Matt Reiley of New York City is Associate Director of Conservation/Senior Conservator for the Central Park Conservancy, where he & his team are responsible for the stewardship of the Park’s historic built environment. Since 2003, Reiley has played a key role in projects including the Bethesda Terrace Arcade ceiling restoration, the Osborn Gates, the New York Obelisk (aka Cleopatra’s Needle) & the General Sherman Memorial. Matt is adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture Planning Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University & a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC). He is Director of Excelsior Art Services LLC, a conservation practice & multi-disciplinary studio providing custom design and production of artwork, restoration craft & conservation treatment for cultural resources. A dedicated sculptor, he founded AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective in a historic foundry in Trenton, New Jersey in 1999.
Danny Callaghan is an activist & cultural entrepreneur. He works as an independent artist, public historian & creative producer. His work is focussed on engagement, identity & local distinctiveness. He is the co-founder & Director of Ceramic City Stories CIC; a small UK based non profit organisation with a focus on local, national & international shared stories related to the historic ceramic industry of Stoke-on-Trent, England. Although the focus is ceramics; it’s all about local people, community & neighbourhood. In 2017, he established CLAYHEAD Secret Museum in an historical ceramic tile works that still uses uses traditional techniques & dust presses c.1900. This unusual pop up space houses an exhibition programme of community-sourced ceramics. Danny has worked in many locations across the UK (& occasionally abroad). However, he grew up in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent, England) and is passionate about the history & contemporary renewal of his home city. His primary artistic & research practice reflects this (relative) obsession.