The Falmouth Convention - speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Contributing curators and writers: Lucy R. Lippard; Max Andrews (Latitudes); Bassam el Baroni (Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum and Manifesta 8); Xavier Douroux (Le Consortium and Nouveaux Commanditaires); Tom van Gestel (Foundation for Art and Public Space, SKOR); Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery); Solveig Øvstebø (Bergen Kunsthall); Andrzej Przwyara (Foksal Gallery Foundation); Kitty Scott (Banff Centre for the Arts).

Visiting artists: Kader Attia, Adam Chodzko, Steven Claydon, Tacita Dean, Geoffrey Farmer, Simon Fujiwara, Lucy Gunning, Jeremy Millar, Paulina Olowska, Steven Rowell.

Lucy Lippard

Lucy LippardLucy R. Lippard is the author of more than twenty books (including an experimental novel) on contemporary art and culture.

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Max Andrews

Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain

Max Andrews did Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Falmouth College of Arts in 1995, before going on to the University of Brighton (BA Critical Fine Art Practice) and the Royal College of Art (MA Curating Contemporary Art). Read More

Kader Attia

Lives and works in Berlin.

Kader Attia was born in 1970 into an Algerian family in Paris. He studied both Philosophy and Fine Art in Paris and spent a year at Barcelona’s School of Applied Art in 1993. Read More

Bassam el Baroni

Lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt

Bassam el Baroni is a curator and art critic from Alexandria, Egypt. He is the co-founder and director of Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), a collectively run, non-profit art space which has been in operation since December 2005. Read More

Adam Chodzko

Lives and works in Whitstable, Kent

Born in London in 1965, Adam Chodzko initially studied History of Art at the University of Manchester (1985-88) before completing a Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London (1992-94). Read More

Steven Claydon

Lives and works in London

Steven Claydon was born in London in 1969.  His practice explores the inconsistent relationships that he identifies between writing, representations and objects, most often through perceptive, calculated juxtapositions in a variety of media: sculpture, painting, collage and film. Read More

Tacita Dean

Lives and works in Berlin

Born in Canterbury, England in 1965, Tacita Dean studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art (1985-88) and later at the Slade School of Fine Art in London (1990-92). She moved to Berlin in 2000, initially to take up a DAAD scholarship. Read More

Xavier Douroux

Lives and works in Dijon

Born in 1956 in Dôle in the Jura region of France, Xavier Douroux studied History of Art at the University of Burgundy before becoming an Associate Lecturer in the history of contemporary art, specialising in the history of exhibitions, at the same institution. Read More

Geoffrey Farmer

Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada

Born in 1967 in British Columbia, Farmer attended the San Francisco Art Institute, California (1991-92) and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. Read More

Simon Fujiwara

Lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City.

Born in London, UK in 1982, Simon Fujiwara moved to Carbis Bay near St Ives at the age of four and lived in Cornwall until he was sixteen. After a year spent in Japan he completed his secondary education in London and then took a BA in Architecture at Cambridge University before moving to the Städelschule Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, where he studied fine art. Read More

Tom van Gestel

Lives and works in Amsterdam

Tom van Gestel studied Art History at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. From 1983 to 1995 he worked as the Head of the Visual Arts Commissions agency of the Ministry of Culture and then joined the Mondrian Foundation, where he held the post of Head of the Visual Arts Commissions Department until 1999. Since then he has been the artistic leader, senior curator and adjunct director of SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space). Read More

Lucy Gunning

Lives and works in London

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1964, Lucy Gunning studied at Falmouth College of Art (1984-87) and Goldsmiths College, London (1992-94). She has had solo exhibitions in London, throughout the UK and Europe, and internationally in locations including New York and Vancouver. Read More

Jeremy Millar

Lives and works in Whitstable, Kent

Jeremy Millar has exhibited widely, with recent, current and forthcoming solo exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; HICA, near Inverness; and the Ethnographic Museum, Krakow; and numerous group exhibitions including The Dark Monarch at Tate St Ives. Read More

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Lives and works in London

Born in Zurich, Switzerland in May 1968, Hans Ulrich Obrist became Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in April 2006, joining Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery Director. Prior to this he was Curator of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris from 2000. Read More

Paulina Olowska

Lives and works in Raba Nizna, Poland

Born in Gdansk, Poland in 1976, Paulina Olowska studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1996) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland (1997-2000).  She has undertaken scholarships and residencies in The Hague, Lisbon, Japan and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Read More

Solveig Øvstebø

Lives and works in Bergen, Norway

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1973, Solveig Øvstebø undertook post-graduate studies in art history at the University of Bergen and has been Director of Bergen Kunsthall since 2003, developing it into one of the main contemporary art institutions in Norway, with a focus on production, research and discourse. Read More

Andrzej Przywara

Lives and works in Warsaw

Andrzej Przywara is a curator, art critic and art historian. Born in 1968 in Zebrzydowice, Poland, he studied Art History at Warsaw University (1988-94). Read More

Steven Rowell

Lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.

Steven Rowell is an artist and researcher based in Berlin and Los Angeles, working with photography as well as with audio and video recordings captured in the field. Read More

Kitty Scott

Lives and works in Banff, Canada

Kitty Scott is Director, Visual Arts at The Banff Centre, Banff, a post she has held since 2007. Previously she was Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and Curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Read More