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New Trustees Announced

Grand Union is delighted to announce that Diandra McCalla, Faisal Hussain, Joyce Treasure and Julie Craig have joined its Board of Trustees.

The new appointments bring a range of experience and knowledge in visual and performing arts, finance and youth engagement, that will have numerous positive impacts on Grand Union Gallery & Studios, which is fast establishing itself as a leading contemporary art venue in the city.

Despite a difficult year for arts and culture due to Covid, the organisation continues to gain profile with Programme Director Kim McAleese just announced as one of the judges for 2021’s Turner Prize which will be held at The Herbert Museum in Coventry for City of Culture.

Dorothy Wilson, Chair of Grand Union’s board, comments, “As Grand Union establishes still  further its reach and influence, Kim McAleese’s appointment to the jury for the 2021 Turner prize acknowledges the importance of Grand Union’s work. It’s a great pleasure to welcome our new board members and to look forward to their contributions to our understanding, ambition and planning.”

Cheryl Jones, Grand Union’s Director said, “We are so excited to welcome Diandra, Faisal, Joyce and Julie as Trustees. Through getting to know them this year, I can already see how each of their ideas and skills will play a huge part in developing our organisation. They all intrinsically understand the importance of organisations like Grand Union and the role arts and culture can have in a city like Birmingham. I very much look forward to working with each of them to deliver our ambitions in the coming years.”

Diandra McCalla is an Arts Producer passionate about creating provocative and engaging participatory arts experiences, especially for young people along with underrepresented and socially disadvantaged communities. A musician and former teacher, Diandra recently co-produced West Midlands Weekender- Democratising Creativity and Culture. She currently works for Birmingham REP Theatre in the Creative Learning team. She said “I am thrilled to become a trustee at Grand Union. It’s a fantastic organisation and I can’t wait to be a part of its bright future.”

Julie Craig is Finance Director at Stoford Developments. She has previous experience of working with charities as a Treasurer.

Faisal Hussain is an experienced Creative Producer and Artist and Director of True Form Projects, an arts and heritage organisation specialising in work with the diaspora communities from South Asia in Britain. His work is currently showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020. Faisal said “It is a real honour to be asked to join Grand Union as a Trustee. I am hopeful that in working with the organisation I can help in its growth and in the growth of further arts activity in new and exciting spaces.”

Joyce Treasure is a multi-disciplinary artist with an established history of working in the education industry. She gained her BA Hons (First Class) degree in Black Studies from Birmingham City University in 2020. Skilled in photography, film, editing, art, and facilitation, she has worked with young people and vulnerable adults in a variety of settings, including schools, youth centres and a hospital. She said “After being an artist in residence through GU’s new residency initiative working in partnership with Bruntwood, I have become more familiar with Grand Union’s space and the significant work they do in supporting Birmingham artists and the arts sector in the West Midlands. I am very excited and look forward to working with the Grand Union team during this challenging and exciting period in the art world.”

Find out more about the Grand Union team and Board of Trustees.