Dr Gill Park

Profile

I have a curatorial background, most recently as Director of Pavilion (2012–2017), a contemporary arts commissioning organisations based in Leeds. In this role, I worked on the production and programming of new work with artists, across both non-art sites and in partnership with international galleries. Artists I have worked with include Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Giles Bailey, Gintaras Didziapetris, Aurelien Froment, Louise Herve & Chloe Maillet, Melvin Moti, Grace Schwindt, Lucy Skaer and Rehana Zaman. In 2013-15, I led on a major Creative Europe project Retreating Ahead: Curatorial and Artistic explorations, in partnership with CAC Vilnius (Lithuania) and Kunstverein Haburger Bahnhof (Germany). I have also worked on a number of curatorial projects in an independent capacity, often through the platform Working Images, a collaboration with Dr Amy Charlesworth (Open University)

I am particularly interested in moving image work and photography, and in particular histories of art that address the entanglements of gender, race, class and sexuality. My doctoral research focused on the history of British photography as it was inflected by feminism, exploring the way in which lens-based media was, during the 1980s, a vital tool for addressing lived experiences of sexism, as well as theoretical questions of the politics of representation. I am also interested in contemporary modalities of curatorial practice that are engaging with social issues both locally and globally. 

I took up my current position in 2018, having previously worked as Lecturer in Museology at the University of Manchester. I am also Lecturer in Curating at Newcastle University. I am an Associate of Pavilion, and a peer reviewer for the journal Museum & Society. 

Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager, Arts Management & Heritage Studies
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Qualifications

  • PhD History of Art & Curating
  • MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies
  • BA History of Art

Student education

I teach across the MA Arts Management & Heritage Studies, MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies, Curating Science and BA Fine Art programmes.