Since 1985, I have been involved with contemporary art as a curator and writer.
In the past two decades, I’ve curated thematic exhibitions that have been commissioned and toured by: The New Art Gallery Walsall (‘Girl’ 2000, ‘Fairy Tale’ 2007); Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (‘Somewhere’ 2002, ‘The Animators’ 2005); Turnpike Gallery, Leigh (‘Art with Strangers’ 2008); Towner, Eastbourne (‘Underwater’ 2010); INIVA, London (‘Progress Reports’ 2010); Art in Romney Marsh (‘Dear Ladies of the Church’ 2012); the Bluecoat, Liverpool (‘3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night, 2013-14); and Pump House Gallery (‘The First Humans’, 2015-16).
Artists I’ve had the pleasure and honour of working with include: in the case of ‘3am’, Francis Alÿs, Tonico Lemos Auad, Jordan Baseman, Sandra Cinto, Dorothy Cross, Dornith Doherty, Anthony Goicolea, Marc Hulson, Rachel Kneebone, Nathan Mabry, Michael Palm & Willi Dorner, Hirsch Perlman, Ed Pien, Lucy Reynolds, Sophy Rickett, Paul Rooney, Anj Smith, Fred Tomaselli, Danny Treacy, Bettina von Zwehl and Tom Wood; and, in the case of ‘The First Humans’, Caroline Achaintre, Salvatore Arancio, Vidya Gastaldon, Andy Harper, Ben Rivers and Jack Strange.
Meanwhile, each spring since about 1987, I’ve lambed on farms with up to 2,000 ewes, in the UK and more recently in France. What I’ve learnt from farming – mainstream and ecological – is now asking big questions of me as a curator, concerning speciesism, sustainability, the concept of deep time, and the potential of art to change attitudes and behaviour. In becoming a CANW Associate Curator, I’m hoping to explore some of these questions and more.
Current projects include an exhibition called ‘Is this Planet Earth? Contemporary art and the future of nature’, which will launch in spring 2018 at Oriel Wrecsam and then tour. Also in spring 2018, I hope to return to an inspiring deep ecology farm, the Centre d’Eco-Etho Recherce et Education, https://www.eco-etho-recherche.com/fr/, for some lambing.