Photo: Benjamin McMahon
Friday 15th April 2016 at 1.00pm
Lecture Theatre SB42
Garthdee House Annexe
Niamh White is an independent visual arts and fashion curator working in London. She will be speaking about her current social responsibility projects including Spinning Yarns, a portable exhibition commissioned by the London College of Fashion to travel to audiences in hard to reach places. The exhibition features work by Faustine Steinmetz and Phoebe English who hand spin and weave many of the fabrics that are used in their designs. The display will demonstrate how the decoration, shape and form of each of their garments arises from the qualities of the textiles they develop. She will also speak about Hospital Rooms, a new initiative co founded with artist Tim A Shaw that commissions contemporary artists to renovate mental health wards in NHS hospitals. The first project will take place in a special rehabilitation unit for individuals who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Niamh will also elaborate on some of the multi-disciplinary projects that she has curated. These include The Pierrot Project, which programmes exhibitions and events that showcase the collaborative work of pairs of visual artists and composers, and Papaver Rhoeas, a Wellcome Trust funded project by artist Paddy Hartley who collaborated with scientists at King’s College London to create poppy sculptures crafted from lamb’s heart tissue. These artworks have been on display in 11 museums including Kew Gardens, Freud Museum, Firepower: Royal Artillery Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum during November 2015.
Niamh was Curator of Exhibitions at SHOWstudio from 2011-2015 and will speak about the various gallery and online projects that she programmed there. These include Splash, a live streamed residency with Iris van Herpen, Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, the SHOWcabinet series of exhibitions for which creatives such as Shaun Leane, Anj Smith and Noritaka Tatehana filled a custom built curiosity cabinet with objects that have inspired their work, and Bound, a gallery exhibition with accompanying online content that examined the ability of prosthetics to adorn, equip and enhance the body.