This talk will highlight working practices within commercial and public institutions, research strands and audiences, in addition to sharing their favourite parts of the job, alongside inspirations and challenges.
Alongside the Saturday sessions, our Youth Collective Talks and Events Series offers people aged between 15 – 25 years the opportunity to engage and learn about matters surrounding contemporary art and artistic production through a series of workshops, talks, interventions and screenings as a way of expanding professional development opportunities.
Andy Wicks runs London based gallery Castor Projects, which opened its first permanent space in January 2016. Castor Projects focuses on enabling ambitious and site responsive exhibitions with emerging and interdisciplinary artists. Having originally trained and practiced as an artist, Wicks spent a number of years as an installer and fabricator for London galleries before opening his own space. He also sits on the board of Trustees at the Florence Trust, a long established Arts charity offering year long studio based residencies and mentoring from a Grade-1 listed neo-Gothic church in North London.
Sophie Williamson is currently Exhibitions Curator at Camden Arts Centre, she has realised ambitious exhibitions with international artists, including: Kara Walker, Moyra Davey, Glenn Ligon, Ben Rivers and Geta Brătescu as well as commissioning major new works by artists such as Ruth Ewan, Nina Canell, Emma Hart, Florian Roithmayr and Jennifer Tee, among others. Williamson was the inaugural Gasworks Curatorial Research Fellow in 2016 through which she has built a body of research on cultural translation and molecular curation. Her writing has appeared in Frieze, Art Monthly and Aesthetica, as well as exhibition publications and journals.