Speed Curating

Saturday 5 November 2016

Belfast Exposed, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FF

Speed Curating is back…

This is a perennially popular strand of our  Get Together and Belfast Open Studios and one that can potentially lead to all sorts of opportunities. The format offers just 15 minutes get to meet a Curator and introduce your practice. From past experience, we ask that you look at each Curator’s interests and remit carefully, making interesting and favourable comparisons. Taking the time to matchmake yields results.

The sessions are quick and snappy. We ask that you respect the next artist in the queue by leaving the table when indicated. Artists must send supporting material in advance when you book – this could be a link to your website, a personal statement etc. The clearer the support material that you bring the better. As always, we recommend that you treat this like a first date and prepare well.


Niamh Brown: Ormston House, Limerick
Ann & Ken Bartley: ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast
Maoliosa Boyle: Void Gallery, Derry
Warren Harper: Independent Curator and Researcher
Kate Self: Radar, Loughborough
Alessia Cargnelli and Clare Gormley: Catalyst Arts, Belfast
Moran Been-noon: Platform Arts, Belfast
Adam Smythe: Bluecoat, Liverpool
Jackie Barker: Millennium Court, Portadown
Brendan Fox: Talbot Gallery, Dublin
Ruth Caroll: RHA, Dublin


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Curator Bios

Maoliosa Boyle
Director Void Gallery

Maoliosa Boyle is the Director of Void Contemporary Art Gallery, she has led the organisation for the last 11 years from its inception. Since 2005 the gallery has become one of the leading art spaces in Ireland and within 5 years The Guardian named Void as one of the top 10 galleries in the United Kingdom. In 2013 Maoliosa was named as one of the top creative catalysts in Ireland in The Irish Times. In 2013 Maoliosa was one of the curators for the Turner Prize curating Lynette Yiadom Boakye and David Shrigley. In the same year she was on the selection panel for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale selecting Jeremy Deller. Maoliosa has curated exhibitions by artists Katrina Palmer, Dinh Q. Le, Candice Breitz, Bill Drummond, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Polly Morgan, Uwe Wittwer and Hiraki Sawa amongst others. In 2015 she  co-curated exhibitions with Mark Wallinger and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (‘We have it in our power to begin the world again’ and ‘Horse’) working in partnership with Hauser and Wirth, Pace,  a number of galleries in New York and London. In 2017 Maoliosa will curate a new exhibition with Zarina Bhimji at Void. Maoliosa holds a BA Hons in Fine Art from NCAD, an MFA from the University of Ulster and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management from University of Ulster and Boston College.


Moran Been-noon
Independent Curator; Co-Director in Platform Arts, Belfast

Moran Been-noon is an artist, visual art curator and director at Platform Arts Studios & Gallery. Since arriving in Ireland in 2008, Been-noon’s curated exhibitions, events, and performance projects primarily dealing with political reality of the participating artists or the community within which they work, as well as questioning the role of political art. Her curatorial approach is collaborative, working together with the artists to develop ideas from a creative starting point. She aims to challenge the artists to explore methods that were not used before, and often challenges herself and a new idea is presented to her.

Been-noon holds a PhD in Art Practice from NCAD, and an MFA in Computer Art, and works with artists and organisations in Israel, the US, Ireland, and Norther Ireland. As a co-director at Platform Arts she can offer some insight into the programming process and ethos of the gallery. Her primary interests would be in work that offers engagement with life outside the artworld, but maintains its artistic credibility and work that is created for a specific location. She is a strong believer that artwork should be able to engage a viewer without an accompanying text.


Kate Self
Producer, Curator, Educator

Kate’s main interests lie in participatory and socially-engaged arts practice, visual art commissioning and programming, event coordination and production and work with young people. She is currently employed as Producer at Radar, Loughborough University Arts alongside managing a number of freelance projects with charitable, heritage and environmental projects as catalysts for commissioning artists to engage with communities. Now based in Birmingham, Kate has spent over a decade working in galleries, museums and creative agencies around the UK, including the Design Museum, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Multistory, Sandwell; and Tate Modern, London. She is a board member at Grand Union, Birmingham.


Warren Harper
Independent curator and researcher

Warren’s approach to working with artists is mainly collaborative, developing long-term projects and outcomes. Recent curatorial projects include Migrating Origins (2014) with James Ravinet, Digital Voices (2015) with Jonathan Weston, MORNING (2016) with artist Shaun C. Badham and the curation of the ESSEX Architecture Weekend talks programme in September 2016 with Stephanie Sutton. He has undertaken research for YoHa, Critical Art Ensemble and the Arts Catalyst for Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone and most recently on Modernist architecture for the Radical Essex programme, led by Focal Point Gallery. He is currently working on a long-term project with artist James Ravinet on Nuclear Culture. Warren is a former Assistant Director of TAP (Temporary Arts Project) in Southend.


