Who we are
Rachel Cunningham Clarke
Deputy Director (Maternity Cover)
Board of Trustees
Strahil specialises in business development and in particular, online user acquisition. Most recently, he has been responsible for growing Post Office's online market share in financial Services. He is also an avid photographer and holds a BSc in Marketing and a MSc in Internal Audit from CASS Business School.
Yves works at the Creative Land Trust, which secures and protects affordable studio space for artists in perpetuity in London. He previously worked as a workspace consultant for social enterprise WorkWild, and at Outset Contemporary Art Fund initiating Studiomakers, an initiative that brokers artist studio space on new and existing property developments. In addition, he curated fig-futures, an innovative collecting scheme for public galleries and a series of 16 week-long exhibitions at 4 venues around the UK. He has 12 years' experience as a producer and curator across both public and commercial galleries. Yves has been a trustee at Forma since 2019.
Charlotte has held curatorial positions at a number of public arts institutions, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Barbican Art Gallery, Institute for Contemporary Arts and Art on the Underground. She is currently Programme Director of Culture and Enterprise at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, where she oversees several BA and MA courses at the intersection of culture, curation and innovation. Charlotte is an accomplished writer and critic, and co-author of The Contemporary Art Book (Goodman, 2009 and 2011) and co-editor of Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She lectures widely on the topics of arts funding, cultural policy and curating. She has been a trustee of Forma since October 2019.
Ferry Van Dijk (Treasurer)
Ferry is a cultural entrepreneur and capital projects professional. He worked for 25 years in the energy and petrochemicals industry and he has 15 years of experience as trustee of London-based cultural organisations. Ferry joined Forma as Chair in June 2014 and after 5 years in that role he is now its Treasurer. In 2018, he graduated from Central St Martins (UAL) (MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise). He passionately cares about the transformative role of the cultural sector and his dissertation focused on how cultural activities create social impact. He was the recipient of the Arts & Business Board Member of the Year Award in 2009, whilst being Chair of Hoxton Hall, a charity dedicated to inspiring confidence in underprivileged youth through the arts.
Anders Hemmingsen (Chair)
Anders has served as a trustee for Forma since 2015 and was appointed Chair in January 2019. He was part of the core team that has overseen the reinvention of Forma and the appointment of Chris Rawcliffe as Artistic Director. Anders comes from the world of finance, and for the last seven years has worked at Deutsche Bank where he is Director, CRE Special Situations, a team that invests in distressed debt. Anders is from Toronto, Canada and has lived in London since 2011.
Laura Parker is Managing Director at Studio Voltaire where she focuses specifically on strategic business planning, trading, fundraising and additionally acts as the project manager for the current £2.8m redevelopment project of the gallery and artist studios. Over the past 10 years she has worked at a senior level at numerous organisations within the charitable arts sector in London and Liverpool including Chisenhale Gallery, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, Open Eye Gallery and The Bluecoat.
Chris Sharp is Contemporary Music Programmer at the Barbican in London. He spent the first part of his career working for independent labels, including Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet and XL Recordings, becoming Managing Director of 4AD in 2000. Chris swapped recorded music for live concerts when he moved to the Barbican in 2008; the first show he worked on was Drifting And Tilting, a multi-artist performance of music by Scott Walker. Since then, he has programmed hundreds of events, with a particular focus on new commissions, creative collaborations, and cross-genre work. Having worked with Forma on various projects (including Superposition by Ryoji Ikeda, The Miners’ Hymns by Johann Johannsson and The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars) over the years, he joined the board of trustees at the end of 2016.
Funders and Supporters
Forma is a registered charity. We are an Arts Council England funded National Portfolio Organisation and we raise the majority of our additional funding on a project-by-project basis. If you are interested in supporting Forma, please contact us at email@example.com