Jeremy Theophilus

9 March 1949 – 18 May 2015

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our founding joint Artistic Director Jeremy Theophilus, who finally gave way to cancer that was first diagnosed in 2011.

Our heartfelt condolences go to Jeremy's wife Linda, his children Kate and Joseph and his wider family.

Jeremy had a long and distinguished career in the arts as an artist, writer and cultural director.  With a Fine Art degree and post-graduate certificate in Stage Design, Jeremy started work as a freelance stage designer and theatre consultant in the UK and abroad, before moving back into visual arts where he ran a number of galleries including Wyeside Arts Centre, Minories Art Gallery Colchester and Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno.  Jeremy spent 10 years at Arts Council England as the Senior Visual Arts Officer before setting up A Fine Line: cultural practice with Barney Hare Duke in 2004, working on international projects in Australia and India as well as numerous projects within the UK.  In 2008 Jeremy and Barney were appointed to set up and run the British Ceramics Biennial and have delivered three festivals together in 2009, 2011, 2013.

Barney Hare Duke, Artistic Director: ‘Jeremy was an extraordinary man to work with. A rare combination of intellect, purpose and humility, he touched many, generously supporting and sharpening peoples’ creative ambitions. He will be greatly missed.’

A Fine Line will set up a Memorial Award in Jeremy’s name. 

Jeremy's Memorial
Please note that the location of the memorial has now changed and will be taking place as follows:


The memorial celebration to remember the life and career of Jeremy Theophilus 

will be held on Saturday 1st August 2015 at 2.30 for 3pm at

firstsite in Colchester 

To download a press release and image please see our Press pages.