ABOUT

Since 1989, art has been the language I speak and the bible I swear by. My lifelong creative education ranges a beautiful repository of art, music, movement, science, politics, anthropology, fear and finance, philosophy and technology.

My existence till now has been distilled with insights from my brother’s interest in artificial intelligence and accompanied by the admiration I have for my intellectually intimidating sister. Drawing was used by my mother to help me learn and silence me when I was a nuisance. And thankfully, my father snuck business into all conversations about art, for survival purposes.

Like other millennials, I watched the internet enter it’s adolescence and anonymously sought thrills from fascinating and disturbing chatrooms. These days I listen to science podcasts and pay attention at futurist talks. Empathy, mental health, social action and being a good ally play a huge role in my self initiated projects.

You can call me a curator, creative organiser, artist manager, low-fi gallerist.


EXPERIENCE


Curated Exhibitions


PAST (2019) Taste Neon, London, UK
Colours Aren’t Words Like Homes Aren’t Houses, Jake Sherpered, London, UK
Letting Objects Speak (2018) SET Bermondsey London, UK
DARKMATTER (2016) New Zealand Portrait Gallery
strictly 4 grinding (2016) Memphis Belle, Wellington, NZ
Parrhesia (2016) Emporium Vintage, Wellington, NZ
What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you (2016) Fusion Surf Skate, NZ
Indulge in my vanity (2016) MEANWHILE, Wellington, NZ
The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use (2016) MEANWHILE, Wellington, NZ
Cyber Nectar (2016) Wellington, NZ
Summer Chicks (2015) Hen, Brighton, UK
DAY6 (2015) Front Room, Brighton, UK
Kristmas Lick (2014) Lick Warehouse Brighton, UK
K <3 W (2014) New England House, Brighton
, UK
Death By Gallery, (2014
) Brighton, UK
Going Solo (2014) Taylor St Baristas, Brighton, UK
Boon Issue 4 (2014
) Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
The Butchery (2013) Brighton, UK

W O R K

2013 Kollektiv Gallery
Founder and Curator


I am the founder and curator of Kollektiv, an award winning cooperative. Kollektiv explores notions of collectivity and dispersion, focusing on group residences and exhibitions with a shared curatorial element. The residency takes groups of artists, often who become friends, together run a crowdfunding campaign, together acquiring a vacant property, collborating on a concept and curating artworks, installing the exhibition and running events. Interested in the ethics of community, art and inhabiting space, this work is done in tandem with playing and entrepreneurial drive to survive as a creative.

Critiquing the oscillation between artist and gallery, Kollektiv attempts to dismantle the hierarchical limitations of the all too familiar artist / gallery co-dependancy, and instead reacts to the semiotics of the city as a backdrop for the artist’s work; a car, an empty butchery, an office or empty warehouse as exhibition space. 


Alongside exhibitions, I programme art festivals, coordinate workshops and talks, publish interviews, online publications, essays and podcasts and manage artists too. I also travel to many universities to tell the story of how I opened Kollektiv Gallery and run my own innovation workshop about creativity and entrepreneurship.
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2019 Taste Neon, London
Curator
 and Manager

Taste Neon is a socio-political music and spoken word evening situated in a partly renovated, unmarked warehouse in Haggerston, London. The organisers asked me to find artists to exhibit in the concrete pit of the warehouse. Showing work by artists who critique and explore local and global issues, especially those interested in using their voice to unpack decolonisation, immigration, mental health, antiracism and take community action.


2019
Foss Magazine, London
Editor


Foss is a self-initiated internet magazine which explores the interludes between art & sport. My co-editor and I research, attend exhibitions and conduct interviews to archive contemporary and historical imagery exploring these themes. Works of interest include Eddie Peake’s Touch (2012), a staged performance of naked footballers playing five-a-side football match. The work’s title Touch (2012) suggests the inherent tactility and homoerotic exhibitions that comes with contact sports.




2018
Hayward Gallery, London
Tour Guide

Confidently and clearly deliver engaging, exhibition specific, public and private tours based on self initiated research. Since May I have lead tri-monthly 45min to 1hours tours for Lee Bull: Crashing curated by Stephanie Rosenthal and Space Shifters curated by Cliff Lawson. Next I will be leading tours for the Kader Attia exhibition starting in 2019. My tours can be for groups between 2 up to 60 people at a time, specifically groups of architects, economics students, Sotheby’s international employees as well as diverse demographic who happen to join the public tours. Based on a strong research the tours I give are adjusted to suit the visitors. I introduce the group to the history of the gallery and Southbank Centre site, as we follow a route around the gallery I unfold the concept of the artist/s work in collaboration with the curatorial direction and space and also speak of the technical installation and behind the scene stories.


