Gallery Team

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff work to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the gallery. We curate our changing programme of selling exhibitions, maker led events and the delivery of our outreach projects with health, social care and education partners across Merseyside.

All gallery team members contribute towards curating and visual merchandising, event organisation, commissioning, artist selection and accounts.

Samantha Rhodes, Gallery Director

Samantha has over 25 years’ experience working in the contemporary crafts and applied arts at Bluecoat Display Centre.

Samantha’s key responsibilities include creative programming and curating; artist selection lead; press, publicity and marketing; accounts; fundraising and new developments lead.

Frances Gill-Smith, Assistant Director

Fran joined the Display Centre in 2010 after studying Fine Art, specialising in photography. She has helped the Bdc develop its education and event program, as well as curating various exhibitions.

Fran’s key responsibilities include: study trip and event organisation, and managing social media.

Kate Moult, Assistant Director

Kate has worked at the Display Centre over the past ten years whilst running her own studio-based jewellery business. Her jewellery has been sold very successfully at the Display Centre for a number of years.

Kate’s key responsibilities include outreach programme development and fundraising.

Claire Smith, Gallery Assistant

Claire joined the team in 2019. She studied textile design, specialising in woven textiles, before completing a Masters in art history, curating and criticism.

Claire’s key responsibilities include marketing, website and online shop development and management.

Alan Matthews, Accounts (Part-time)

Al joined the team in 2022. He has worked in the Merseyside arts community for almost thirty years and has extensive experience in accounting for arts organisations.

Al’s responsibilities include in house accounts supervision and advice; VAT returns; bank reconciliation.

Freelancers, Volunteers & Student Placements

The team is supported by several skilled part-time freelance and volunteer gallery assistants with experience in craft and design, galleries and retail who help at key times of the year, such as holiday cover and Christmas trading.

Regular work experience is offered to students and recent graduates as volunteers. We positively aim to promote diversity, and welcome involvement from all sections of the community. If you would like to apply for a volunteer placement, please send your CV, a personal statement and your availability to

Image: Bdc team and gallery visitors. Photography by Pam Seale.