DR GAIL-NINA ANDERSON is a freelance lecturer and arts journalist working from Newcastle upon Tyne. Trained as an art historian with a specialism in Victorian art, she has lectured extensively in the field. She has organised two exhibitions for the Djanogly Art Gallery, Heaven on Earth and The Pursuit of Leather.

MICHAEL CHAPLIN was born in County Durham and brought up in Newcastle, the son of the acclaimed North-East writer Sid Chaplin. After 20 years as a journalist, documentary maker and television executive, he now writes drama for television, radio and theatre.

LARS SAABYE CHRISTENSEN is one of Norway’s most acclaimed novelists, a writer of short stories and poetry and winner of the Nordic Prize for Literature, Scandinavia’s top literary prize.

WILLIAM FEAVER is a painter, critic, writer and curator. He was for many years associated with The Observer and many other newspapers and magazines as well as working as a broadcaster and lecturer and, latterly teaching at the Prince’s Drawing School. He is a Trustee for the Ashington Group’s work.

HOLGER KOEFOED (born 1945) was Curator and Head of the Education Department at the National Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, and Associate Professor at the National Academy of Arts and Design, Oslo. He is an authority in Norwegian and Nordic art from Romanticism to late modernism and contemporary art, specialising in the Northern Romantic Tradition. His many publications include monographs on Lars Hertervig, Ørnulf Opdahl, Bjørn Carlsen and Theodor Kittlesen.

DR MICHAEL TUCKER (born 1948) was Professor of Poetics at the University of
Brighton until his retirement in July 2012. A specialist in Nordic culture, he has written widely about Frans Widerberg’s work and has also published studies of further central figures of contemporary Norwegian culture such as the saxophonist Jan Garbarek, the drummer Jon Christensen and the poet Jan Erik Vold. In 2012 he was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

WILLIAM VARLEY succeeded Victor Pasmore, Richard Hamilton and Ian Stephenson as Director of Foundation Studies at Newcastle University Fine Art Department, from 1970 – 2000. Throughout his teaching career, he had a parallel role as an art critic and broadcaster, principally as regional reviewer for the Guardian. He has written extensively on British and Scandinavian art and is a regular contributor to the magazine State with a series of polemical articles on art and culture.  

MARA-HELEN WOOD was Director of the University Gallery & Baring Wing at Northumbria University from 1977 – 2015, and simultaneously Director of Kings Place Gallery, London from 2008 – 2014. During her 38 year tenure she was responsible for an international exhibition programme supported by exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs. In 1994 she received the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in the rank of Knight First Class for her curatorship of five Edvard Munch exhibitions in the UK, including The Frieze of Life at the National Gallery, London. She continues to represent British and Scandinavian artists through exhibitions and more recently MHW Publications.  

Banner image: Ørnulf Opdahl, Winter Solstice 2014, Oil on canvas, 40 x 90cm