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.
Charlotte Huddleston is the Director of ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT. In her current research and practice Charlotte works with the gallery as an organisation within the university, and with gallery programmes to worry at questions like: how can curators attend care-fully to the complexities of their work within institutions? What forms do relationships within and outside of the institution take, and how to be accountable in these relationships?
Significant projects at and with ST PAUL St include: Local Time: Horotiu (2012), Assembly co-curated with Melissa Laing and Vera Mey (2012); Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise co-curated with Abby Cunnane (2016); Before is Now—Ko Muri Ko Nāianei (2017); Two Oceans at Once co-curated with Cameron Ah Loo-Matamua (2019). Charlotte initiated the Gallery’s Research Fellowship beginning in 2014 with Sakiko Sugawa, continuing in 2016 with Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina. Along with Sugawa and artist-activist Ella Grace McPherson-Newton ST PAUL St realised the exhibition This Home is Occupied (2014), and the publication Co-Revolutionary Praxis: Accompaniment as a strategy for working together (2016). Charlotte co-convened with Abby Cunnane the annual ST PAUL St Symposium between 2014-2016, and in 2018 with Balamohan Shingade.
In collaboration with Artspace Aotearoa, ICI presents the first Curatorial Intensive in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. This Intensive draws upon the diverse cultural environment from Auckland and the greater te Moana Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean region. This Intensive anticipates Artspace Aotearoa’s new programme ‘The Drift,’ which will examine and respond to alternative approaches to artistic education.read more »