Curator Talk: Thursday, April 3 from 7pm to 8pm
Portfolio Reviews: Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) welcomes John Barrett-Lennard, an independent curator from Perth, Australia, as the latest speaker in WPA’s InfoEx series, a public program bringing world class curators to Washington, DC through an informal partnership with the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), based in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Barrett-Lennard will present a free public talk about his curatorial projects in Australia on Thursday, April 3 followed by individual meetings with WPA member artists on Friday and Saturday April 4 and 5. Artists, curators, and the public are invited to attend the free talk and meet Mr. Barrett-Lennard.
About the Curator
John Barrett-Lennard, an independent curator, researcher and critic, received his BA from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and his MFA from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In addition to his freelance career Barrett-Lennard has been the Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia; Director of the John Curtin Gallery & University Art Curator for Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia; Curator of Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; and Director of Praxis Contemporary Art Space, Fremantle, Western Australia. He has been awarded multiple research and development grants from institutions such as Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, ArtsWA, Gordon Darling Foundation, and Australia Council Visual Arts/Crafts Board. Barrett-Lennard’s career has been committed to the development of innovative and growing arts institutions and of innovative, internationally significant projects; and on ensuring professional education and development opportunities for his staff, students, and professional colleagues, locally and nationally.
Begun in 2009, InfoEx brings international curators in residence at ISCP to DC to present recent and upcoming projects and to meet with local artists and curators. By bringing international curators to Washington, WPA hopes to initiate challenging conversations and create a forum for artists and curators to engage with each other’s work. Since its inception, WPA has brought curators from Italy, Portugal, Norway, Spain, Taiwan, Canada, Romania, and the Czech Republic to Washington to share their projects and meet with local artists.
Call for Artists
John Barrett-Lennard will meet with 5 selected WPA member artists at one-hour intervals over the course of Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014. Artists/curators working in photography, installation, and works that negotiate the divide between the gallery and public spaces but consider the audience are encouraged to apply for a Portfolio Review and meeting with Mr. Barrett-Lennard. Artists/curators are also invited to participate if their work explores the mobility of a globalized world. To learn more and apply visit wpadc.org/infoex-john-barrett-lennard.
InfoEx will be held at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) St. SW.
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture. For more information visit www.wpadc.org.