Team Profiles

Eleanor Pinfield, Head of Art on the Underground

Eleanor leads the Art on the Underground team, setting the artistic vision and formulating a strategy for delivery of the world-class programme. She represents Art on the Underground in a range of contexts both within Transport for London and externally. Eleanor joined Art on the Underground in 2014 from Tate Modern, where she led the curatorial management of The Tanks Art in Action programme, delivering a changing live programme of commissions from acclaimed artists including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Tania Bruguera, Hito Steyerl, Boris Charmatz and Kerry Tribe. Eleanor also has expert professional knowledge of arts governance and has extensive experience delivering major arts infrastructure projects. Eleanor is a member of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and sits on the Crossrail Culture Line Advisory Group. Eleanor has a BA from Cambridge University and an MA in Art History from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Kiera Blakey, Curator

Kiera joined Art on the Underground in 2015 from the London School of Economics. She was Public Programme Coordinator, leading a programme exploring the connection between performance, design and politics and how those connections help us understand cities, with sociologist Richard Sennett. Between 2012 and 2016 she was founder and curator at Legion TV, a not-for-profit space that commissions early career artists to make new work. Recent projects include Samara Scott, Yuri Pattison, Hannah Black and collaborations with the New Museum New York and South London Gallery. At Art on the Underground she has curated a political campaign with the Mayor’s office in response to Brexit with artists including Tania Bruguera, Jeremy Deller and Bedwyr Williams; a new permanent artwork series across the Victoria line with Giles Round and a new permanent building launching in the Summer of 2017 with Assemble. Kiera has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Philosophy.

Jess Davies-Molloy, Curator & Technical Programme Manager

Jess works with artists to deliver contemporary art commissions across the network in various mediums including portraiture, sculpture and moving image. She is the contractor and third party liaison,  managing suppliers and taking the lead in the technical implementation and go-live of all Art on the Underground projects. Jess is responsible for risk & change management, ensuring compliance and assurance of all projects; as well as controlling the Art on the Underground budget. She has a BA in Classical Studies and an MA in Ancient History & Historiography. She previously worked as Damien Hirst’s business analyst at his studio, Science Ltd. Jess has facilitated & coordinated wide-ranging contemporary art commissions including: Koo Jeong A; Assemble; Tomma Abts; Pablo Bronstein; Alice Channer; Canary Wharf Screen; Benedict Drew; Tracey Emin; Liam Gillick; Yayoi Kusama; Michael Landy; Langlands & Bell; John Maine; Sarah Morris; Trevor Paglen; Giles Round; Zineb Sedira; Bob and Roberta Smith; Mark Wallinger; Richard Wentworth; Clare Woods.

Jessica Vaughan, Curator

Jessica joined Art on the Underground in 2016 from Studio Voltaire where, as Programme Manager, she led an ambitious programme of new commissions that championed emerging and underrepresented artists. Major commissions include Judith Bernstein, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Aaron Angell, Sanya Kantarovsky, Sol Calero, Sharon Hayes and a retrospective of the performance group The Neo Naturists. Prior to Studio Voltaire she worked at The Showroom and Serpentine Gallery. Between 2009 and 2012 Jessica worked at Tate Modern on a number of large-scale live projects including No Soul For Sale and The Tanks Art in Action. She has curated exhibitions at Legion TV with Will Evans & Julia Crabtree and Acme Project Space with Anna Moderato. Jessica has a BA in Fine Art & Art History for Goldsmiths and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art.

Lydia Briggs, Programme Coordinator

Lydia joined Art on the Underground in August 2016 and has a background in Graphic Design, having studied at Camberwell College of Art. She has worked on projects with Fraser Muggeridge studios and Europa, and has a specific interest in engaging public art. Lydia holds a supportive role, managing front of house and administrative tasks.

Art on the Underground Advisory Panel:

Mark Wild (Chair)
Managing Director, London Underground

David Hughes
Director, Strategy & Service Development, London Underground

Tim Marlow
Artistic Director, Royal Academy

David McNeill
Director of Group Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, Transport for London

Judith Nesbitt
Director of National and International Programmes, Tate

Julia Royse
Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council London

Alex Sainsbury
Director, Raven Row

Justine Simons
Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, GLA

Jacqueline Poncelet
Artist