Approved: 02.04.2014

Anneka French

Art historian, Critic, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Writer

Approved: 02.04.2014

Following my BA in Fine Art, I worked in the curatorial department of a number of major galleries in London and the West Midlands contributing to contemporary and modern exhibitions and publications. I have also worked as a curator for the Lincoln Art Programme, a nomadic live art and performance commissioning organisation based in the city of Lincoln.

Independently I have curated projects including

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Biography

Following my BA in Fine Art, I worked in the curatorial department of a number of major galleries in London and the West Midlands contributing to contemporary and modern exhibitions and publications. I have also worked as a curator for the Lincoln Art Programme, a nomadic live art and performance commissioning organisation based in the city of Lincoln. Independently I have curated projects including several series of public intervention works, and non-gallery group exhibitions addressing ideas of collection and exploration. Most recently I curated a five day festival of playful and political artists’ interventions and performances in Birmingham city centre. As a writer I have written exhibition reviews and essays for publications including Artists’ Newsletter (a-n), this is tomorrow and Photomonitor. I recently gave public lectures on the notion of the contemporary, and the relationship between text and image at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and on critical writing and reviewing exhibitions to BA Fine Art students at School Of Art at Birmingham City University. My paper on the night as explored by contemporary artists was presented at the conference Twice Upon a Time: Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design 2014. My current research interests include exploring the performativity of writing, the links between photography, performance and the gaze, and the artists' archive/museum, ideas I am exploring as part of my MA History of Art and Design.

CV & Education

Anneka French is a writer and curator specialising in visual art based in Birmingham. She has curated a number of independent contemporary projects and worked for the exhibitions department at Tate Modern providing curatorial support for the exhibitions Per Kirkeby and Theo Van Doesburg. Anneka was previously Assistant Curator at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, working on a range of contemporary, modern and historical exhibition and collections projects, and was co-founder and co-director director of the Lincoln Art Programme, a live art commissioning organisation delivering a range of off-site projects. She writes for several contemporary art and culture publications, and has experience of developing and facilitating public programme events including seminars, panel discussions and workshops for a range of audiences. She is currently an MA candidate in History of Art and Design at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, fully funded through the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest.

 

Independent Curatorial Projects

2014
The Artists' Archive online group exhibition, winner of Axis MA Curated Selection Prize
2013 
things that seem to happen by chance group exhibition, Birmingham City Centre
2011 
The Fall of the Majestic Elk Dean Melbourne & Chantal Powell, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2010 
Important Artefacts group exhibition curated for Arc, The Vaults, Birmingham (pub.)
Interventions Part 2: Pallet Palette Andrew Bracey & John O'Hare, The Collection; Wolverhampton  Art Gallery; Cornerhouse and IKON (pub.)
Meleager's Garland group exhibition, Joseph Banks Conservatory, Lincoln (pub.
2009
Art-Jacking, panel discussion, University of Lincoln (pub.)
Interventions Part 1: Dispersal group exhibition, various locations (pub.)
Milee the Sheep & her Animal Orchestra, Feng-Ru Lee, The Collection, Lincoln   
My Dad’s Strip Club, series of live interventions, various locations, Lincoln (pub.)
One Rebecca Wombell, Coldharbour Projects, London


Published Writing

2014  
Body/Building, Emily Speed, Photomonitor, essay (forthcoming)
Better the Rebel You Know, Clifford Owens, Photomonitor, exhibition review (forthcoming)
On the Verge of Photography, Photomonitor, book review (forthcoming)                            Pigdogandmonkeyfestos, this is tomorrow, group exhibition review
Artist statement, Elizabeth Edge, published on artist’s website
The Dark River, David Rowan, this is tomorrow, solo exhibition review
Reactor Halls E07, this is tomorrow, performance review
Home, Hetain Patel, Photomonitor, solo exhibition review
Dialogues, Chiharu Shiota, this is tomorrow, solo exhibition review
2013  
David Tremlett, this is tomorrow, solo exhibition review
Peter Dreher, this is tomorrow, solo exhibition review
Slap Talk, Action Hero, Fierce Festival, this is tomorrow, performance review
3 am: wonder, paranoia & the restless night, this is tomorrow, group exhibition review
Beyond Surface and Material, Photomonitor,  group exhibition review
Reference Works, Photomonitor,  group exhibition review
The Magic Know-How,  Laura Buckley, this is tomorrow, solo exhibition review
The Hecklers, this is tomorrow, group exhibition review
Gunilla Klingberg: Parallelareal Variable, this is tomorrow, solo exhibition review
Serpentine Pavilion, Sou Fujimoto, this is tomorrow, solo exhibition review
The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, this is tomorrow, group exhibition review
2012                     
Conjunction 12, awarded a-n Interface/ Airspace Gallery bursary, biennial review
Corridor Plateau II, POV magazine online, group exhibition review             
Danny Aldred, Kokomi, Look Like Love, Plog Magazine, introductions to interviews
Eyeball Massage, Pipilotti Rist, a-n magazine, solo exhibition review
The Invisible Show, Brian Griffiths, Candid Magazine, Issue 3, solo exhibition review
Lurking with Intent, Kirsty E. Smith, Conjunction Zine Issue 1, essay
Molly Rooke, Plog Magazine, essay
The Sculptural Assemblages of Samantha Donnelly, Candid Magazine,  essay
Stirring the Swarm, Anna Collette Hunt, Plog Magazine, Issue 4, solo exhibition review   
Topophobia, awarded a-n Interface/ Bluecoat Gallery bursary, group exhibition review
2011                      
Artist statement, Pamela Schilderman, published on artist’s website
2010                     
Inventions of the Mind
, Kirsty E. Smith, exhibition essay
 

Talks and Lectures

2014  
3am: Terrors, Revels and Exhilarations, Twice Upon a Time: Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses conference, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (forthcoming)                    
Critical Writing and Exhibition Reviews, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
The Who, What and Where of Contemporary Art, Barber Institute of Fine Arts,  Birmingham           
2013                      
Art as Text / Text as Art, Book to the Future Festival, University of Birmingham
Museums and the Media, Museum Camp Unconference, The Bond, Birmingham