2018
Hayward Gallery, London
Visitor Experience Host


Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture. The year-round exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world. The aim of the Host position is to be a world class expert and advocate of artistic knowledge for visitors on site. Seeking out conversations to have about the art with visitors. As a Host I need to know all drills to guide visitors to safety during an evacuation as well as keep both artworks and visitors safe by regulating visitors keep a safe distance away from artworks in the gallery. Build positive relationships with the team and management to ensure smooth running of gallery. Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the role that diversity and inclusion play in the activities of the Southbank Centre as a whole. 


2018
Letting Objects Speak
Curator and Producer


Kollektiv Gallery group show at SET Bermondsey London
Presenting a range of video, objects and performance-based works, the artists in this exhibition employ an excavation framework to trace a journey of interpretation around extinction, colonisation, power and agency.

Emily Wood
Laura Durward
Jack Rooney
Juliette Hagg
謝詠雯 Wingman Erin
Sophie Giblin
Georgie Brinkman
Alex Wight

Letting Objects Speak was organised over a 6 week period, resulting in a one day curatorial intervention workshop and exhibition and handout. 
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kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff


2017
Koko Black
Brand Strategist and Copywriter

Bryce Ford is the Creative Director of Koko Black, a contemporary chocolate company in Melbourne, Australia. Bryce contracted me to research and rewrite Koko Black’s new brand strategy. This included collecting data and refining research on competitors, finding a tone of voice to fit the new aesthetic direction and present all the information in a readable document for the board and investors. At the same time I was also hired as a copywriter to produce content for the website, social media posts, seasonal events, competitions and names of products.

2016 - 2017
Mark Tantrum Photography Ltd
Studio and Production Manager

During my final months in New Zealand I worked with Mark and his team to organise photoshoots, videos, manage clientele and recruit new staff. I produced and managed the development of a streamlined digital presence, which included rebranding, curatorial decisions, copywriting and SEO enhancements on his social media accounts, email and website. I also wrote funding applications for creative photography, documentary projects and pitches for clients. 


2015 - 2016 Cyber Nectar
Festival Curator and Producer


Kollektiv Gallery, funded by Wellington City Council funded, New Zealand
. Cyber Nectar references warm, alive bodies interacting with cold, dry pieces of technology. Roy Ascott theorised the term ‘moist media’ as a way of describing, ‘where wet living biologies meet dry computational systems’. Cyber Nectar responds and critiques issues raised by both Roy Ascott and other early cyber feminists by examining the psychological and physical experience of proto-digital life. kollektiv with amy's stuff

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2016
DARKMATTER
Curator and Event Coordinator

A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at New Zealand Portrait Gallery
. “What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? DARKMATTER’s Alok Vaid-Menon is trying to figure it out.” In collaboration with Garage Project, Women’s Refuge New Zealand, Wellington Rape Crisis, InsideOUT, an incredible organisation who work to make Aotearoa a safe(r) place for young people of diverse genders and sexualities. Other supports and funders were JPEG2000, Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council Public Art Grants and New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

Alok Vaid-Menon DARKMATTER
Hana Pera Aoake
Jordana Bragg
Dilohana Lekamge
Elijah Winter
Faith Wilson
Georgina Watson
Hera Lindsay Bird
Laura Duffy
Mya Morrison-Middleton
Piupiu Maya-Turei
Tayi Tibble.

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kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff


2016
Indulge in my vanity
Curator


A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at MEANWHILE GALLERY, Wellington, New Zealand
. Curatorial intervention of The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use with tryptic video work by Nathaniel Gordon-Stables, accompanied by writing by Laura Duffy and edited by Dilohana Lekamge. In the curatorial intervention of the group show The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use (It is a relationship entered into) Laura Duffy has created space for an artist she feels deserves recognition, Nathaniel Gordon Stables. Nathaniel isn’t wāhine, he is tangata ira tane as well as takatāpui.

