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George Vasey


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Personal profile

Academic Biography

I am a curator and writer with 15 years experience working across museums and galleries. Since 2008, I have curated over 50 exhibitions across the academic, public and commercial sector. My writing on art, museum culture and heritage is regularly published in magazines, periodicals and books. 


As a curator I support artists in making ambitious new work, connecting artists and communities and artistic thinking to social and historical contexts. Through my writing I am interested in linking art to broader fields of knowledge, including economics, psychology and politics. Writing is where I think and curating is where I do – enacting the values that I explore through my writing. I originally studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art and Newcastle University before undertaking an MA in Curating at Goldsmiths. My background as an artist informs the way I work as a curator, in which I am committed to supporting artists holistically and long term. I also see curating as a deeply creative practice and view my work as a form of interdisciplinary storytelling – synthesising diverse forms of knowledge and experiences to create accessible and inclusive narratives. 


I believe that a curator’s responsibility reaches far beyond exhibition-making. Having grown up in a working-class background, I want to share my experiences and skills through mentorship and coaching. I teach across BA and MA programmes and regularly work with organisations committed to early career artists, curators and writers. 


Recent curated projects include: ”Forecast” with Invisible Dust,Royal Docks (2023) “Commoning the Collection" at Leeds Art Gallery (2021-22), "In the Air" co-curated with Emily Sargent (2022), "Joy & Tranquillity" co-curated with Laurie Britton Newell (2021) touring to German Hygiene Museum (2023), "Misbehaving Bodies: Oreet Ashery and Jo Spence" co-curated with Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz (2019) at Wellcome Collection, and "The Everyday Political" at Southwark Park Galleries (2018). I was co-curator on Turner Prize at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2017) and have previously worked for Newcastle University, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in curatorial roles. I am a Trustee at New Contemporaries, Artist Advisor for Jerwood Arts and a member of AICA-UK, International Association of Art Critics.


Summary of Research Interests

-Museum and exhibition histories. 

-Experimental and interdisplinary approaches to curating. 

-Art criticism & art writing. 

-Emerging artistic practice. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Curating , Goldsmiths, University of London

Sept 2011Jun 2013

Award Date: 30 Jun 2013

Bachelor, Fine Art , Newcastle University

Sept 2000Jun 2004

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

Foundation Art & Design , Falmouth University

Sept 1999Jun 2000

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

External positions

Trustee, New Contemporaries

1 Dec 2016 → …

Member, Association of International Art Critics

1 Dec 2012 → …