Branch Arts, created by Susie Lawson and Flora Fairbairn, is a dynamic communications and creative partnership network built on their combined experience of over 35 years in varying areas of the Arts. Utilizing their long-standing connections with specialists in the arts community as well as with cultural organisations, Branch works with hundreds of artists world-wide, businesses, brands, arts commentators and individuals.
Director - Branch Out
Susie Lawson is a highly experienced arts publicist who was formerly at the Royal Academy (RA) and The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG). Recent campaigns include the hugely successful launch of Frieze Masters, London and five years of the London Original Print Fair at the RA. Susie’s arts PR career encompasses both in-house and agency work before going freelance. After working for the agency Cawdell Douglas she moved to TPG and then to the press and marketing office at the RA, before running the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. As a consultant, clients have included Frieze Masters, The Gallery of Lost Art in conjunction with TATE and Channel 4, The Art Room, LOPF and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. With both PR and marketing expertise, Susie advises clients on strategic communication campaigns, using multiple platforms to engage with new and loyal audiences.
Director - Creative Branch
Flora Fairbairn is an independent curator and art advisor, with a background in architecture. Since 2000, she has been producing exhibitions in various non-gallery, architecturally interesting locations, working with hundreds of artists. Flora has a reputation for having discovered and launched the careers of a multitude of artists, many of whom have gone on to become a house-hold name, placing their work in a wide range of private and public collections around the world. Locations where Flora has curated exhibitions include La Casa Encendida, Madrid, The Museo del Ron in Havana, Cuba, a derelict building on the river in Kings Cross, London and in vaults underneath the courtyard of Somerset House, London. She sits on various arts industry panels and committees and is passionate about identifying and supporting talented artists whose work should be seen by as wide an audience as possible.
Artlogic is a long-established art technology firm working with hundreds of galleries, artists and collectors worldwide. For over 20 years they have been at the forefront of innovation, creating seamlessly integrated websites, databases and apps for the art industry. Artlogic future-proofs your systems, coordinates your marketing and modernises your business. All of their products integrate seamlessly with one another, reducing repetitive data entry and ultimately giving owners more time to think creatively, increase sales and grow their businesses.
Alison Wright works with galleries and arts organisations in the UK, specialising in media relations for contemporary and modern visual art and photography. Her clients include the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Modern Art Oxford, the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts, Café Gallery Projects and Autograph ABP at Rivington Place. Past clients include Camden Arts Centre, Animate Projects, the BFI, Phaidon Press, Bloomberg Space, Siobhan Davies Dance and many others. Alison’s art PR career began in the press offices of Tate and the Art Fund, and she was press manager of London’s Hayward Gallery before setting up Alison Wright PR in 2005.
Iliana is a London-based PR consultant and project manager working across the worlds of art, design, craft and culture. For over 18 years she has publicised everything from museum launches and art fairs to festivals and exhibitions. She works with individuals and organisations to run imaginative and high-impact publicity campaigns, develop and manage projects and give strategic guidance.
Before setting up her consultancy, she was an Associate Director at cultural PR agency Four Colman Getty. Prior to that, she was Press and Marketing Manager at the Crafts Council.
KDDM is a digital marketing consultancy that takes pride in creative thinking with a practical outlook. Kirsten Dennis built KDDM off the back of her twenty years experience in senior marketing and communications positions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. They have a broad base of expertise across food, culture and publishing, having worked with a range of high profile organisations and personalities. KDDM can work very flexibly: from strategy to implementation; one-off projects to ongoing relationships. They love all things digital and want to help clients make the most of their online profiles – as authentically and painlessly as possible.