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George Vasey

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George Vasey is a curator and writer. Since 2008, he has curated over 50 exhibitions across the academic, public and commercial sector. He has curated large-scale historic groups exhibitions, solo projects, radio shows, residencies, books and conferences. His writing on art, museum culture and heritage is regularly published in magazines, journals and books. 

 

Recent research has explored football fandom, the history of happiness, representations of illness, the politics of air and the psychology of apocalypse narratives. While his output and thematic interests can be manifold, he sees curating as a deeply creative practice and views his work as a form of interdisciplinary storytelling – synthesising diverse forms of knowledge and experiences to create accessible and inclusive narratives. He is invested in the civic potential of museums and galleries as vehicles for co-produced multi-modal narratives.

 

As a curator he supports artists to make ambitious new work, connecting artists and communities and artistic thinking to social and historical contexts. Through his writing he links art to broader fields of knowledge, including economics, psychology and politics. He originally studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art and Newcastle University before undertaking an MA in Curating at Goldsmiths. His background as an artist informs the way he works as a curator, in which he is committed to supporting artists and communities holistically and long term.

 

He believes that a curator’s responsibility reaches far beyond exhibition-making. Having grown up in a working-class background, he shares his experiences and skills through teaching, mentorship and coaching. He teaches widely on BA and MA programmes across the UK and regularly works 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). He was Co-Curator on Turner Prize at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2017) and has previously worked for Newcastle University (2016-18), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2017) and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (2014-16) in curatorial roles.

He is a Trustee at New Contemporaries (2016-) and a member of AICA-UK, International Association of Art Critics (2013-). He is a Writer in Residence at Intoart (2021-24) and has previously undertaken writing residencies with Jerwood Arts and Arts & Heritage. He completed the Clore Leadership Pulse programme in 2022. 

 

 

Summary of Research Interests

-Museum and exhibition histories. 

-Experimental and interdisplinary approaches to exhibitions and collections.

-Inclusive and accessible practice in curating.  

-Art criticism & art writing. 

-Emerging artistic, curatorial and writing practice. 

Academic Biography

I have taught across Fine Art, Museum Studies and Curating Programmes at BA, MA and PhD levels across the UK. I was a Teaching Fellow in Curating at Newcastle University (2016-18) and have delivered programmes and talks for: Falmouth College of Art, Sunderland University, Leicester University, Durham University, Northumbria University, Goldsmiths, Royal College of Art, Oxford Ruskin, Leeds Beckett, Central Saint Martins, Manchester School of Art, UCA Farnham and Teesside University. 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

-Module lead across postgraduate curating, including apprenticeship provision and advanced practice routes. 

-Lead on intensive week activity and programming. 

-Pastoral and academic support via personal tutoring. 

-Have taught across BA, MA & PhD as a visiting lecturer at universities across the UK. 

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

PhD, PHD By Completed Works: Creative and Inclusive Approaches to Co-Produced Storytelling in Exhibitions, Teesside University

1 Jul 2023 → …

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PgCLTHE), Teesside University

1 Jul 2023 → …

External positions

Trustee, Tees Valley Arts

1 Jun 20171 Jun 2021

Trustee, New Contemporaries

1 Dec 2016 → …

Advisor , Jerwood Arts

1 Oct 20151 Oct 2023

Member, Association of International Art Critics

1 Dec 2012 → …

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