Curator in residence

Clodagh Boyce, 2023.25; 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 2023-25 is Clodagh Boyce. Clodagh (they/them) is a Trini-Irish curator, multi-disciplinary artist and organiser. Inspired by the legends of the Harlem Renaissance, Afro-futurism and Irish landscapes, their heart is in making work with fellow Irish POC that centres narratives that are often in the periphery. In their current research Clodagh is exploring sound, mycelium, diaspora and cosmos. As Curator-in-residence at PS², they look forward to making a connection with different communities in the city and curating projects with an emphasis on collaboration.

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 t8h 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 were 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 dusty routines.

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.