Curator in residence
Cecelia Graham and Grace Jackson, 2021.22; Jane Morrow, 2018.19; Mirjami Schuppert, 2016.17; Household, 2014.14; Ursula Burke, 2012.13; Prime Collective, 2012.13; about curating, 2011
June 2011 - December 2023
Our 'curators in residence' for 2021/22 are Cecelia Graham and Grace Jackson. They are collaborative
curatorial duo, who develop and research kind-hearted and vulnerable approaches
to artistic-curatorial relationships. As curators, Cecelia and Grace value
communal learning and seek alternatives to outcome orientated structures. Their
research unpacks cliched notions of ‘care’ in order to find sincerity and
honesty within organisational structures. Through events, workshops, research
and the creation of informal dialogues, the pair will establish alternative
methods of supporting and advocating for a community of artists within the arts
ecology of Northern Ireland and beyond.
About the 'curator in residence' programme
This one year long curatorial residency provides an emerging curator/s a space
and facilities to research and develop ideas and projects, supported by PS².
Based in our office, the curator(s) in residence can pursue his/her/their own
work and is encouraged to add and interfere with our existing programme with
additional activities: talks, reading groups, presentations, critique,
alternatives or short projects. At a later stage, the curator(s) in residence
will have the opportunity to curate and organise one major project for PS².
This is the 7th curator in residence series, which started in 2011 as a three week-long research project with 9 artists/curators. It was followed by 1 year residencies of the PRIME collective (2012/13); Ursula Burke (2013/14); Household collective (2014/15); Mirjami Schuppert (2016/17) and 2019/20 Jane Morrow. The curatorial duo of Cecelia Graham and Grace Jackson are the 'curators in residence' for 2021/22.
The programme offers a chance to work closely with an arts organisation and to gain practical experience, supported by project artists, the Freelands curator and PS². At the same time, the curator in residence can develop independent curatorial research and new projects, supported by the organsiation. For PS² this is a great opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, fresh approaches, new networks and critique.
So far, the
curator/s in residence have held peer reviews and reading circles, cooked,
realised full-blown project in PS² and elsewhere, stored their bikes,
established new orders, linked us up with new artists, curators and
participants, founded their own CIC, cut doors in walls, brought a new
microwave, expanded our network and library and stirred up the place and our
The new curator/s in residence may follow this path or come up with very different strategies and ideas. It is up to the new resident/s, how much he/ she /they will use the space, from every day to periodically, but we wish for an engaged and open commitment.
The curator in residence series is seen as an important professional development programme parallel to the professional and creative career programme for emerging artists of the Freelands Artist Programme 2018-2023.