In partnership with Art Fund, Gasworks has been able, for the first time, to offer a fully funded Fellowship to two curators working in or with a UK collecting institution wanting to conduct research and develop their knowledge of a different artistic context. This program is open to curators working in or with a UK collecting institution. Our intention is to create stronger links between collecting and non-collecting institutions, but also to curators employed by or which have a demonstrable relationship to collecting institutions
The fellowship is hosted by Gasworks’ international partners Bisagra, a curators and artist-led project in Lima, Peru.
The main aims of the proposed curators fellowships are:
-To provide opportunities for curators working in or with a UK collecting institution to engage with the arts ecology outside the West, in order to broaden their knowledge, develop new ideas and explore new methodologies.
-To establish mutually beneficial, international dialogue through their participation in discussions, presentations and other activities in conjunction with the international host organisations and their local network of peers and other institutions.
-To experience first-hand the context of a different art ecology,
-To create opportunities to develop new partnerships and links.
Sophie Williamson - Camden Arts Centre - 17 October - 11 November 2016
Sophie Williamson is currently an Exhibition Organiser at Camden Arts Centre, where she has realised ambitious exhibitions with international artists, including Kara Walker, Moyra Davey, Glenn Ligon, Jo Baer and Ben Rivers, as well as commissioning major new works by artists such as Ruth Ewan, Nina Canell and Emma Hart. From 2009 – 2013, she was part of the founding team of Raven Row, initially as Gallery Manager and later as Exhibitions Organiser, helping establish it as one of London's most critically acclaimed spaces. She has previously worked on a range of major international exhibitions, including the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006), the Venice Biennale (2007) and the first Asia Triennial Manchester (2008), as well as a range of projects across Europe, Asia, the UK and online. She writes regularly for publications, including Art Monthly, Frieze and Aesthetica. She received a BA in Fine Art (and Contemporary Critical Studies) from Goldsmiths College, London and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art, London.
Foteini Aravani - Museum of London - 8 January - 3 February 2017
Foteini Aravani is a Curator at the Museum of London developing the museum's digital collecting activities and identifying opportunities for acquiring digital material to enhance and enrich the Museum’s collections. Before that she was the Digital Producer at Battersea Arts Centre where she developed the heritage activities around the theatre’s history and archive. She has worked at the British Library as the curator for the centenary events of World War One and she was a curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece.
During her fellowship, she will research artist-led/curator-led initiatives that improve city living. Global cities face every day risks that impact on people’s lives. On the one hand cities evolve and on the other citizens have to overcome the challenges of this evolution in their everyday lives. In Lima she will look for initiatives that have an impact on people, the community and the city.
Established in 2014, Bisagra is an artist and curator-led group that functions as a meeting point in the fragmented world of the visual arts in Lima and the region. As such, Bisagra seeks to function as a space capable of embracing fluid ideas, projects and experiments that that create flexible exchanges and critical dialogue. Through its public programme of talks, exhibitions, publications and residencies, Bisagra aims to revitalise the production of contemporary art knowledge drawing from interdisciplinary perspectives – and more importantly – promoting a more critical, informed and connected artistic community.
Supported by the Art Fund.