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Salon 19 | Curatorial Insights 1/3 – Kerry Campbell & Marilyn Thompson

Weds 15th May

6 – 8pm

With the support of Making Ways, the Spring/Summer term will also feature a trio of Curatorial Insights sessions. As an ongoing commitment to organisational transparency and the creation of inclusive spaces for shared learning throughout our public programme the Curatorial Insights sessions will profile curatorial thinking, attempting to offer an urgent demystification of the role and capacity of curators within the broader arts ecology.

Session one will feature the work and experience of our former Public Programmes Curator Kerry Campbell alongside a guest regional curator. Kerry has invited Marilyn Thompson, Curator at PEAK project space and art gallery in the soon-to-be-demolished Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre. 

Kerry Campbell

Kerry Campbell is a freelance curator, producer and Royal College of Art graduate. Campbell’s curatorial practice is informed by her interests in regional curating, diversifying arts engagement and understanding the complex relationship between social class and barriers to cultural representation and autonomy. She is the founding director and curator of TMT Projects, Luton – an arts platform invested in supporting emerging to mid career artists and delivering ambitious, locally informed exhibitions and projects.
Campbell graduated with a Curating Contemporary Art Masters from the Royal College of Art in 2017, with the earlier completion of an alternative free Arts MA with School of the Damned (2014 -’15) catalysing a further curatorial interest in the inclusive potential of alternative pedagogy. In 2018 she was awarded an Arts Council International Development fund to undertake international research on community led archives and the archival preservation of marginalised voices, with research published in print by Montez Press as an essay entitled ‘Class and Curating‘.
Previously working for five years with schools, families, young people and vulnerable groups within Education at the Victoria & Albert Museum and then as the Public Programmes Curator for Bloc Projects gallery in Sheffield, Campbell is currently the Artistic Director at Mansions of the Future. Mansions is a dynamic, three-year Art’s Council Ambitions for Excellence funded project in Lincoln, which privileges inherently social, site-specific, and collaborative ways of working.


Marilyn Thompson

Marilyn Thompson is an artist living and working in London. Her work focussed on creating temporary utopias as a way of exploring different, and sometimes radical forms of social organisation. In her recent project, BROADCAST she built a pirate radio station with an indoor field of 200 growing sunflowers, which streamed eclectic contributor content for the duration of the show. She exhibits in the UK and internationally, and also runs Peak, a project space in South East London.

Peak is an artist run project space, proudly located in Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. Since 2017, it has shown a diverse range of projects from both established and new or unknown artists, as well as running events and conversations. Featured in Artforum’s Year in Review 2018 Peak has gained attention partly for its clear sense of responsibility to a local public as well as a more art world crowd. The spotlight has always been on projects that speak directly or indirectly to the immediate context of their display, including  R.I.P. Germain’s work on gang violence and Drill music Gidi Up; Dan Mitchell’s DEATH LOLZ exploring the psychopathology of late capitalism, and The Teachers, an audio visual collaboration between artist Ashley Holmes and musician Haich, simultaneously exploring and conjouring a world where different ideas of blackness are shared and stereotypes unpicked and problematised.

Instagram @peak_london

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