John Wright


I am a research-led curator and PhD candidate in my third year of research. My practice is centred on the interconnections between artistic, curatorial and academic fields. I have worked with a number of cultural institutions, in gallery and curatorial roles. These include: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Arts University, The British Library and the National Science and Media Museum. 

My practice is situated in the space between curatorial and artistic fields. Working as a freelancer, I have curated several exhibitions including, Under Digitial Rain, 2016 at the Bowery, Leeds and operating under a collective carried out interventional works in London, Espacio Gallery, Left Bank Leeds and the Leeds Art Gallery. I am co-founder of the artist-led collective, The Retro Bar at the End of The Universe and I co-founded the Artist-led Research Group [ARG] with fellow PhD candidate Kerry Harker. I am currently in receipt of The Frank Parkinson Scholarship.

Projects: Research Assistant (co- curator) Murals, Mosaics, Street and Public Art, map and walking tour (2009) as part of the restoration project of the Chilean Mural funded by The Leeds University Union and the Heritage Lottery Fund. I am an active member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and I am engaged in conversation with several local and regional organisations including, Skippko and Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN) .

Research interests

Research interests:

  • Artist-led Research
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Collectivism within modern and contemporary art
  • Relational Dialectics

Conferences: Private Collecting and Public Display: Art Markets and Museums - March 2017 @ University of Leeds.

                      Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference- Un-histories: art and the unconcluded- March 2018 @ OCAD University Toronto. 

                      Ecologies and Economies of the Artist-led: Place, Space, Future- October 2018 @ MAAP Charity, Mabgate and FAHACS.

                      Artist-led Researcher Roundtable @ Exhibition Research Lab, John Moores University- Feb 2019.

Useful Links:

Artist-led Research Group blog:

The Retro Bar at The End of The Universe blog: profile:


  • Master of Arts in Art Gallery and Museum Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with Hons
  • Foundation Degree in Art and Design