Lewis Biggs, OBE joins FACT Board
9 November 2011
Biggs, who resigned from his post as Director/CEO of Liverpool Biennial in May, brings with him a wealth of experience in curation, arts management and policy.
In June 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to the arts, and became a Citizen of Honour of the City of Liverpool.
Under Biggs' leadership, Liverpool Biennial ('the UK's Biennial') gained an international reputation for pioneering a programme of newly commissioned works, in particular world-renowned pieces for the public realm including Antony Gormley's Another Place, Jaume Plensa's Dream and Richard Wilson's Turning the Place Over.
As Director of Tate Liverpool from 1990 to 2000, Biggs initiated a programme that introduced contemporary British and international art to new audiences nationally and especially in the North of England. It included groundbreaking exhibitions of art from Japan, Korea, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa and its structure was influential on the programme adopted by Tate Modern when it opened in London in 2000.
Chair of the FACT Board Sarah Fisher said, "Over the last decade I have witnessed Lewis's vision and achievements inspire profound interest and enjoyment from arts leaders and Liverpool communities alike.
Over this period FACT has been a keen partner in delivering the Liverpool Biennial. Going forward with Lewis Biggs on FACT Board and Mike Stubbs as CEO I can only envisage our international profile and community collaborations going from strength to strength."
Commenting on his FACT appointment Biggs said, "I've seen FACT grow since my first collaboration with Video Positive in 1989, and I know it as a very special and creative organisation. So now I'm really delighted to have been invited to join the Board. My freelance activities require me to travel outside the UK a good deal, and I aim to continue to play a role in promoting Liverpool, its Universities and arts organisations internationally. I look forward to contributing to FACT's success in whatever way I can."
Biggs is currently working as a freelance curator, writer and consultant on various projects and contracts including editing the Tate Modern Artists series and as International Advisor to Rockbound Art Gallery, Shanghai.
He is a Visiting Professor of Contemporary Art at Liverpool Art School (he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University in 1998) and Honorary Professor at Glasgow University (Art School).
Biggs takes up his role from November 2011, and joins a dedicated team of Trustees that include FACT's recently appointed Chair Sarah Fisher who joined the organisation in 2010.