Curatorial development in Scotland

Shireen Taylor

Shireen Taylor set up The Hidden Noise curatorial project in 2012 with London-based curator Sandra Ross, organising 3 exhibitions and associated events in Glasgow and one in London over a 5-month period. The approach was to investigate artists working across specialisms, particularly the connections between fashion and craft, music and film, showing work by Sophie Macpherson, Clare Stephenson, Colin Self, Kenneth Anger, Austin Osman Spare, Victoria Morton, Anni Albers and Rose Kallal among others. She since worked with the Tender Bar on an informal performance program.

The Hidden Noise has recently resurfaced, having collaborated with Fritz Welch for a one-off event at the CCA, featuring Rose Kallal, Phosphene and Cru Servers and an exhibition for GI 2016 with Baldvin Ringsted and Otto Piene.

The interest in curating comes from the opportunity for Shireen to immerse herself in another’s practice, to diversify lines of research and respond to an artist’s ideas as they develop. As a practising artist, it can be difficult to separate another’s creative process from her own, and there is a danger of overreaching her function, or misdirecting a project because of this. This tension is of key importance, informing a growing understanding of the ways an artist and curator can work together.

Having had the benefit of working alongside a curator to establish the Hidden Noise, she is now taking it forward as a broader collaborative project.

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