New Ways of Seeing: Curation, Institutions & Cultural Memory

14 & 15 June 2013

John Moores University

Liverpool, UK

Past event

Working with the Royal College of Art and John Moores University in Liverpool, Autograph ABP is organising a two day conference on curation, institutions & cultural memory.

This conference will address the location and shifts in discource across the field of race and representation in the UK's cultural institutions, galleries and museums. The aim is to chart a new trajectory for debates concerning diversity politics, civil rights, economics and humanitarian concerns within cultural production.

Arts Council England have launched a number of initiatives focusing on increasing participation by minority artists and curators, from Iniva to Decibel and in 2005 the Inspire Fellowship Scheme. These initiatives were not without their critics, but the record of the Inspire initiative (2009-2012) which enabled 22 students to acquire an RCA MA in curating has been exemplary.

New Ways of Seeing will address some of the key issues to emerge from running Inspire at the RCA for both Inspire students and the participating institutions. However, rather than just ‘celebrate’ the two graduating cohorts’ undoubted success, it is crucial to have an honest debate about the impact of Inspire for visual arts communities both locally and internationally.

Please join us for what we hope will be a very a lively conference.


Time Speaker
Friday 14 June, 6 - 9pm

Artists in conversation with writer and curator Courtney J Martin, and conference reception. Participating Artists: Kader Attia, Joy Gregory and Hew Locke

Saturday 15 June, 9am - 6pm

Keynote address by Paul Gilroy, panel presentations and philosophical inquiry-based breakout sessions

In partnership with

Royal College of Art, London

The Royal College of Art is a public research university specialising in art and design.

John Moores University, Liverpool


Keynote address by

Paul Gilroy

Professor, King’s College, London

Speakers include

Elvira Dyangani Ose

Curator International Art, Tate Modern

Okwui Enwezor

Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich

Jean Fisher

Editor, writer and curator

Richard Hill

Art historian and critic, York University, Toronto

Sarat Maharaj

Writer, critic and curator

Courtney J Martin

Assistant Professor in Art History, Vanderbilt University, USA

Mark Nash

Curator and Former Head of Programme, Curating Contemporary Art, RCA

Mark Sealy

Director Autograph ABP, London

Allison Thompson

Director of Fine Arts Barbados Community College

Gaëtane Verna

Director Power Plant Gallery, Toronto


We recommend booking in advance to avoid dissapointment.

Tickets for both days £25 / £10 students and can be purchased online.

Ticket price includes: Friday reception and Saturday lunch, tea and coffee. 

Press contact

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Lois Olmstead at Autograph ABP - phone 020 7720 92200 or email

Additional Info

Liverpool John Moores University
Art & Design Academy
2 Duckinfield Street
Liverpool L3 5RD

+44 (0)151 231 2121