from October 2014 to March 2015





Curating Europes’ Futures brings together Creative Futures Institute of the University of the West of Scotland, the Graduate School of The Glasgow School of Art, as well as the practitioner-research networks of Variant, Framework, Mother Tongue, as hosted by CCA:


Leigh French is an editor at Variant and board member of Strickland Distribution, and is a PhD candidate at the Glasgow School of Art researching curatorial practices with regard to the cultural-economic policy approach of competitive nationalism - where aspects of life and identity, including education, arts, sports and culture, are harnessed as factors of national economic advantage.


Katarzyna Kosmala is Professor of Culture, Media and Visual Arts at the University of the West of Scotland, Visiting Research Fellow at the European Institute of Gender Studies GEXcel at Linköping University and Örebro University, Sweden, an art writer and a curator.


The CFi is based at the School of Creative & Cultural Industries at the University of the West of Scotland and, with Associates from around the University, is a locus for interdisciplinary research, generating a wide range of research from screen studies to social media. The cf. fosters an advanced, theoretically informed and practice-led research culture, identifying key questions relevant to Scotland in a global economy.


Framework is a research and development project that aims to provide a sustained platform in which to jointly discuss curatorial practice and theory; for curators in Scotland to explore their own work within a wider context. The programme began in 2011 with an itinerant series of workshops and discussions organised at venues across Scotland, hosted by leading international curators and writers. Ongoing events create dynamic platforms of exchange and dialogue between participants, in order to create productive cultural debate. Framework is organised by Kirsteen Macdonald (Parallel Lines).


Mother Tongue is a research-led curatorial project formed by Tiffany Boyle and Jessica Carden in response to individual periods of investigation in northern Scandinavia and West Africa. The project participated on the 2011/12 CuratorLab programme at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design [Stockholm]. Both Tiffany and Jessica are currently doctoral candidates at Birkbeck, University of London and TrAIN: Transnational Research Centre for Art, Identity and Nation [UAL] respectively.
  Tiffany Boyle | Research Title: 'These Gymnasts Do Not Simply Perform Gymnastics' - Susan Sontag's 'Fascinating Fascism' and the (In)visibility of Whiteness in Visual Representations of Olympic Artistic Gymnastics.
  Jessica Carden | Research Title: Contemporary Visual Representations of the Non – White Figure in the Arctic Landscape: British Colonial Constructions of the ʻHeart of Whitenessʼ and the Black-White Binary as Fetish.


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