Katharine Stout launches ICI’s 2011 public program series with a talk on the Turner Prize, the prestigious and much debated award set up by Tate Britain in 1984 to celebrate the cutting edge in new British art. In her lecture, Stout will discuss the role the Turner Prize has played within the institutional context of Tate Britain as well as its relationship to the contemporary arts scenes in London and abroad.
Katharine Stout is a Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain and Associate Director of the Drawing Room, London. At Tate she has curated various aspects of the contemporary program such as numerous Turner Prize exhibitions, most recently in 2010 as well as the Turner Prize Retrospective, Art Now, which presents artists at an early stage of their careers; Lightbox, a space dedicated to film and video; Duveen Comissions with Martin Creed and Eva Rothschild; and has co–curated exhibitions drawn from the collection such as Self Evident, the body as site and subject and Art of the 60s: This was Tomorrow. She has written over thirty monographic texts on contemporary British artists as well as commissioned and edited publications such as Keep on Onnin’, Contemporary art at Tate Britain, and The Turner Prize and British Art. Prior to Tate she was the Contemporary art consultant at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich where she initiated contemporary art commissions and projects, and the Director of The Tannery, London, a non-profit artist-led gallery.
In 2001, she founded the Drawing Room with Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane to provide the major European non-profit resource for contemporary drawing; ten years after its inception it has gained an international reputation for its varied programme that probes the boundaries of contemporary drawing, incorporating a wide range of ideas and media from the traditional to the experimental, in order to reflect the vibrancy of contemporary drawing practice. She has written various texts on drawing, most recently Drawn from Life, commissioned by Green Cardamon and is currently writing a book on recent international drawing practice for Tate Publishing. She studied at the Courtauld Institute, University of London and the Royal College of Art.
The Curator’s Perspective: Katharine Stout has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.
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