Kerry Campbell is a curator and Royal College of Art graduate, who until very recently had been living and working primarily in Luton Town. Campbell's curatorial practice is informed by her academic interests in the history of social class, diversifying arts engagement and exhibition innovation. The completion of an alternative free Arts MA with School of the Damned (2014-'15) catalysed a further academic interest in the potential of horizontal, peer led alternative pedagogy.
Campbell currently also works as the Public Programmes Curator, for Bloc Projects, Sheffield.
Campbell is the founder and director of TMT Projects.
SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS
‘Collision’ (2017), A two part project co-produced with dancer Julia Cheng, facilitating and celebrating diverse multidisciplinary collaboration hosted at The Bear Club, Luton with a second iteration at Guest Projects, London, featuring painters, ceramicists, musicians, dancers and vocalists.
‘Open House’ (2017), A dynamic two day project, across four floors at Delfina Foundation, London, boasting an exhibition of new commissions by 10 internationally based artists alongside a programme of talks and live performances.
‘Bute Mills Heritage Project’ (2017), A Heritage Lottery Funded project in partnership with Luton’s largest youth charity; ‘Youthscape’, exploring and re-presenting the heritage of Bute Mills and the surrounding area through collaborating with artists and young people.
‘Scott Kings Book Launch: Public Art’ (2016), An evening of performances and commissioned works at George II Pub, Luton to celebrate the launch of artist’s Scott King’s new book; ‘Public Art’.
‘GobCentre’ (2016), curatorial collaboration with artist Emily Pope, exploring creative unemployment and work/life precarity, as part of ACE funded Sunridge Avenue Projects, Luton.
Lockjaws* Magazine (2015), printed Zine curatorial platform feature, Bristol.
‘Blue Plaque commissioning project’, (2015) ongoing project commissioning ceramic blue plaques from artist Carrie Reichardt, presented to local heroes, Arts Council funded, Luton.
‘Reflex’ (2015) Second instalment of a successful ACE grant, showcasing the work of Stoke based sculptors Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson, within an empty Shop unit in the Town Centre, Luton.
‘The Generation Game’ (2015), Exhibition part of a successful Arts Council grant for 3 major curatorial projects in Luton, representing both local and regional young talent as part of an extensive period of personal research and professional development across the UK.
‘The Common’ (2014) presentation of 15 artists’ work, exploring themes of ‘commons’ and social class, funded by Luton Culture and Luton Council at The Freeholder Pub, Luton.
‘The Midas Touch’ (2013) presentation of 22 local artists and dancers, exploring themes of cultural economy, funded by the Co-operative Community Fund at Edge Nightclub, Luton.
'Curatorial Networks' keynote lecture for Reading International, November 2017 (upcoming).
‘Curatorial Open Exchange’ with artist George Eksts @ Delfina Foundation, May 2017.
‘Artists Manifestos’ @ Camberwell University, March 2015.
‘Making It: Careers in art and Design’ @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London, December 2014.
‘Afterlife’ @ Reading University, November 2014.
‘RESEARCH IS CRISIS’ on behalf of ‘School of the Damned’ @ Five Years Gallery, London, October 2014.
‘Life after BA – alternative education and entrepreneurial spirit’ (panel discussion with Elizabeth Price) @ Ruskin College, Oxford, May 2014.
‘A Fine Art Degree, will I ever practice?’ (East London Fawcett panel discussion) @ Richmix Studios, Shoreditch, January 2014.
'SnakeHorseGoatMonkey' @ Guest Projects, as part of the 'AntiUniversity' programme, May 2016
'Sorry about last night' @ The Washington, curated by 'It's all Tropical' as part of 'Art Sheffield', May 2016
'Trace Programme' @ Flo Skate Park, Nottingham, February 2016
'The Others' Art Fair, Turin, Italy, with Millington ll Marriott, November 2015
'PROBLEMS' (group exhibition) @ Horse Hospital, London, February 2015
‘PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTOS’ (group exhibition) @ Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, January 2015
‘SOTD X STCFTHOTS’ (group exhibition) @ STCFTHOTS, Leeds, December 2014
‘Freekin Weekend Show’ (group exhibition) @ Milcote House, Elephant & Castle, London, November 2014
‘SOTD- Interim Show’ (group exhibition) @ Five Years Gallery, London Fields, October 2014
‘Paint Up – Not for the stuck up’ (collaborative exhibition) @ ‘Indo’ Bar, East London, February 2013
‘Womb Academy’ (group exhibition) @ ‘Meanwhile Space’, Stoke Newington, April 2013
‘Secrets’ (group exhibition) @ Market Place, Reading Town Centre February, 2010
2016 ~ Curatorial Course @ Reading University, Fine Art dept.
Current ~ Public Programmes Curator, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
Education Assistant @ Victoria & Albert Museum
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
2015 ~ Royal College of Art
Curating Contemporary Art MA
2014-2015 School of the Damned
2009-2012 The University of Reading
Fine art Degree