine Stolz, Finance Manager
Janine Stolz started her career as an actress in a government funded Young People’s touring theatre group, creating quirky, agit prop theatre with a message. Janine was best known for her larger than life portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, trapped in a dystopian government funded nightmare… After gaining a First Class Honours Degree in International Politics (something that has always been a passion and a far cry from playing working men’s clubs in Yorkshire), she decided against a career in academia, and turned to working for non-profit organisations as office manager and book-keeper. Her love of book-keeping and a growing family led Janine to pursue a career in accountancy.
She has worked as Management Accountant and Finance Manager for a number of corporates, over a period of 15 years, before settling back into the not-for-profit sector as Finance Manager at Newham Sixth Form College and then Stratford Arts Trust where she has worked for the past 10 years. Here she has gained an in-depth knowledge of not-for-profit finance and a rekindled love for the arts.
Suzanne Alleyne is a Cultural Thinker. Collaborative working is at the heart of everything she does. She is driven by the belief that considering people, profit and purpose at all levels of business, benefits both organisations and wider society.
Her business navigates the intersection of culture and commerce underpinned by 25 years’ experience supporting and consulting for high profile international organisations and individuals. Her portfolio of clients includes Barclaycard, Channel 4, V&A, Wellcome Trust and Roundhouse. Within the arts she has an impressive track record working with UK writers and poets on their professional development and associated shows.
She is an inaugural Arts Council England Changemaker, through which she was Commercial, Brand and Strategy Director at Apples and Snakes. She is a Fellow of the RSA, a Cultural Animateur for Signifier, and a Visiting Research Associate and guest lecturer at King’s College London.
Curator Kiera Blakey was raised in the Lake District and lives and works in London and Nottingham. She is currently Head of Exhibitions (maternity cover) at Nottingham Contemporary and until recently was Curator of Art on the Underground, where she led a number of ground-breaking public art commissions that sought to challenge our conception of what art can be. These include with artists Larry Achiampong, Laure Prouvost, Assemble and Matthew Raw, Linder and Nina Wakeford.
Kiera has edited publications with Book Works and Self Published Be Happy; written for Camden Arts Centre and is regularly invited to talk and teach. Recent freelance projects include Elisabeth Wild at Focal Point Gallery and Karen Cunningham at The Showroom. Kiera recently joined Daily Life Ltd. as a trustee and has served on the advisory board for Banner Repeater since 2018. She has a BA in Fine Art and MA in Philosophy.
Malika Booker is a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. And the founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. Her pamphlet Breadfruit, (flippedeye, 2007) received a Poetry Society recommendation and her poetry collection Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre 2014 prize for first full collection. She is published with the poets Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire in The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3:Your Family: Your Body (2017).
Malika received her MA from Goldsmiths University and has recently begun a PhD at the University of Newcastle. She was the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University, the first British poet to be a fellow at Cave Canem and the inaugural Poet in Residence at The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Malika hosts and curates New Caribbean Voices, Peepal Tree Press’s literary podcast, and is currently a poetry Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Riah Jocelyn Charles
Riah Jocelyn Charles joined Daily Life Ltd. from the Beyond Suffrage Network Programme. She is passionate about philanthropy within the arts. Riah strongly believes in the importance of seeking ways to give voice to marginalised people within the arts and this is what motivates her as a Trustee.
Currently, Riah is a committee member and facilitator for community group POC Impact. She delivers mental health and well-being workshops to support and connect people of colour working in the social impact sector.
Riah sees her greatest professional achievement as being her creation of a media campaign of 3 short films for Central Saint Martins students in 2018. The films are now shown at university open days for Central Saint Martins. The campaign encourages and gives insight to students of BAME and lower economic backgrounds to apply to prestigious universities and to see careers in the arts as being applicable to them.
Anthony Roberts is currently director of Colchester Arts Centre. The organisation declares an artistic bias towards new work innovation and experimentation. The performance programme includes an eclectic mix of performance arts including jazz music, folk, rock and pop, world music, comedy, children’s theatre, performance poetry, film.
Anthony is also currently the chair of Frozen Light theatre company who specialise in making work for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). Frozen Light take their work throughout the UK with a vigourous touring schedule and recently developed international mentoring and development work.
He is the UK producer for the New York-based activists and performance troupe Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
For 14 years he was the producer for Escalator East to Edinburgh taking over 20 companies, performers, poets, choreographers to the Edinburgh festival every year. During this time, he was an active campaigner for better access to the fringe for performers and audiences with disabilities.
Joe Hales, designer
Gemma Lloyd, curator
Fi Mason, writer, coach & arts consultant
Miranda Melville, production designer
Claire Nolan, filmmaker
Jo Palmer, production manager
Catherine Turner, producer
Steve Wald, technical director
Charlie Whittuck, artist
Curatorial Advisory Group
Honor Beddard is a curator with 17 years’ experience in collections management and exhibition curation. She has worked with a wide variety of organisations with both a national and international remit, including the Contemporary Art Society, British Council, V&A, British Film Institute and Freud Museum London. She is currently an Exhibitions Curator at Wellcome Collection where she is responsible for developing and curating exhibitions and thematic programmes exploring health and human experience. Across the course of her career, she has collaborated with a wide range of contemporary artists, including Edwina Ashton, Sharon Hayes, Daria Martin, Oreet Ashery, and arts company Fevered Sleep.
Gemma Lloyd is a curator with 17 years’ experience of exhibition-making and commissioning. Previous roles include Parasol Unit, RSA Arts & Ecology and PEER. She has curated exhibitions for Czarna Galeria, Warsaw; Kunstraum, London; The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik; Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum. She has worked closely with artists Emma Hart, Jonathan Baldock, Alison Wilding, Susanna Heron, and Tess Jaray. Current and forthcoming projects include temporary and permanent public art commissions in London and Brighton for Bridget Sawyers Ltd, Earth Spells for RAMM, Exeter, and a multi-venue exhibition and artist's book with Maria Amidu. She is an English Language Editor for CAC, Vilnius and an associate of DACS.
Vivienne Reiss is a creative producer working with artists on site-responsive commissions, interventions and participatory programmes. She is currently joint Head of Art at Great Ormond Street Hospital where she is commissioning a collection of artworks with colleagues across the Trust in relation to new clinical buildings. She also works in a freelance capacity developing art strategies and managing art commissions in a range of health environments and the wider public realm. She has previously led participation and learning programmes in a number of galleries including Tate, National Portrait Gallery and South London Gallery.
For over 20 years Deborah Smith has worked as a curator in museums, galleries and in the public realm with artists and internationally respected organisations including Camden Arts Centre, Hayward Touring, Birmingham Museums Trust, Serpentine Galleries and Arup. Deborah was recently appointed Director of Arts Council Collection. She is a Jerwood Advisor (2019/2020), on the steering group of Intoarts, a board member of IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and a shadow board member of The Box.
Dr Clara Zarza is a specialist in Contemporary Art History and Visual Theory and has developed interdisciplinary research in literary, anthropological and philosophical studies in intimacy, identity and the autobiographical subject. She has been teaching at IE University, Madrid, as an Assistant Professor since January 2014 and has been a member of the Editorial Team of Efímera Revista since March 2013. She recently curated the exhibition and performance show Bobby Baker: Jars of Chutney (22 February – 21 April 2019) at La Casa Encendida, Madrid. In addition, she is currently working on a book project entitled Intimate Spaces. Autobiographical Modes in Installation Art and a forthcoming book chapter ‘Tensions between outsider bodies and visibility’.