Massee Arts Grant - Panel

Mark Ramsdale

Mark Ramsdale

Mark is Chair of the BMS Fungal Education & Outreach Committee, and an Associate Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Exeter. He is the Head of Training in Medical Mycology within the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology with responsibility for all aspects of mycology teaching from undergraduate to doctoral training.  He has a long-standing interest in all aspects of mycology from the field to the lab, with expertise in fungal programmed cell death and stress responses and the interactions of fungi with their hosts. He has been involved in many public mycology events and is a keen (and always learning) forayer.

Léonie Hampton

Léonie Hampton began her trade at the age of seven with a point-and-push Le Clic Camera. After graduating in Art History at University College London and SOAS in 2000, she continued her studies in Photography at the London College of Communication.  Léonie co-founded Still/Moving, an open, multidisciplinary platform, a space for people to come together through conversation and collaboration, where ideas can be supported to evolve into creative and educational ventures.  She is currently a part-time teacher for MA Documentary Photography at London College of Communication and has exhibited in solo and group shows in the U.K. France, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Vienna, Italy and Canada.

Geoffrey Kibby

Geoffrey Kibby is Associate Researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and editor of Field Mycology, a quarterly publication of the British Mycological Society. He has written and illustrated numerous books as well as field guides on the larger fungi of both Europe and North America. 

Aimed at everyone from enthusiastic amateur to expert, these books are fully illustrated with paintings and drawings by Geoffrey himself, using skills he learned during years as a portrait painter.  Through this imagery, he aims to capture the essence of each species, and makes a conscious point of illustrating species not readily available in other guides.

Cameron Diekonigin

Raising the awareness of fungi not just to fellow fungus enthusiasts but also to a wider audience is a passion of mine. To do this, I bring together my keen interest in field mycology and my professional career in learning to provide educational opportunities to anyone who shows a spark of interest in fungi. 

Transfer of knowledge and understanding from one person to another is usually through either the spoken or written word and, although these are powerful methods, there are so many other means: sound, visuals, touch, smell - all of which can support learning and further people's awareness of the wonderful mycological world around them. Which I am keen to encourage!

Janet Quinn

Janet Quinn is Professor of Eukaryotic Microbiology and Deputy Dean of the Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University.

Her research laboratory focuses on stress-sensing and signalling mechanisms in human pathogenic fungi and their importance in virulence. The group studies a range of pathogenic Candida species including Candida albicans, Candida glabrata and Candida auris.

Janet is the current President of the British Mycological Society and a past member of the BMS's Fungal Biology Research Committee.

Michael Archer

Now retired, Michael Archer most recently held the post of Professor of Art at Goldsmiths University of London, where he was Programme Leader for BA Fine Art. His research interests focused on modern and contemporary art and, as a critic and writer, his work has appeared in many journals, including Artforum, Art Monthly, Frieze and Parkett, and in numerous catalogues.

Michael is the author of Art Since 1960 (Thames & Hudson 1997/2002, new edition forthcoming), and has contributed the later chapters on modern and contemporary art to Hugh Honour and John Fleming's A World History of Art (Laurence King 2009).