The idea of the curatorial intervention was to disrupt the notion of ‘women’, not only in the pre-existing exhibition, but to reconstruct the constraints that ‘women’ has as a category in order to be more inclusive and diverse. Cyber Nectar surrounds ideas of decolonisation: takatāpui in itself has an unfortunate history of being erased within the process of colonisation and the western documentation of Maori culture. This intervention attempts to respect takatāpui and allow them to gain more visibility. kollektiv with amy's stuff

2016
Parrhesia
Curator and Event Coordinator

A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at Emporium Vintage, Wellington, New Zealand
. Text video installation, duration 5 minutes (continuous loop), Hana Pera Aoake and Jordana Bragg in collaboration with Sean Burn. In rhetoric, parrhesia is a figure of speech described as: “to speak candidly or to ask forgiveness for so speaking”. In August 2016 Hana Pera Aoake and Jordana Bragg undertook a week long takeover of the Lokal stories Instagram and Twitter accounts. HPA wrote almost a thousand tweets. JB erased all of these by deleting approximately 150-200 a day. ‘Parrhesia’ is a selection of these tweets, which act as a series of poems or anxious truths around intimacy, grief, capitalism and how we mediate our ‘selves’, emotions and relationships through technology. Parrhesia is a animated text work designed by irl angel, Sean Burn.

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2016
What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you
Curator


A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at Fusion Surf Skate, Wellington, New Zealand
. Performative video installation, duration 3 min 33 sec (continuous loop), Jordana Bragg and Hana Pera Aoake, in collaboration with Laura Duffy. This video work uses the ocean and water as a way to frame the anxiety and emotional labours of capitalism and digital life. Filmed and edited in collaboration with Laura Duffy this video work flickers between footage spliced together to mimic the multitude of tabs open online. Its rhythm is designed to reflect the exponential rate at which colonialism and neoliberalism is destroying the world, and the paradoxical way capitalism and imperialism has constructed our identities and affected the rate of our productivity. kollektiv with amy's stuff


2016
The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use
Curator


A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at MEANWHILE GALLERY, Wellington, New Zealand
. There is no one universalised experience of ‘otherness’, but how might these individual narratives we live come together to inform a complexity of concerns around the body and digital life? The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use (It is a relationship entered into) is an exhibition of work by national and international wāhine artists and writers. Each artist creates work that is embodied, marked by their experiences and offers ways of expressing empathy through self care, repetition, unlearning/learning and humour.



Audrey Baldwin (Ōtautahi)
Katherine Botten (Narrm)
Sophie Cassar (Narrm)
Quishile Charan (Tāmaki Makaurau)
Klein (London)
Ayesha Tan-Jones (London)
Jordana Bragg (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Hana Pera Aoake (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Laura Duffy (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Dilohana Lekamge (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)

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kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff


2015 - 2017
Femur Design
Freelance Visual Experience Designer


At Femur Design I manage the team that designs instant and intuitive musical experiences for the web, iOS and Android. For example Theremin is a touch playable synthesiser. I collaborated with the team on the visual experience and managed the brand strategy, launch, press releases, videos and mail outs. Our most recent project involved two other senior developers to create Blokdust, a web app which allows users to build instruments and make self-playing sound environments. kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff


2015
National Citizen Service
Mentor and Workshop Leader


I’m interested in empowering young people to contribute to their communities, that’s why I worked with the National Citizen Service in Reading. I guided 16-19 year olds to volunteer at their local dementia homes, to share their joint passion for art and music with the elderly people they visited. These experiences have taught me the importance of safeguarding, participating in youth lead curriculums and clear communication in challenging circumstances. 
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2015
Summer Chicks
Producer, Event Coordinator

Summer Chicks were a group of women makers, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, art directors who aim to strengthen the community.



Programmed Events
Something From Nothing, Bettina Nem
Fast Art Marathon, Sophie Giblin
Geometric Concrete, Charlotte Gilks
Hand Embroidery, Harper & Finch
Deep Pockets & Long Lists, Jesse Black Mooney
Start Ups & Crowdfunding, Sophie Giblin
Double Gazing, Amy Brown
Microscopy: Photography & Food Waste, Charlotte Eliza King & Charlotte Wilson
70’s Weaving, Amy Ilic
Pop-Up Pottery, Finola Maynard
The Basics of Weaving, Lucy Davidson
Political Plasticine, Holly Macdonald


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kollektiv with amy's stuff


2015
DAY6
Curator, Producer, Event Coordinator


DAY6, It Is What It Is by Kollektiv Gallery 102 Gloucester Road, Brighton

. Watch the marketing video here.

