Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Claire Shea is the Deputy Director of Para Site, Hong Kong. She was an Associate Curator for the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, ‘We have never participated’ (2014) at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, which featured works by Cao Fei, Cheng Ran, Morgan Wong, Adrian Piper and Polit-Sheer-Form Office. Shea was previously Curatorial Director for Cass Sculpture Foundation in Goodwood, United Kingdom, (2008-2016) where she oversaw the strategic development of the institution and managed curatorial projects including the commissioning of works. In 2016, Shea curated ‘A Beautiful Disorder’ which featured new commissions by contemporary artists from Greater China including Cheng Ran, Cui Jie, Li Jinghu, Wang Wei, Xu Zhen (MadeIn Company). In 2012, she curated a major exhibition of Tony Cragg’s works on Exhibition Road and at the V&A, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, London for the Cultural Olympiad. Shea has also lent her expertise in outdoor, site-specific projects to non-profit organisations such as Bold Tendencies (2010-2015), an annual project that transforms a disused multi-storey car park in southeast London’s Peckham district with visual art, music and literature. She is currently a researcher for the Institute of Public Art, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts.
The Curatorial Seminar will focus on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context…read more »
The public symposium in Istanbul will present the research of the following seven international curators brought together for the Curatorial Seminar: Özge Ersoy, Mónica Espinel, Nazli Gurlek, Olga Hatzidaki, Kate Martin, Anna Santomauro, and Claire Shea.read more »