Research Curators

Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator, writer, researcher and producer based in London, working between Europe and Asia. She founded the curatorial partnership, Something Human, in 2012, to focus on her interests in the critical ideas and explorations surrounding movement across borders. In partnership with institutions like the Barbican, South London Gallery, Iniva, Live Art Development Agency, Something Human has delivered projects in the UK, Rome, Venice, Belgrade, Skopje, Lisbon and in Singapore. In 2016, she completed a self-initiated curatorial research residency in Cambodia, with the support of the Artists International Development Fund and the National Arts Council Singapore. This generated the collection of interviews and digital materials that would form a significant part of the 2017 M.A.P. (Movement x Archive x Performance) project that extended across multiple sites with a programme of live performance in collaboration with Diaspora Pavilion/International Curators Forum in Venice, an artist residency exploring Vietnamese diaspora in London, and a programme of performances, panels and presentations that mark the launch of the landmark Southeast Asian Performance Archive that will be accessible at the Live Art Development Agency in London. From 2016-17 She was also selected for the International Curators Forum’s curatorial programme, “Beyond the Frame”, and also conceived and driven forward the launch of SEA Currents, a new platform for Southeast Asian arts in London.

Cairo Clarke is an independent curator and writer. Currently she is assisting the director of Kunstraum, London. In July Cairo curated Act 1, Part II as part of Art Night 17’s Associate Programme in East London, and completed a residency at Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Guest Projects in March 2017. Alongside of this she has spoken as part of Tate Modern’s Women in Art symposium, Shezine’s Navigating the Art World panel discussion and written for Arcadia Missa and Studio 1.1 as well as hosting artist talks for Century Club and House of Vans. Cairo graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in MA Curating and Collections in 2016 and co-curated the TPS x Bold Tendencies summer programme that the same year. 

Daniel Sean Kelly is an artist and co-director of Two Queens, an artist run gallery and studios based in Leicester’s cultural quarter. Working largely in painting, printmaking and ceramics, his work as an artist seeks to create a speculative space for the imagining of other realities – a science fictional universe comprised only of objects existing in the
world up to this point. In 2016 he held a solo exhibition at Trade Gallery, Nottingham and has an upcoming show at Xero Kline and Coma, London. He is a recent graduate of the free, alternative postgraduate programme ‘The School of the Damned’.

George Vasey is a curator and writer. He is currently curator of the Turner Prize 2017 at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and a curatorial fellow at Newcastle University. From 2014 to 2016 he was curator at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. His writing has appeared in Art Monthly, Art Review, Frieze and Kaleidoscope and in 2013 was the writer in residence at Jerwood Space, London. From 2016 to 2017 he worked alongside Milly Thompson as lead mentor on Syllabus II, a peer led learning programme for 10 artists run by New Contemporaries, Eastside projects, Wysing Art Centre, Studio Voltaire, S1 ArtSpace and Spike Island. Recent exhibitions include ‘These Rotten Words’ at Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff and ‘Eric Bainbridge: Drawings 1981-2016’ at Workplace gallery, London (both 2017).

James Ravinet is Assistant Curator at Focal Point Gallery  in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He also curates Big Screen Southend, a programme of moving image screened in the public realm with recent projects including the ‘A Retreat in Time’, the ‘EYECATCHER’ series, and ’Maximum Overdrive’. Independent projects include ‘Migrating Origins’ and ‘Institute for the Recognition of Peripheral Interests’ (co-curated with Warren Harper), a research-led project working with marginalised communities relative to the impact of nuclear power. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2016 and recently participated in a residency programme with Arts Catalyst and non-profit organisation S-AIR in Hokkaido, Japan, to research nuclear power and alternative energies.

Tamar Clarke-Brown (b. 1990) is a London based freelance curator, critic and creator. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London (2016). Her interdisciplinary practice is focused on experimental futurisms, digital culture, representation and the black diaspora. Tamar is developing new, open and playful projects for the digital age, with the potential for greater connectivity, access and critical investigation through the creative use of technology. Tamar has worked with institutions including Serpentine Galleries, Autograph ABP and Bard Berlin and she regularly contributes to platforms including AQNB and Screen Shot Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include embassyHACK at the Government Art Collection (2016) and #BlackmendreamLDN  at Buster Mantis (2016), which extended through a digital zine. Tamar co-founded the collective Betababes, with Francesca Altamura (b.1990, New York), which focuses on experimental digital publishing projects, launching with Crossing Wires in October 2017 via the IsThisIt? platform. She also runs CBT with artist Isaac Karikui (b.1992, Nairobi), a faux-digital startup combining braiding and coding with presentations at Tate Britain and Protein Studios in Autumn 2017.

Ying Tan is currently the curator at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), where she is in charge of the annual programme of exhibitions, public programme, as well as national and international touring shows. She has curated numerous exhibitions in CFCCA, in addition to many other off-site projects in London and internationally. This includes the co-commission of Haze & Fog with Cao Fei (2013), as well as UK premiers of What Happened in the Year of the Dragon (2014) with Sun Xun and Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground (2003-present). She is a visiting lecturer for Christie’s Education (UK) and a contributor to KALEIDOSCOPE Asia Magazine. She was also on the curatorial faculty for Liverpool Biennial 2016. Other recent projects include: Amphibia, (Centre A, Vancouver, Canada Sept 2017), Floating Cinema (UP Projects, London July 2014), Asia Triennial Manchester (UK, July 2014) as well as Curating each other (Connecting Space, Hong Kong March 2016).

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