Aaron Cezar

Director


Aaron is the founding Director of Delfina Foundation, where he develops, curates and oversees its interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions and public platforms.


Over the last 15 years, Aaron has positioned Delfina Foundation as a meeting point and incubator of creative talent, forming partnerships with leading institutions internationally. He has devised Delfina Foundation’s ground-breaking thematic programmes such as Collecting as Practice, the first ever integrated residency programme for collectors and artists.

Aaron has curated external exhibitions, performances and programmes at Hayward Gallery Project Space, SongEun Artspace, ArtBo, and Art Dubai, to name a few. As part of the official public programme of the 58th Venice Art Biennale, he conceived the opening week and final weekend performances with Ralph Rugoff. Aaron has moderated high profile discussions in conferences as well as in the context of art fairs including Art Basel, Frieze and Art Brussels. He has written for The Art Newspaper, Harper’s Bazaar, and ArtAsiaPacific, among others. In 2019, together with Dani Burrows, he edited the book Politics of Food stemming from Delfina Foundation’s popular programme.

Aaron is a Strategic Advisor to Asymmetry Art Foundation and Kunsthalle Praha. He has been appointed to numerous boards and committees, currently including All Change Arts, Caribbean Art Initiative, Dhaka Art Summit, and Alserkal Avenue. He is a member of the jury for the 2023 Korea Art Prize and has served on other juries including the Turner Prize (2021), Samdani Artist Award (2012-2023), Oskár Čepan Award (2022), LIVE WORKS Performance Art Award (2016), Jarman Award (2012), MOP CAP (2018), and the Absolut Creative Competition (2019), to name a few.

Prior to Delfina Foundation, Aaron worked as Project Director of Metal, the artistic laboratory space established by Jude Kelly OBE, ultimately becoming Managing Director of Metal’s arts-based consultancy overseeing creative projects with a focus on urban regeneration. He has also worked with London 2012, as part of its culture team that secured London’s Olympic bid; at The Place, London; and in New York, as a management consultant.

Aaron was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Arts, London in June 2017. He earned a postgraduate degree with distinction in the Creative & Cultural Industries from King’s College London. He graduated from Princeton University with a first degree in Economics and a certificate in Dance and Theatre.

Sarah Philp

Deputy Director


As Deputy Director of Delfina Foundation, Sarah works with the Director on the development of strategy, governance, programmes, partnerships, and fundraising, to help ensure a sustainable long-term future for the organisation and to deliver on and further develop its mission.


Photo credit David Levene.

Prior to joining Delfina in June 2023, Sarah Philp was Director of Programme and Policy at Art Fund, where she led on the development and delivery of the charity’s grants programmes, museum and gallery support, and sector policy and research. She worked with partners nationwide across the museum and visual arts sectors – recently launching new research and funding to support the sector in its recovery from Covid-19.

Sarah is a founding member of the Association of Women in the Arts, has advised organisations including the King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter and the Churches Conservation Trust, mentored for Arts Emergency, and served as a trustee for the Association for Art History and Michael Clark Company.

Gillean Dickie

Director of Operations


Gillean Dickie is the Director of Operations at Delfina Foundation, overseeing building, financial and organisational management as well as contributing to strategic and business planning.


Gillean started her career in the exhibition department of CCA, Glasgow, followed by production and management roles in the performing arts and film, including with Merchant Ivory Productions, Blast Theory and Imlata Dance Company. As Producer with The Arts Catalyst she realised themed exhibitions and ambitious artist projects in a wide range of contexts, including museums, galleries, abandoned and former military sites, and public spaces.

Gillean has produced many artist commissions including notable projects by Aleksandra Mir, The Otolith Group, Marko Peljhan, Tomas Saraceno, Ashok Sukumaran, Critical Art Ensemble and Agnes Meyer Brandis.

Gillean studied Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and Arts Management at City University, London.

Erin Li

Curator


Erin is Delfina Foundation’s Curator, leading on delivery of residencies, exhibitions, and public programming.


Erin Li’s recent curatorial practice ferments everyday processes, relations and emotions into collaborative, multidisciplinary art projects.

Prior to joining the Delfina Foundation team in April 2023, she was Asymmetry Curatorial Fellow at Whitechapel Gallery and a resident at Delfina Foundation (June-December 2022). Her research into street dance and fermentation respectively manifested in Polyphonic Bodies, an evening at Whitechapel Gallery of performances declaring the fluidity of identities, and Polyphonic Bodies II, a communal tasting of an edible landscape at Asymmetry Art Foundation co-curated with her Delfina Foundation co-resident L. Sasha Gora. Erin was also on the curatorial team of three exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery: Action, Gesture, Performance: Feminism, the Body and Abstraction (2023); Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70 (2023); and Out of the Margins: Performance in London’s Institutions 1990s – 2010s (2022).

Before relocating to London, Erin was Associate Curator at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, where she realised numerous contemporary art exhibitions, residency programmes and art events, including curating Sipping Dreams (2023), emo gym (2022), and co-curating trust & confusion: Tino Sehgal (2021) and The Unsung (2021). She also worked as Art Manager at Duddell’s (Hong Kong and London) and Project Researcher and Development Coordinator at Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong).

Erin is a member of AICA (The International Association of Art Critics). Her published articles have appeared in Artforum and ArtReview.

Angela Blanc

Assistant Curator, Summer residency season 2024


Angela Blanc joins the Delfina team in a temporary role to support internal and public programmes throughout Delfina Foundation’s summer residency season.


Prior to joining Delfina Foundation, Angela served as Visual Arts Manager at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, where she was responsible for the events programme and contributed to developing Franco-British initiatives such as Fluxus Art Projects and Magnetic residencies.

Angela has worked as an assistant curator at various institutions, including Mimosa House in London, where she contributed to exhibitions such as The Baroness: Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (2022), Syncopes (2021), and Zoe Williams: Sunday Fantasy (2020). She also held curatorial positions at the Palais de Tokyo for Le Rêve des Formes (2017), and at the Pompidou Centre.

As an independent curator, she worked with Nottingham Contemporary (2020), Cubitt in London (2021), and the Prix Meurice pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris (2017). In 2020, she co-founded the curatorial and research platform If It’s Good, organising events at the Pernod Ricard Foundation (2021) and MAC VAL (2022).

Angela is currently the editor of Figure Figure magazine. Her texts have been published in Beaux-Arts Magazine and exhibition catalogues such as L’Epreuve des corps (cat. exhibition, MO.CO, Milan, Silvana Editoriale, 2022).

Roshy Afshar

Development Coordinator


Working closely with the Director and Deputy Director, Roshy supports the organisation’s fundraising efforts, particularly with regards to supporting existing relationships with individual donors and cultivating new ones.


Roshy completed her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art and her BA at Warwick University, both in Art History. Her own particular interest lies in contemporary Middle Eastern art practices.

Joining Delfina Foundation in January 2023, Roshy was previously working freelance for ZandFineArts alongside her studies.

Contact

T: +44 (0)207 233 5344
E: roshy@delfinafoundation.com

Danni Cheng

Programme and Administration Coordinator


Danni supports the smooth day-to-day running of the residency household and office, provides support for the artist residency programme and for public programmes and events.


Danni joined the Delfina team in March 2024 as Programme and Administrative Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked in visitor services at Cromwell Place and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Danni holds a BA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins, and continues to pursue a curatorial practice at the intersection of Asian diaspora studies, corporeal feminisms, and post-humanisms.