Belinda Holden, Managing Director Yinka Shonibare Foundation (Y.S.F.). Belinda joined Y.S.F. in January 2020 and is leading on the fundraising, governance and establishment of Guest Artists Space in Nigeria. During 2020 she established Guest Projects Digital to continue supporting artists in the creation and dissemination of their work during the global pandemic.
Belinda has an international breadth of experience in developing culture-driven projects, has conceived and developed major public arts programmes, commissioning and producing new work in non-gallery settings, devising and delivering creative community engagement and education projects, partnering and collaborating with artists, designers, architects, developers, local councils, funders, curators, galleries and cultural institutions.
She jointly founded T Projects in Melbourne and was lead strategic arts consultant to Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) Design & Construction and RSH+P Architects on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Creative Programme in Australia. Belinda worked for cultural agency Futurecity initially based in London before becoming Head of Sydney. Whilst there she developed numerous cultural strategies including The Shard for London Bridge Quarter; Royal Papworth Hospital Cambridge; New Covent Garden; London Bridge Station for Network Rail; Guy’s & St Thomas’ Cancer Centre and commissioned artists including; Jaume Plensa, Daniel Silver, Mark Titchner, Angela Bulloch, Mariele Neudecker and Tania Kovats amongst many others.
Prior to this Belinda was a freelance arts and culture consultant to a number of local authorities, NHS Trusts, development and infrastructure companies. Belinda established and led an award winning public art company for over nine years, working within complex interdisciplinary design and construction teams, to embed artists and communities in the public and built environment.