Vivienne Reiss


Vivienne works with artists on site-specific commissions, interventions and creative engagement programmes developing projects in galleries, community settings and health environments. She is currently working as creative producer at the Health Foundry, a new multidisciplinary collaborative workspace exploring ways in which digital technologies can play a part in improving health and wellbeing.

Previously Vivienne was interim visual arts development manger at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity where she developed the Charity's arts strategy across the Trust and wider community in Lambeth and Southwark, and oversaw the management of the art and heritage collection. In her role as arts manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital she curated a series of artworks for the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building including Lullaby Factory by Studio Weave, the award winning large-scale sculptural fantasy landscape built on the façade of the adjacent building, and The Choral Forest by Shona Illingworth and Henna Nadeem, a wall painting integrating sound creating an immersive environment. Over a period of three years she worked with the Wellcome Trust on a number of programmes promoting public engagement in biomedical science. She was Director of Participation and Learning and at the National Portrait Gallery and also worked at Tate and a range of London galleries on community engagement, public health and wellbeing programmes. Prior to this she worked at the Arts Council establishing artist-led participatory programmes and co-directed a series of symposia Interrupt: artists in socially engaged practice.

Vivienne was commissioning editor of Art of Negotiation (Cornerhouse 2007) and commissioned Art in Question (Continuum Press 2003). She was a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths University over a three-year period working in the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies convening a module as part of the MA in Participatory and Community Art, and she gives talks, teaches and carries out research in this area. 


Annie Cattrell