Artistic Director / CEO
Clare Wood started her career at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, co-curating, funding and promoting exhibitions by artists including Gillian Ayres, Richard Long and Anthony Whishaw. She then moved to Stockholm supporting the city’s museums and cultural organisations in event and exhibition delivery.
On returning to the UK, Clare ran the Manor House Museum and Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering before joining The Culture Trust Luton. In 2013, Clare joined the team at MK Gallery to work on delivery of the £12m redevelopment that doubled the gallery spaces and introduced facilities to transform the accessibility and appeal of this iconic Milton Keynes cultural organisation.
In early 2018, Clare became Chief Executive of Re-Form Heritage, a national charity that supports communities through the regeneration of their historic buildings, based at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. At Re-Form Heritage, Clare has worked closely on the campaign to reinstate bell founding to the famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry site and has been instrumental in the transformation of a terrace of former pottery workers’ houses in Stoke-on-Trent to create a new heritage attraction, studio and workshop complex, a publicly accessible archive service and a community centre.
Having been inspired by the amazing creative heritage of Stoke-on-Trent, Clare is delighted to be joining the British Ceramics Biennial team in late summer 2021.
“The rich heritage of the Potteries and the work of leading contemporary artists offers brilliant inspiration for encouraging people to discuss, experience and create with clay. It is a real honour to build upon Barney Hare Duke’s innovating work and I look forward to being part of the British Ceramics Biennial team to develop both the festival and the year-round programme of activity throughout Stoke-on-Trent. I am very proud to be joining such a remarkable and pioneering organisation.” – Clare Wood