Curatorial development in Scotland

Cicely Farrer

Farrer (b. London, UK) is a curator and writer based in Dundee. Farrer holds a BA in History of Art from the University of Leeds and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London.

She has worked in various contexts in the UK and Europe including for the curator Grant Watson, artist Adrian Piper, Chisenhale Gallery and Thomas Dane Gallery. Since January 2014 she has worked at Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design as Curatorial Assistant.

Farrer maintains an independent curatorial and writing practice. In Winter 2014/15 she co-curated ‘Object Considerations of Contemporary Phenomena’ at MOT International Projects in London with support from Arts Council England. A collaboration with London-based curator John Bloomfield, this exhibition sought to address the politics and aesthetics of language when it fails to speak, exhibiting newly commissioned and existing works across sculpture, textiles, moving-image, installation, cinema and philosophical discussion. She recently co-curated the conversation and screening event ‘To Be or To Do, To Work and Not To Make?’ as part of Charlie Godet’s Thomas’ solo-exhibition at Glasgow’s Telfer Gallery – the first stage of her and Bloomfield’s ongoing research into self-sufficiency and autonomy.

She has written articles and reviews for publications including Frieze, ‘this is tomorrow’, Art Licks, Pearrls, Bloomsbury’s Textile, How to Sleep Faster and Generator Projects’ Publishing. See some previous projects, research and writing on her blog here:

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