Linda Theophilus

Linda Theophilus (then Girling) began her career in the visual arts in 1980, when she was appointed Gallery Assistant to the new Director of the Minories, Jeremy Theophilus.

During the seven years that she worked at the Minories she became very closely acquainted with the building, the history of the VBLF and the collection, as well as helping to run the range of activities that Jeremy brought into being. She had particular responsibility for craft-based exhibitions and for touring, and ended her time there as Acting Director. She married Jeremy in 1989.

In 1990, she became Head of Exhibitions and the Collection at the national Crafts Council. From 1995 she has worked as a freelance exhibition organiser and curator, and for the Arts Council in its regional offices and as an assessor. Most recently she has been part of the team delivering the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent (2011 – 2019).

Having lived all her life in Suffolk and then Colchester, in 1999 she moved to Kent, where she fulfilled her lifelong ambition to go to art school, studying fine art at Kent Institute of Art and Design. Now back in Colchester, she continues as an artist, focusing on large-scale drawing and site-specific installations, and is currently Chair of Cuckoo Farm Studios.