Thursday, 13 November 2014

Judith King discusses her work as Co-director of Arts and Heritage

This week's studio seminar was given by Judith King, Artistic Director and contemporary art curator, initiating and devising projects and exhibitions usually for heritage organisations.

Judith began working for English Heritage in 1995, as part of a curatorial panel for Living at Belsay, refurnishing an historic house with contemporary design. Her role included finding artists, managing thirteen new contemporary design commissions and co-ordinating the loan of over sixty smaller works from artists and designers.

From being part of a curatorial panel to curating major projects for Belsay as an individual, Judith has brought together artists, designers, performers architects and fashion designers in six major commissioning exhibitions for Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens.

The approach is to address and challenge audience expectations and preconceptions by producing contemporary projects that are imaginative, engaging and encourage further investigation into context and history.

Ron Mueck

She talked most about the project, ExtraOrdinary Measures at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens which were temporarily transformed by contemporary artists.

Responding to this unique historic setting, six artists were commissioned to make new work that reflected upon scale. Curated by Judith King and project managed by Culture Creative, this sixth project at Belsay included new commissions by Ron Mueck, Mat Collishaw, Mariele Neudecker, street artist Slinkachu, Tessa Farmer and Freddie Robins.

Tessa Farmer

She then compared this experience of working on individual self-initiated projects such as The Great Boxing Booth Revival, 2012, which give her more control.

The Great Boxing Booth Revival was a contemporary boxing booth and cultural programme travelling to Northumbrian and Cumbrian fairs and fetes in 2012.

The Great Boxing Booth Revival was a Cultural Olympiad project initiated and co-curated with Harry Pearson, award winning sports journalist and writer.

In-House Films have produced three videos of the performances; The Great Boxing Booth Revival, BALTIC, County Fair and Wagon Tour.

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