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Talks & Seminars

The Reset: Mandy Fowler on Support Networks for Curators

VASW wel­comes cura­tor and pro­duc­er Mandy Fowler to host a webi­nar for cura­tors to sup­port their work dur­ing the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the second event of The Reset, VASW’s summer series of online talks, we welcome curator and producer Mandy Fowler to host a webinar for South West based curators.

While cultural venues are closed and the safety of our communities during the pandemic remains the top priority, curators are either dramatically reconfiguring or postponing their projects with the knowledge that this directly impacts the employment of others. The suspension of core funding schemes is also affecting the development and delivery of projects further into the future, whilst adding insecurity to the already precarious employment of independent curators.

Fowler’s webinar invites South West based curators to gather and share strategies on how to support one another at a time when many are working and overcoming unprecedented professional challenges in isolation. The webinar will be an opportunity to connect with others through conversation, map out support networks available to us and identify where further potential for expanding our networks may still lie untapped.

This talk is hosted on Zoom and free to attend but booking via Eventbrite is required. The full details on how to attend the talk will be circulated two days before the event.

Please note that all events in the series will be recorded.

For further information about the series, please contact VASW's Administrator at nella@vasw.org.uk.


Mandy Fowler is an independent cultural consultant, curator and producer working in contemporary visual arts with both galleries and artists. She has worked with institutions such as National Portrait Gallery, National Trust, English Heritage and National Museum of Wales (Cardiff) and major Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations including Nottingham Contemporary, The Whitworth, Turner Contemporary, Modern Art Oxford and Firstsite as well as with the commercial gallery Hauser & Wirth. She has recently worked with artists Lubaina Himid (winner of the Turner Prize 2017) and John Akomfrah (winner of Artes Mundi prize 2016), developing the national tours of their work, that led to these major prize nominations and wins. She is also an Advisor for Arts Council of Wales, working across their visual arts portfolio and selecting artists for Creative Wales awards and the British School at Rome. She also works with the CVAN national network as well as several of the regional networks and sits on the advisory group for New Art West Midlands.

Mandy also mentors creative professionals at all stages of their careers, especially at early points in their careers. She describes her work primarily as ‘strategic bookending’ – developing creative projects and ideas, making them relevant to a range of stakeholders (including funders and investors) so that they can be realised, evaluating and assessing what has been achieved and identifying the next steps to be taken. She has a particular interest in the intersection between creativity and the human condition, both in the historic and contemporary, and in a bringing together a plurality of creative voices from all backgrounds.

Prior to working on an independent basis, Mandy managed an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and worked in the corporate world across various Creative Industries.
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