Gregory Scott Gurner (http://www.meta-gurner.co.uk)
Having graduated from CCAD, with an interest in sculpture,
the natural environment, and photography, Greg continued to
explore the arts scene in the North West securing exhibitions
at Isis Gallery Melmerby Shaddon Mill Gallery, and as part
of The Northern Graduates Exhibition- Curwen Gallery &
New Academy Gallery in Central London, whilst teaching Young
Offenders as part of the New Deal scheme, and building an
outdoor playground at Bluegate Montessori. He capped his stay
in Cumbria being commissioned to build two sculptures at Grizedale
Forest. Before departing he fulfilled his first major public
art action with 'A Positive Step'
In 1999 he joined with The Warp Experience: A 24 hour theatre show and experience, based within the arches under London Bridge station, and co-organised a series of 9 / 24-hour shows, involving the creation of The Meta-Conceptual Gallery, in which he curated 9 extremely diverse and challenging exhibition environments. This led to the first collaboration of The Art Organisation in 2000. (see History).
Greg has also been instrumental in the creation of TAO's meta conceptual gathering - an annual meeting of creatives - since 2001.
Robert attended CCAD as a 30year old student, following a ten year successful career in Management of licensed premises, pubs/clubs/venues, culminating in managing the design and build of a licensed venue, bar and restaurant from dereliction. As a student in Cumbria Robert became interested in aspects of conservation and studied wolves as a subject for his creative art (photography and writing) and performance. As part of his degree show he exhibited with RZSScotland at Edinburgh Zoo following a six month study of a captive wolf pack. On graduating in 1999 he traveled to America to further his wolf studies and when returning, went to Kent to study a captive pack, producing several woodland exhibitions based on a four year study, and creating a theatre group performing to promote aspects of the wolf.
His interests in art fall into large scale hand-printed black and white photography and has experimented with techniques on many subject matter relating to wolves and their wilderness, combining these interests with activities of The Art Organisation since 2000. Robert is Trustee of The Wolves and Humans Foundation (Charity) .
In 2008/07 he achieved a Masters degree in Photography from
DMULeicester/UCARochester. He is also a qualified (NVQ3) youth
worker and trained in many aspects of mental health care.
Robert Howie Smith is currently studying a PHD at Birmingham
Steve initially worked with TAO at 491 Gallery and 483, and since 2004, Steve has supported the project in Liverpool and joined Greg in its management when we took up permanent residency. Steve has since been involved in all aspects of the project, skilled in necessary building work and interested in TAO development and future success.
and Lynne Russell
Liam and Lynn took on the Nottingham project in October 2009, and are current Directors of the company managing affairs of TAONottingham. Liam initially rented a studio at Station Street in its opening months whilst still studying BA Fine Art at NTU. He volunteered his services to the project and was well placed to understand its ethos and fulfill its ambitions.
is the Project Manager of TAOLeicester and has been instrumental in its immediate success. He designed the concept of the coffee bar and exhibition space and is skilled in its construction and decoration. Adam initially worked in the Nottingham project, volunteering in the regeneration of the second and third buildings in 2008/2009, and proved his support for TAO.
founded the project in Nottingham in 2006, with her husband Rob Smith, creating the concept of the TeaBar in the space and assisting in its management until 2009. Kelly ensured the development of live events, music, workshops and festivals in the project and still supports selected nights she helped create. Kelly is a unique vocalist and supporter of Romany traditions.