ICA and freelance work to 1985

ICA and freelance work to 1985

Variuos projects from when I chaired the New Contempoararies when studying at Goldsmith's College, working as Gallery Manager at the ICA to freelance curatorial work across the UK and abroad from 1980- 85. For further details click more information below.

Whilst studying Fine Art at Goldsmith's College in London I was asked to chair the New Contemporaries - a national student exhibition of Art. During my term, I initiated the first Live Art element of the show - mounted separately to the exhibition of painting and sculpture and reviewed in Studio International. This was presented at the Acme Gallery in Covent Garden (it was their second show). For the next year (1976 - 1977) I was fortunate enough to work part-time for Acme whilst completing my final year at University. This experience enabled me to successfully take up the post of Gallery Manager at the ICA a year later (1978 - 1980). During my time there I worked with a range of artists in shows curated by Sarah Kent including Andy Warhol and Christo. I left the ICA in 1980 to work as a freelance exhibitions organiser, with an office, initially at the ICA and later in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The first exhibition I organised was Art and the Sea. This was a unique project. Artists were invited through open submission to present proposals for new work for one of six national venues. Over 140 artists were selected for different exhibitions in Glasgow (The Third Eye Centre), Sunderland (NCCA), Liverpool The Bluecoat Gallery), LLandudno (Mostyn Art Gallery), Bristol (Arnolfini) and Southampton (John Hansard) Gallery). Each venue presented a different exhibition. Finally, the work of all 140 artists was brought together and shown at the ICA in London.

 

Following on from this, I organised TSWA - The National Open Art Exhibition. I established 36 collection points throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Committee (Jonathan Harvey, Tony Foster, Ron Hasleden, Sandy Nairne and Chris Welsby) raised £12,000 cash prizes sponsored by Nat West. A full hour long documentary about the exhibition was made by the project's major sponsor, TSW - Television South West. The exhibition toured to venues in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. I laid the ground work to establish TSW 3D before leaving to hand over to James Lingwood (who now runs Art Angel) and begin work in Newcastle.

Whilst studying Fine Art at Goldsmith's College in London I was asked to chair the New Contemporaries - a national student exhibition of Art. During my term, I initiated the first Live Art element of the show - mounted separately to the exhibition of painting and sculpture and reviewed in Studio International. This was presented at the Acme Gallery in Covent Garden (it was their second show). For the next year (1976 - 1977) I was fortunate enough to work part-time for Acme whilst completing my final year at University. This experience enabled me to successfully take up the post of Gallery Manager at the ICA a year later (1978 - 1980). During my time there I worked with a range of artists in shows curated by Sarah Kent including Andy Warhol and Christo. I left the ICA in 1980 to work as a freelance exhibitions organiser, with an office, initially at the ICA and later in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The first exhibition I organised was Art and the Sea. This was a unique project. Artists were invited through open submission to present proposals for new work for one of six national venues. Over 140 artists were selected for different exhibitions in Glasgow (The Third Eye Centre), Sunderland (NCCA), Liverpool The Bluecoat Gallery), LLandudno (Mostyn Art Gallery), Bristol (Arnolfini) and Southampton (John Hansard) Gallery). Each venue presented a different exhibition. Finally, the work of all 140 artists was brought together and shown at the ICA in London.

 

Following on from this, I organised TSWA - The National Open Art Exhibition. I established 36 collection points throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Committee (Jonathan Harvey, Tony Foster, Ron Hasleden, Sandy Nairne and Chris Welsby) raised £12,000 cash prizes sponsored by Nat West. A full hour long documentary about the exhibition was made by the project's major sponsor, TSW - Television South West. The exhibition toured to venues in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. I laid the ground work to establish TSW 3D before leaving to hand over to James Lingwood (who now runs Art Angel) and begin work in Newcastle.