New shared curator appointed for The Holburne and The Edge

Image Credit: Will Cooper

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The Holburne Museum and The Edge at the University of Bath have been awarded a three year grant from the John Ellerman Foundation to fund a new shared post of Contemporary Art Curator.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Will Cooper as Curator of Contemporary Programmes & Special Projects. Originally from Bath, Will has since 2015 been Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. Previous roles include stints at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Recent presentations include a solo exhibition from leading British artist Aaron Angell, a group show exploring the legacy of pioneering Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait, and the first historical survey of influential Scottish painter Jack Knox in nearly thirty years. Will has led on museum acquisitions of important works by artists including Anne Collier, Walter Price and Victoria Morton and Turner Prize 2018 winnner Charlotte Prodger, and while at BALTIC worked with artists such as Heather Phillipson, Lorna Simpson and Thomas Bayrle. He has a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a MA in Curatorial Practice from the Whitechapel Gallery, taught via London Metropolitan University.

Will Cooper will start on 21 January and will be situated at both organisations. Jamie Eastman, Director of Arts at the University of Bath said, “We are delighted Will is set to join the University, supporting our continuing desire to see contemporary artists and Bath researchers collaborate to exciting ends. Will’s first tasks will be to finalise projects already in the pipeline with Gayle Chong Kwan, Aowen Jin and Felicity Hammond. Will brings great calibre and experience to our team and plenty of ideas. He will work at the forefront, an ambition we share with the Holburne to see Bath present programmes of international contemporary art more regularly across the city and we are grateful for the opportunity to do this in partnership with the John Ellerman Foundation for the next three years.”

Dr Chris Stephens, Director at the Holburne notes, “We are hugely grateful to the John Ellerman Foundation for supporting this role and enabling the Holburne to extend and deepen its commitment to contemporary art. I am delighted at the opportunity to develop our relationship with the University of Bath and, with them, to contribute to establishing Bath as a venue for international contemporary art. It is great that we have been able to appoint a curator with Will Cooper’s experience. I have no doubt that he will develop an exciting and innovative programme of contemporary projects that will enrich the Holburne, it’s collection and its location while bringing new audiences to the Museum

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