Ann McVeigh and Ken Bartley
Gallerists, ArtisAnn

ArtisAnn Gallery is a friendly new gallery based on Bloomfield Avenue in East Belfast selling high quality art by both emerging and established artists working in a range of styles and media. It is owned by Ann and Ken Bartley, who have twenty years’ experience in the art world as artists, collectors and curators. Occupying two floors, the gallery hosts a monthly themed exhibition programme on the first floor, while the ground floor is arranged Salon Style, with the intent of displaying as many amazing art works as possible. ArtisAnn Gallery would be interested in artworks that would be suitable for a domestic or office environment. Examples of artworks currently exhibited in the gallery can be seen on our website at


Brendan Fox
Curator, Talbot Gallery and Studios, Dublin

Brendan Fox holds a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Media from The National College of Art and Design. Fox works as both a theatre practitioner/director/visual artist and curator. In 2012 Fox was shortlisted for Block T’s Undergraduate Award, The Talbot Gallery most Promising Graduate Award and then went on to win the International Undergraduate Awards 2013.

A published writer, Fox has also facilitated theatre and contemporary art based lectures and workshops with The National College of Art and Design, VTOS Adult Education, LSAD and has recently been invited by UCD and Trinity College Dublin to host workshops with PHD students at The Innovation Academy. He has worked as part of Dublin City Council’s innovations office The Studio as video documentary producer and as documentary director/producer for TFE research facility Cologne in association with NCAD.

Fox is on the judging panel for the International Undergraduate Awards and is head of the Foundation Arts Awards panel. In 2015 he was projects co-curator at NAG Gallery, Dublin that same year saw him working with the Irish Museum of Modern Art selecting and curating work from their permanent collection for his large scale curatorial project Quantum Leap.  In 2016 Fox was invited lecturer and curator at Limerick School of Art and Design and is currently resident curator at Talbot Gallery and Studios, Dublin. As Co-founder Director/Curator of Foundation Arts Festival his practice has seen him curating the work of hundreds of Irish and international artists. Fox is currently devising a large scale offsite exhibition ahead of this years Foundation Project in association with the National Arts Council of Ireland.

“Art as an experience is ignited by the curiosity of the viewer. An exhibition should be an adventure. The work must have the potential of multiple interpretations that lead us to decipher our own route, our own perspective. As a curator my interest lies in the duality of a work, in the development of interrelations and the construction of both conceptual and visual narratives. In an exhibition ‘landscape’, the terrain can be constructed from a multiplicity of mediums, a conceptual narrative can be punctuated with blaring sounds, hypnotic projections or a contemplative drawing. However there must be an element of jeopardy, that undefinable energy that is conveyed by the artist, to the viewer, through a work. If there is no jeopardy the adventure is pointless.” Brendan Fox


Jackie Barker
Director of Millennium Court Arts Centre

Jackie has developed and curated projects with some of Northern Ireland’s most significant artists during 6 years at Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown,. She has an MA in Art History from UCL and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD, and was Arts Policy Officer for Local Government in Northern Ireland before joining Millennium Court. She has experience of contemporary art in public settings and has worked in commercial galleries in Ireland and London for over 12 years.


Ruth Carroll
Curator, Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA)

At the RHA since 2002, Ruth holds a BA in Italian and English and a H. Dip in Arts Administration from NUI Galway and more recently in Management from the University of Ulster. She has worked with a wide range of both Irish and international artists including James Coleman, Dorothy Cross, Michael Borremans, Salla Tykka, Paul Murnaghan, Amanda Coogan, Nevan Lahart and the Futures Series, a major series of exhibitions featuring emerging Irish artists. Ruth also runs the Ashford Gallery at the RHA, which creates opportunities and markets for young artists and advises key private and public collections on acquisitions.

Alessia Cargnelli and Clare Gormley
Co-Directors, Catalyst Arts

A leading artist-led organisation and gallery, Catalyst Arts has developed and maintained an innovative, contemporary art programme since its inception in Belfast in 1993. Through its gallery programme, public projects, artists commissions and pioneering FIX, Northern Ireland’s longest running performance and live art biennale, it has built a reputation as an organisation which encourages artist risk and experimentation. Its two year directorship model, integrated with a non-hierarchical committee structure allows cultural producers to work collaboratively not only as artists but as agents and activists in the local context of Belfast with an international reach.