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Masterclass presenter profiles

Neil Jenkins, presenter Masterclass 1, The Creative Producer as Collaborator
Michael Cassin, Director, Centre for Education in the Visual Arts, The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, presenter Masterclass 2 Helping visitors engage with art in meaningful ways
Lisa Sassella, General Manager Marketing, National Gallery of Victoria, presenter Masterclass 3 Using psycholgraphics and audience segmentation to inform programming

Neil Jenkins, presenter Masterclass 1, The Creative Producer as Collaborator

Neil Jenkins is an artist whose current practice is heavily engaged with electronic media, language, programming and networked communication. He is particularly interested in the use of networks (both real and virtual) toward creating hybrid interactive installation pieces. Born and raised in the UK, Jenkins is now living and working in Sydney, Australia.

Whilst developing an online studio of work at devoid, together with commercial projects and interactive design and programming for arts organisations, Neil Jenkins works extensively with Furtherfield, a London/net based artists collective, using the internet and networked technology as a focal point for creative discourse, events and production. Projects including Visitors Studio and FurtherStudio (an online artists residency programming) and 'Skin/Strip Online' (a collaboration between Furtherfield and Completely Naked, commissioned by BBC Shooting Live Artists 2003).

Neil also teaches and held the position of Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media at Bath Spa University (Graphic & Screen Design) from 2000 to 2008.

About Furtherfield
Furtherfield.org was founded in London in 1996 and is the collaborative work of artists, programmers, writers, activists, musicians and thinkers who explore beyond traditional remits; dedicated to the creation, promotion, and criticism of adventurous digital/networked media art work for public viewing, experience and interaction. Developing imaginative strategies in a range of digital & terrestrial media contexts, Furtherfield develops global, contributory projects that facilitate art activity simultaneously on the Internet, the streets and public venues.

An artist-led group that utilizes networked media to create, explore, nurture and promote the art that happens when connections are made and knowledge is shared Đ across the boundaries of established art-world institutions and their markets, grass-roots artistic and activist projects and communities of socially-engaged software developers. This is a spectrum that engages from the maverick media-art-makers and small collectives of cross-specialist practitioners, to projects that critique and change dominant hierarchical structures as part of their art process.

Michael Cassin, Director, Centre for Education in the Visual Arts, The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, presenter Masterclass 2 Helping visitors engage with art in meaningful waysBack to top

Michael Cassin studied art history, painting and printmaking at the University of Leeds, in Great Britain and subsequently worked in the Education Departments of Southampton City Art Gallery and the National Gallery in London. For nine years he was Head of the Education Department at the National Galleries of Scotland before taking up the position of Curator of Education at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in June, 2000.

Michael is currently the Regional Coordinator for North America on the board of the International Council of Museums Committee for Education and Cultural Action.

Michael has lectured and written widely on museum education, and run courses and workshops on the subject, and specifically on audience engagement, in Europe and in cities across North America. His publications include More than meets the eye, Bodylines, and Art and ...

The Clark recently launched a new initiative: a Center for Education in the Visual Arts, with Michael as Director. In addition, he has just written a ghost story for children, set in an art museum in Massachusetts.

Lisa Sassella, General Manager Marketing, National Gallery of Victoria, presenter Masterclass 3 Using psycholgraphics and audience segmentation to inform programmingBack to top

Lisa is an Economics and Commerce graduate from the University of Melbourne.

Lisa joined the National Gallery of Victoria in 2001, having worked in senior marketing roles for many blue-chip FMCG organisations including Colgate-Palmolive, Cussons Australia, Dulux and
Heinz-Watties.

Lisa has also worked in the advertising industry, as a Strategic Planner for Publicis Mojo, consulting to Telstra on their company-wide Marketing Communications program.

During her time at the National Gallery of Victoria, Lisa has overseen marketing and corporate sponsorship strategies for the NGV brand and for its exhibitions and events across both NGV galleries – NGV Australia at Federation Square and NGV International on St. Kilda Road. She has led the NGV’s marketing and sponsorship effort for six Melbourne Winter Masterpieces blockbuster exhibitions since 2004.

Lisa is responsible for Marketing, Graphic Design, Corporate Partnerships, and the Front of House operation across both NGV venues.