Artists' and curators' days

AITO curators day, Nina Pope talk. Photo: Jes FernieNina Pope talk at What Will the Harvest Be?, curators' day 9 September 2010. Photo: Jes Fernie

Our pioneering forums for curators and artists began in 2010. 


Folkestone Triennial, 8 September 2011, Folkestone, Kent: Curated by Andrea Schlieker, the second Folkestone Triennial included works by nineteen acclaimed and emerging artists from the UK and abroad.

Talks and tours of the commissioned works were led by curator Andrea Schlieker and artists Smadar Dreyfuss and AK Dolven.


Art in the Olympic Park, 7 June 2011, London: An event for curators and arts sector peers to look at the art commissioning programme for the Olympic Park. The event was part of our research for 'Square pegs and round holes: a report on the ODA Arts and Culture programme' (see toolkits and publications).

It included a tour of the Olympic Park and talks by two artists involved in the ODA's programme, Simon Pope and Neville Gabie. A broad range of artists including Carsten Nicolai, Monica Bonvicini, DJ Simpson, Martin Richman and Nina Pope / Karen Guthrie have been commissioned to make work for the Park.


Wonders of Weston, 6 December 2010, Spike Island, Bristol, and Weston-super-Mare: Wonders of Weston is a new programme of permanently-sited public artworks developed as part of the national Sea Change initiative, funded by CABE on behalf of the DCMS and managed by North Somerset Council. The programme was produced by Situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol, in association with Field Art Projects.

Talks and tours of the commissioned works were led by Claire Doherty, Director of Situations at UWE, Theresa Bergne Director of Field Art Projects, and artist Stephen Hodge, from Wrights & Sites.


Big Rock Candy Fountain, 2 December 2010, Archway, London: This session focused on David Batchelor’s new work for Archway town centre, commissioned by AIR (Archway Investigations and Responses), a projects studio based at Byam Shaw School of Art.

David discussed his work and the experience of working in Archway, while Anna Hart from Byam Shaw gave an overview of AIR’s approach to commissioning, teaching and research in Archway.

Find out more about AIR's Alight programme in the case study of another Alight commission, by artist Jane Watt.


East London commissions: London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park, View Tube and What Will the Harvest Be?, 9 September 2010, London: A plethora of regeneration schemes, masterplanning programmes and art commissioning projects are currently being developed in East London in preparation for the Games and as part of their long-term legacy. This day focused on three projects currently taking place.

Curators Alice Sharp from View Tube and Adriana Marques, from the Olympic Delivery Authority, gave presentations at the View Tube, followed by a walking tour and talk from artist Nina Pope of the commission What Will the Harvest Be?See the related London project on WWTHB.