As part of its Salon 19 programme, which makes space for shared learning, this spring Bloc is hosting Curatorial Insights. The trio of sessions will profile curatorial thinking, attempting to offer an urgent demystification of the role of curator and their capacity within the broader arts ecology.
Session two will feature the work and experience of Laura Clarke, the curator at S1 Artspace here in Sheffield, alongside Zoë Sawyer, Offsite Curator at Eastside Projects in Birmingham.
Laura Clarke is Curator at S1 Artspace, Sheffield. She is interested the ways in which organisations can provide supportive infrastructures for artists’ practices outside of the exhibition format, how long-term or collaborative projects can be sustained and how to make visible the affective and social labour of artists and art workers. She was previously Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Centre and Nottingham Contemporary. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2012 with an MA in Curating Contemporary Art, having originally studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent (2005-2008).
Zoë Sawyer is currently the Offsite Curator at Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Her role is develop their public programmes such as Park Life in Banbury. Alongside working on commissions, solo and large-scale group exhibitions, with prominent artists such as Rehana Zaman, Lubaina Himid, and Simeon Barclay, Zoë has over ten years’ experience of working within both small and large-scale organisations. Most recently as Curator at Project Space Leeds and The Tetley (Leeds), throughout its transition into a nationally recognised Arts Council England NPO. Independently, she initiated theartmarket & Kunstfreund gallery (Leeds, 2006-2012) and is co-founder and director of practitioner-led collective Mexico, who have produced projects at Focal Point Gallery (2015), The Harris Museum (2015), Eastside Projects (2014) and Two Queens (2013).