Curating

 

curating

Since 2009, I have been one of the directors and curators of Unravelled Arts which we formed in order to commission artists and makers to work in response to historic houses. In 2010, twelve artists make work for Preston Manor in Brighton, Following this, Unravelled worked in partnership with Trust New Art at the National Trust and curated three exhibitions for them at Nymans House and Gardens (2012), The Vyne (2013) and Uppark House (2014).

 

The rich and complex histories of each property proved fertile ground for the artists involved. Having between 10 and 12 artists responding to the same site allowed multiple histories to be brought to light.  An unexpected aspect of the curatorial project was the democratisation of history: the space for histories that would usually be deemed as marginal to move centre stage. The interventions also allowed for a more playful and free interpretation of the past, sometimes relying more on instinct than documented records.

 

In 2008 I curated Precious: Reclaiming Art and Craft at Hove Museum with Polly Harknett. Twenty artists whose work involved the transformation of discarded materials into things of worth were displayed with objects from the collections of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove.