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.
Alex Farquharson has been the executive director of Nottingham Contemporary since April 2007. He arrived with an international reputation as a curator, writer and lecturer. Exhibitions he has curated include British Art Show 6 (Gateshead, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol) seen by over 350,000 people, Le Voyage Interieur in Paris and If Everybody Had an Ocean at Tate St Ives and CAPC Bordeaux (TSI’s second most visited exhibition). Prior to Nottingham Contemporary he was Tutor and Research Fellow on the Curating Contemporary Art MA at Royal College of Art in London. He is a widely published author on art – in books, catalogues and magazines. As well as his freelance activity, he has a solid background working in publicly funded art institutions: during the 90s he was Exhibitions Director at Spacex in Exeter and Centre for Visual Arts in Cardiff.