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Established in 2019, our Curator in Residence programme invites curators based in the UK to develop a major exhibition and programme of events that engage with our visitors.

During the residency, we work closely with each curator to support their idea, commission new artworks and create a programme of events that explore the themes of the exhibition. The curator's approach can be from any practice or background with a focus on imagining visionary futures that consider non-white, or global perspectives.

Take a look at our previous and current Curators in Residence below and the exhibitions and events they presented.

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2019-20: Helen Starr

Following on from previous exhibitions, Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett and REAL WORK, our Autumn/Winter 2019-20 season looked at themes of intersectionality through an exhibition as well as associated public and learning programmes.

In 2019 and with the support of ArtFund, we were delighted to award Helen Starr with the residency, who joined us 6 months prior to the season beginning to develop her ideas for you feel me_.

Helen Starr is an Afro-Carib Trinidadian Blixn* who lives between Trinidad and the UK. She has worked in the Arts sector for over 25 years. She founded The Mechatronic Library in 2010, to enable artists to engage with new media tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual reality (VR), Game engines, and 3D printing technologies. Starr’s focus is on the wellbeing of local communities. Working with museum curators and education teams, Starr’s hope is that cutting-edge artworks can provide a glimpse of a future filled with hope.

2020-21: Annie Jael Kwan

In 2020 and with the support of Artsformation, Annie Jael Kwan joined us as Curator in Residence to develop the exhibition, Future Ages Will Wonder, which launched our year-long programme exploring themes of belonging: Radical Ancestry.

Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator and researcher whose exhibition-making, programming, publication and teaching practice is located at the intersection of contemporary art, art history and cultural activism, with interest in archives, histories, feminist, queer and alternative knowledges, collective practices, and solidarity. As co-director of Something Human, a curatorial initiative, she has presented live art projects across the UK and Europe, and launched the the pioneering Southeast Asia Performance Collection (SAPC) that represent 50 artists from the region at the Live Art Development Agency during the 2017 M.A.P. project. Annie leads Asia-Art-Activism (AAA), an interdisciplinary, intergenerational research network launched in 2018, and currently in residence at Raven Row. She is also an instigating council member of Asia Forum, a platform discourses on contemporary global Asias, that will take place during the Venice Biennale in 2022.

Artsformation has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

2021-22: Carrie Chan

For 2021-22, we are thrilled to be working with Carrie Chan as Curator in Residence who will collaborate with us on our Radical Ancestry programme which focuses on different notions of belonging.

Carrie Chanis an independent curator, lecturer, and researcher who specialises in emerging media practices and digital culture. Based in London, she lectures regularly on cross-media and exhibition practices at the University of the Arts as well as Ravensbourne University. She was the inaugural curator of Design Society - a major design institution in Shenzhen co-founded by China Merchants Group and London's Victoria & Albert Museum. She was the curator for the opening show Minding the Digital (2017) and the co-curator of the major show Craft: The Reset (2018). As anindependent curator, she led several projects which fostered the creative collaboration between the East and the West. She was previously appointed as the curator for the touring show Co-Creating Hong Kong: A Design + Exhibition in San Francisco and Hong Kong. She has also lectured internationally at the Hong Kong Design Institute, Parsons School of Design and the Royal College of Art. She recently completed a research fellowship at the Royal College of Art. Her research interest is on digital technologies' impact on image-making, body representation as well as self-expression.

Listen: In both trickles and floods

Reaching across time zones and geographical regions, artist in residence Angela YT Chan and curator Annie Jael Kwan, have co-created an experimental audio work that explores their shared fascination with liquidity.


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