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.
Sharmila Wood began her career in commercial galleries while at school in Sydney, Australia. She has managed the Roebourne Art Group, where she curated a number of exhibitions that toured Australia. In New Delhi, Wood worked with designers and artisans at the intersection of design, craft, and cultural development. While in India she was employed by UNESCO to write the publication, Co-Creating: Artisan and Designer Interactions. Wood has curated exhibitions in New Delhi, Tokyo, and Paris. In 2011, she joined FORM as a Curator where she has organized numerous interdisciplinary exhibitions. She was a finalist in the Innovation, Visual Art, and Community Engagement categories for the Australian Arts in Asia Award for her work developing an Australian and Indian cross-cultural collaboration. She curated the photography exhibition, Pilbara Stories, which was shown in Australia and India as part of the Australian Cultural Festival. More recently, Wood secured funding from Google Earth Outreach to develop Ngarluma Ngurra: Aboriginal Culture on the map––an immersive, multimedia digital mapping exhibition. Wood is a curator at PUBLIC an initiative that brings street and digital artists together to activate shared and public spaces. She has written and edited numerous catalogue publications and contributed to journals including Art Monthly Australia, Interartive, DRONAH, and the Context Journal. She received her MA in Art History and Curatorship from the University of Sydney.
Join ICI and the Spring 2014 Curatorial Intensive on Tuesday, March 25 for a daylong public symposium where the participants will present the exhibition and project proposals that they have developed through the program.read more »
This March, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Considering Publics and Contexts, a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions.read more »