Programmed Events

Fired for you - a ceramics workshop, Finola Maynard

Ballads for all the ladies - live music, Bell Hall

UV Knitting + Illustration, Victoria Homewood & Amy Brown

Collaborative Guerrilla Drawing, Bettina Nem

Art Record Sleeve Deface Mash Up + trip to the local record shop + records playing, Harry Mills
Ethical Fashion Discussion, Nicole SP
How to Open a Pop Up Gallery, Sophie Giblin
Portfolios & Copyright Q&A, Matthew Shearer

Typography & Lettering Practice, Small Type
Superhero Smackdown - drawing, dares & games, Alessandra Chambers & Amy Brown
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kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff


2014
Double Gazing
Artist and Bussiness Manager

During this time I started managing artists and supporting them to start their own ventures. I worked with Amy Brown on her portrait drawing project, which we titled Double Gazing, as the portraire she practices is mural based, via a window. Amy has drawn at events for Southnank Centre, London. Magazine launches and gallery openings. kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff


2014
Death By Gallery
Curator, Producer, Event Coordinator

A gallery opened by Kollektiv, 16 Brighton Square, funded by Kickstarter, Santander and Brighton University, supported by Brighton Fringe & Open House Brighton

.

Programmed Events

Paper Plane closing party, Andy Felton
Association of Illustrations and Friends talk
Art and Sandwiches, Teddy Chan
Make your own ceramic drinking vessel, Finola Maynard
Crash Course in Taxidermy, Aliona Shi
Luke Sital Singh, Murray Macleod live in the Gallery
A little bit creative with money, Charlie Davis Pixel your face, Holly McDonald
Cosmic Collage, Maria Sams
Painting Gradients, Sam Creasy
Death By Gallery Opening Event
Hairy Things, live drawing public intervention

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kollektiv with amy's stuff

kollektiv with amy's stuff



2014
Butchers
Founder, Curator, Producer, Event Coordinator, Artist Manager

Kollektiv is an award winning cooperative, exploring notions of collectivity and dispersion, focusing on group residences and exhibitions with a shared curatorial element. The residency takes groups of artists, who through a found friendship, manage a crowdfunding campaign, acquire a vacant property, collaborate on a concept and curate the space the art sits within, all of this is topped with a hands on approach to installing the exhibition and teaching events.

This was the first gallery I had ever opened. I learnt a huge amount about funding, planning, delegating, managing people and marketing. It was for this gallery and residency that I was awarded Most Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the South East of England, 2014.

Programmed Events

Drinkie Doodle, Adam Moore and Billy Mathers
Drawathon, Patrick Bates
Graphic Design Today, Luke Neverest
Lino printing, Lucy Irwin
Pom Poms, LucyDavidson
Terrarium making, Giulia
Deck-o-rate, Alessandra Chambers
The Silent Auction, Peter Lloyd, Jonny Hannah

Association of Illustrations and Friends talk
Private View Opening Party

Tell us what to paint group public intervention, Marwood cafe upstairs, Brighton

kollektiv indoor

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kollektiv with amy's stuff

Fast Art
Fast Art is a speedily paced, creative entrepreneurship workshop, where teams must start, finish and sell a project in under 2 hours. Fast Art lovingly forces us to trust our gut, let go of expectations and pay homage to the ingenious child inside each of ourselves. The workshop smashes up the usual agile-innovation techniques, allows us to act on raw instinctive decision making and physical creation, whilst reigniting a love for idea generation, team spirit and face-to-face selling.

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WORKSHOP AND TALKS

I’m honoured to have spoken at universities, galleries and businesses all over the South East of England, telling Kollektiv Gallery’s start up story, suggesting ways to support artists and sharing my business model, so other’s can use it too.



I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching my workshop Fast Art alongside most of these talks. Fast Art is a speedily paced, creative entrepreneurship workshop where teams start, finish and sell a concept in three hours or less. I designed Fast Art to lovingly nudge people to trust their gut, let go of expectations and pay homage to the ingenious child inside themselves. Fast Art smashes up agile-innovation techniques and allows participants to act on raw instinctive decision making and physical creation.

2018


Letting Objects Speak, curatorial workshop, SET Bermondsey

Bodies of Knowledge, Laura Durward, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL




2017

Well Known Workshop, Brighton & Hove Council strategy day

2016

Fast Art talk & workshop, Toi Poneke Art Centre, Wellington City Council

Fast Art talk & workshop, Toi Poneke Art Centre, Wellington City Council

Where to Begin, talk & workshop, Enjoy Gallery
, Wellington, New Zealand
Artist-Run and Barely Running, panel discussion, Melanie Oliver, Sophie Giblin, Jay Hutchinson and Sonya Lacey on
, Wellington, New Zealand
Move With It, talk and workshops, Shift, Wellington Youth Club, New Zealand



