Executive Committee

Updated: Apr 19, 2024

Current members of the Executive Committee (serving 2023-2025 - extended to)

Members of the Executive Committee serve two years as volunteers, facilitating the continuation of the union.

There is more information about the current committee below:

Zita Holbourne, London
Joint National Chair

Zita Holbourne FRSA is the co-chair of AUE. She is a multi-award  winning visual artist, designer, art curator, author, poet,writer and vocalist as well as  a lifelong   trade union, community activist and human rights / equality campaigner. She  is the co-founder & National Chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK and co-chair of Public Services International Education Support and Culture Workers Network.  She is the former National Vice President of PCS Union and curator of  the Trades Union Congress  Roots, Culture,  Identity Art exhibition 2013-2023.

In her visual art practice she creates as a painter, digital and multimedia artist and educator, facilitating art and creative writing workshops.  Her work, both in the arts and activism has a focus on equality, freedom,  justice and human rights.

She exhibits art, performs and speaks globally and is passionate about art and culture being accessible to all.

In 2023 Zita was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, which recognised her work in the arts and she was winner of the Caribbean Global Awards Outstanding Global Arts and Culture Award and listed as one of 100 people on the Global Diversity List.

Loraine Monk, London
Joint National Chair

Loraine Monk is a Figurative Artist/Printmaker, Lecturer, Trade Unionist, Women's Rights campaigner and Labour activist. She has completed three artist's residencies, one at St Elisabeth Hospice, Ipswich, Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, and Kingston Museum, London.

Her family were working-class Londoners; inspired by local and community history, her background has influenced her politics, academic research, and artistic practice.

She has exhibited in a number of independent galleries, group shows, and museums, as well as larger mixed shows, including the International Original Print Exhibition, the Society of Women Artists, and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. She has exhibited in London, Brighton, Sweden and Germany.

Her previous work experience includes Youth work, Welfare Rights Advice, Parliamentary research, and Lecturing in FE and Art Colleges. She has a studio in Hawks Rd Studios in SW London.

'We need a union for art practitioners, to represent artists, to expose and fight the exploitation and underpayment of artists and protect their rights as workers. We need AUE to lobby Arts Funding institutions and highlight areas of improvement, and above all to ensure that all diverse groups within our communities are represented and celebrated, as artists and as viewers and participants.'

Martin Sundram, Gloucestershire

An artist and trade unionist, Martin joined AUE early in in its history in 2015 and has been a member of the executive since 2016, helping AUE through its launch as a recognised and TUC affiliated union in that year.  He combines his own art practice with work for the University and College Union and brings a wealth of  trade union experience to AUE.  Prior to this he held governance roles with the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) and has been involved with a range of campaigning organisations throughout his adult life.

Martin has represented AUE on the TUC regional Culture and Leisure Industries Committee where he has been privileged to work closely with colleagues from Equity, the Musician's Union, PCS (the trade union for civil service staff) and others.

He lives in Stroud in Gloucestershire, a town with a large artist community for its size and is particularly interested in the re-imagining of high streets and town centres to support art production and exhibition space as part of their evolving survival as sustainable shared areas for all.

Vanessa Maurice Williams

Vanessa Maurice-Williams was one of the founding members of AUE and was the Treasurer from 2013 – 2016.  She was then co-opted back onto the Executive Committee in 2020 to manage the finances of the AUE’s Solidarity Fund, which she was a Trustee for. The Solidarity Fund has now closed applications, with the idea to revisit it in the near future, and Vanessa has again resumed her role as Treasurer for AUE.

Vanessa is a painter who makes large-scale installations.  She finished her Masters from the Slade in 2013 and has been shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries and The British School at Rome.  She has exhibited widely, including SEAS and ONCA in Brighton, The Griffin Gallery in London and The Control Room in Bristol. She lives and works in Brighton.

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Katriona Beales, London
Executive Committee member

Katriona Beales is an internationally exhibited artist who makes digital artefacts, objects, moving image and installation as well as participatory projects. Her work responds to affective experiences in online environments and post-digital culture. Recent commissions include new work for: Sotheby's Institute of Art premiered at the V&A (2023), IMPAKT, Netherlands (2020-21), V&A (2018), Science Gallery London (2018), FACT Liverpool (2015). In 2017 Katriona presented a large body of new work 'Are We All Addicts Now?' supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England (ACE) at Furtherfield, London.

Katriona undertook an ACE supported residency at the NHS' National Centre for Gaming Disorders in 2022. Previous residencies include Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2012) and Alterlierhaus Salzamt, Linz Austria (2009). She is currently creating new work as part of an ACE Develop Your Creative Practice award (2023-24). Katriona received an MA from Chelsea College of Arts supported by a Stanley Picker Award and has an artist profile on Rhizome.org.

Katriona is one of three original founding members of Artists' Union England, alongside Angela Kennedy and Sally Sheinman.








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