With the start of a new year brings a new face to the Situations team. Megan Collier joins us as part of her MA in Curating at the University of West England. Students from the course are placed in creative and cultural organisations across the South West, allowing them to develop their curatorial interests in the context of live projects. Over the coming year we’re excited to work with Megan, supporting her as she works towards the delivery of her own curatorial project. 

Tell us a little about yourself and your interests in curating.

I graduated from Lancaster University last summer with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. I loved having the space to experiment within my drawing and painting practice at university. I specialised in portraiture, exploring how images of the human form could reflect deeper psychological themes.

During my time at university, I began to realise that I was most happy when working on projects that involved producing exhibitions and art-based events. In my final year I organised art workshops with blind and visually impaired participants, culminating in a public exhibition of their work. Visitors were invited to experience the artworks blindfolded, encouraging them to explore new definitions of what an exhibition can be. This was such a rewarding and fulfilling experience and it confirmed that a Masters in curating would be the perfect next step for me.

What are you most excited to discover or explore over your year ahead at Situations?

I’m very interested in the way Situations find new and unexpected ways of engaging audiences with the arts. I believe that through working outside of conventional arts venues and giving artists the space to experiment with innovative and unusual ideas, public art projects can really inspire and capture an audience’s imagination. I am so excited to work with Situations and explore these ideas further, and hopefully get some first hand experience of a project like this in action.

Where can we find out more about your work?

I am still a practicing artist and you can see examples of my artwork at meganart.co.uk. You can also find out more about some of the curating projects I worked on at university, such as when I worked with blind and visually impaired artists, and the Fine Art Degree Show, for which I was a key member of the planning committee.

Megan takes on the baton from Eloise Dunwell who completed her placement with us in 2015.  Eloise spearheaded our monthly Lunch Club, supported on the development of projects including Theaster Gates’ Sanctum and Katie Paterson’s Hollow, and has been a hugely significant part of our team over the last twelve months.

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