2016

End of Year Key Note Speaker, St Josephs’ School, Reading
Fast Art, talk & workshops, Brighton Museum, Brighton Digital Festival
 Fast Art, talk & workshop, White Night, Reading

Fast Art, workshop, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

Enterprise Delivery, talk & workshop, Slough Fast Art, workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

Entrepreneurial Spark, key note speaker, Brighton University
Deep Pockets and Long Lists, talk, Kollektiv
, Brighton
Side Hustles, talk, Brighton University
Fast Art, workshop, Lighthouse Arts, Brighton

2015

How to: Pop-Up Spaces & Crowdfunding, talk and workshop, Old School House, Bournemouth

Fast Art, workshop, Brighton University
Series of talks and workshops, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Art at Work, Brighton

Hustle the Arts, talk, Global Entrepreneur Week, Westminster Business school, London
Guest Speaker, Entrepreneur for Creatives Short Course, Central St Martins

, London

2014

Taking the First Risk, talk, Brighton university

Grassroots Fever, talk & workshop, University of Ipswich

Turn Nothing into Something, talk & workshop, Sittingbourne Council

Somewhereto, panel discussion featuring Andrew Sleigh, Paul Corcoran, Seb Lee-Delisle, Sophie Giblin and Al Hodgson, Brighton Dome

We Are Pop Up, talk
, Brighton
Bflat, assistant artist workshop leader, Suffolk School

Post Graduation, talk, Brighton University

How To Set Up a Gallery, talk, Kollektiv Gallery, Brighton

Pecha Kucha, talk, Brighton

BIG, talk, Brighton

Fast Art workshop with Black Cat Press, Brighton Youth Centre

How to Make a Living as an Artist, talk, University of Southhampton

Use What You Have, talk, Fusebox Business School, Brighton



2013
I Want Your Advice, talk, Etsy, Brighton

Fast Art, workshop, Fusebox, Brighton

Humming, workshop, The Wild School
, Brighton


PUBLISHING


Since 2014 I have published over 197 picture interviews on Kollekitv Gallery. I ask 10 questions and artists respond visually. This method of networking and publicity compliments my curatorial relationship with artists, a way for artists to develop their visual practice as well as have an onloien item to share on their website.

Jordana Bragg, multi-disciplinary artists based in New Zealand, Concentrating on the metaphysics of love and loss, their practice discloses a characteristically dangerous personal and universal sense of vulnerability, informed by wider research around issues of identity and gender fluidity. Bragg is co-founder of the artist run initiatives Meanwhile (NZ) and Friends are Artists/Freunde sind Künstler (DE).


Jordana Bragg

Jordana Bragg, “What do you fight for?” 2016 interview, Kollektiv

Alicia King is an interdisciplinary artist from Melbourne Australia, her practice explores contemporary and cultural relationships with technology. She responds to today’s global engagement with technology that eternally places humans on the brink of the future. King examines tools of biological technologies to understand perspectives of the human body as a conceptually loaded, complex and raw material.
Jordana Bragg

Alicia King, “Is objectivity a myth?” 2017 interview, Kollektiv

AWARDS


2018 Hayward Gallery VE team won Launch of the Year at Visitor Experience Forum Awards

2016 Theremin received an honourable mention from Awwwards

2016 BlokDust won FWA’s site of the day



2014 I was titled Most Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the South East, England and became a National Finalist. This was awarded by Google and VInspired, London. The UK’s Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas nominated me for this award and also became Kollektiv Gallery’s supportive patron.


TRAINING

2018
Certified ScrumMaster Training - Adventures with Scrum, Scrum Alliance
Public Speaking and Tour Guide Training - Hayward Gallery
Public Speaking, TheatreWorks, National Theatre
Counter Terrorism Evacuation - Hayward Gallery

Diversity and Communication - Hayward Gallery

First Aid Training - Cycling Grants Hackney London


Safeguarding - National Citizen Service

EDUCATION

2017

Te Reo Maori Language - Intensive Wananga, Wellington Education Centre

, NZ

2016

Digital Photography - Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, London

2015

Platforms Residency - Lighthouse Arts, Brighton

The FuseBox - Wired Sussex Business Residency, Brighton


Entrepreneurship for Creatives - Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London



2014

Entrepreneurship for Creatives - Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London

2010 - 2013

Performance and Visual Art (Music) - 1st Class Honours Degree
, University of Brighton 


2008 - 2010

Fabric Design, Distinction
 - Reading College School of Art

Fashion Design - Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, London

2007
Art Foundation, Merit
 - Reading College School of Art, Reading

Lines on arm

Self Portrait by Sophie Giblin, 2013