Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Image: Lara Goodband with Bedwyr Williams at RAMM. Photo: Rhodri Cooper for Exeter Culture.
Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.
This October, curator Lara Goodband is making the selection.
Lara moved to Exeter at the end of last year, having been an art curator for over 20 years, working mainly in Yorkshire. 2016 and 2017 were very busy years with the launch of the touring exhibition Sea Swim: Head Above Water in Plymouth at the Museum and the Levinsky Gallery, which then toured to Folkestone and Scarborough. Lara curated a number of exhibitions as part of Hull City of Culture, including co-curating Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea, shown at the Maritime Museum and Ferens Art Gallery. This major exhibition explored environmental themes around ocean acidification and other marine welfare issues and included new commissions by Mariele Neudecker, Saskia Olde Wolbers and Bik van der Pol, as well as existing work by John Akomfrah and John Smith. Lara also curated the Marinella Senatore project and exhibition at York Art Gallery. Earlier this year, she was employed as a freelance curator at RAMM to curate the 150th anniversary commission. Bedwyr Williams' new work Phizogs was the result.
Lara also took up the part-time role of Director of Exeter Cultural Partnership where she recruited a new steering group, commissioned the consultants and creative practitioners for the first arts and culture strategy for the city and developed a new brand so that it’s now called Exeter Culture.
After 7 busy months with Exeter Culture, Lara is moving to RAMM full time to be their first Curator of Contemporary Art funded by Arts Council England. She starts her new role on 8 October and is looking forward to working with the team there and colleagues across the region to develop an exciting and nationally-significant programme of contemporary art.
Lara is also a member of VASW's Steering Group.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network