Approved: 14.07.2009

Aidan Moesby

Artist, Consultant, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 14.07.2009

As an artist, curator and writer, Moesby’s work is at the intersection of the visual arts, wellbeing and increasingly, technology. Site or context-specific interventions serve as a catalyst for a socially-engaged conversation and personal or communal exploration. 

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      Artist Statement

      As an artist, curator and writer, Moesby’s work is at the intersection of the visual arts, wellbeing and increasingly, technology. Site or context-specific interventions serve as a catalyst for a socially-engaged conversation and personal or communal exploration. 

      Current work investigates the dual crises of Climate Change and Mental Health exploring the relationships between the outer physical weather and internal psycho-emotional weather.

      Curation of public events, seminars and forums to specifically engage a non-art audience and explore the work in a wider context. This diversification and cross-pollination is integral to his overall practice. 


      Moesby is concerned with language: literally in text based pieces, objects as metaphor and the emotional and psychological language of spaces and location. He regularly participates in panel discussions, presents at conferences, guest lectures, trains and facilitates groups and discussions.

      Moesby has worked, exhibited and curated nationally and internationally working with partners such as Dundee Contemporary Arts, Newcastle University, NSUN, WIP: Stockholm, The Tetley, DASH, New Media Scotland, NHS24, ANAT, Watershed, Jadraas Art and The Sick of the Fringe.

      Works a lot with Disability, Disability Arts and Inclusion in Art and cultural sttings

      CV & Education


      Selected Projects

      Apr – Aug ’14 No Time For Nostalgia – The Tetley, Leeds.
                           2 reseach residencies and a Production Residency and exhibition

      April ’14 Creative Case North R and D with ‘VARC’ funded by ACE
      April ’14 Unlimited Research and Development Award – Fragmenting The Code(x)
      Aug ’13 Project Ginsberg – Arts and Health Project. – A Reflexive Barometer for Dundee
                  Lead artist with Dundee Contemporary Arts working with New Media Scotland

      Jun’13 Full Circle Arts – Digital Commission

      Oct’ 12 Dundee Contemporary Arts – Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival -        Curated and introduced a film programme and facilitated associated workshops

      Sept ’12 West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds – Commissioned for the Creative Case for Diversity

      Feb ’12 Devising Psychosis – Early Intervention, Newcastle
      Self initiated and funded collaborative project. Curated a final event symposium including performance, artists, academics, philosophers and medical teams

      Sept ’11 Dundee Contemporary Arts Residency
      Exploring issues around Engagement and Disability;how people engage with a multi-functional space that is also a cultural venue. This work informed DCA’s approach to disability and engagement including staff training

      Oct '08 Mind the Gap (Mental Health)– Peoples Gallery, Discovery Museum, Newcastle.
      Member of steering committee, organising and curating exhibition Mind the Gap
      Nov '07 Royal Victoria Infirmary, Affective Disorders and Eating Disorders Unit (Newcastle)
      A self initiated residency involving a complex array of stakeholders and funding bodies. A curated exhibition from work produced: ‘Are you alright? ‘Yes, Why would I not be alright?’ shown at Bethlem Gallery (Bethlem Hospital), London

      Selected Exhibitions As Artist

      July ’14 The Tetley, Leeds. Part of A New Reality inaugural year of programming
      June ’13 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (Solo)
      Installation resulting from Creative Case for Diversity Commission
      Gateshead Library – Novel (Group)
      Washington Art Gallery – Word Cloud (Group)
      Mar ’13 Woodhorn, Outside In – Biennial of Outsider Art (Group)
      Sept’12 Perceptions of Balance (Group) – Shape Arts, Dean House Studios
      Exhibition exploring experience around equilibrium, or the lack of it.
      Dundee Contemporary Arts – Exhibition of work from Engage Everyone Residency
      Nov’11 Salisbury Art Centre (Group) ‘The View From Here’
      Sept’ 11 Project Space Leeds – Welcome to the real world. (Group)
      Mar ’10 Houses of Parliament 40th Anniversary Exhibition of Disability Act (Group)
      Aug’09 Pallant House, Chichester (Group) ‘Outside In’ Biennial of Outsider Art
      Feb’09 Royal Bethlem Hospital
      Exhibition of work created during RVI Residency (Group)

      Funding Awards

      2014 Arts Council England. Grant for the Arts Award. No Time For Nostalgia.
      Professional development around the Tetley Residency and exhibition
      2012 Arts Council England. Grants for the Arts Award. –Towards a viable future
      in Text. A research and development grant enabling me to explore my
      practice through critical conversations with arts professionals in Scandinavia
      2010 Arts Council England. ‘Momentum’ to attend the international disability arts conference in Auckland, New Zealand


      2012 Devising Psychosis, Jubilee Theatre, Newcastle. Discussing the process behind the project and performance
      2012 Engage Scotland, All Being Equal. Discussing Artist Residencies & Disability

      2012 ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ Project Space Leeds
      2011 ‘The View From Here’ Exhibition Catalogue (Disability Arts)Salisbury Arts Centre
      2010 ‘40 Years of Disability Rights: Towards Equality’ Exhibition Programme,
      Office for Disability Issues, HM Government (pg., 10, 14)

      2011 ‘Bookmarks IX’ Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West of England
      2010 ‘Have you been affected by this issue?’ Government Collection
      ‘Burn Baby Burn’ Government Collection


      2011 – Present Artist Advisory Group and Representative to the Board at The Art House, Wakefield

      Internet Links

      Oct ’95 – Oct ’97 MA Art & Psychotherapy
      Dept. Of Psychotherapeutic Studies
      Sheffield University