This month I chatted to Glasgow-based independent curator Nikki Kane about her PhD, online art festivals, social capital, exhibition openings, care, responsibility and labour in curating, saunas and artist residencies, teaching and decolonising the curriculum during Covid, and Rishi Sunak's suggestion that we should all get another job...
Happy October! xx
Nikki Kane is an independent curator and a current PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art. Her AHRC-funded research centres on the role of festivals in contemporary art careers, and is undertaken in partnership with Glasgow International and Edinburgh Art Festival. In 2019, she worked in the visual arts department at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA. Nikki has participated in in CuratorLab 2016-17 and Curatorial Studio 2017-18. She was the Curator-in-Residence at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow in 2017, and was on the committee at Market Gallery, Glasgow in 2014-16. Nikki is a co-founder and director of Common Ground, a platform through which she has facilitated artist residencies in the Scottish Highlands.
Nikki's website - http://www.nikkikane.co.uk/
Basin Bathhouse Project with Clara Weale - https://www.instagram.com/basinbathhouse/
The Biennial Reader, Intro - https://www.hatjecantz.de/files/9783775726108_06.pdf
RAQS Media Collective - https://works.raqsmediacollective.net/
Common Ground Projects and Residencies - http://commongroundprojects.org/
Culture is bad for you: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries, Orian Brook, Dave O'Brien and Mark Taylor - https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526144164/
Working Aesthetics: Labour, Art and Capitalism, Danielle Child - https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/working-aesthetics-9781350022393/
Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, Julia Bryan-Wilson - https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520269750/art-workers
Art in the Making: Artists and Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing, Glenn Adamson - https://www.glennadamson.com/work/2017/7/31/art-in-the-making14:00 - 15:00