Public Lecture by Professor of Practice Karen MacKinnon


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is looking forward to welcoming Professor of Practice Karen MacKinnon who will be giving a public lecture at the university’s Swansea College of Art.


Headshot of Karen

Karen will be talking about her role as Director of the International Artes Mundi Prize, a biennial international exhibition and prize which is held in Cardiff and is due to take place again this year. She will be talking about her role within the organisation as well as some of the upcoming events that will be taking place later this year.

Caroline Thraves Head of the School of Fine and Media Arts and UWTSD Swansea College of Arts said: “We are delighted that our highly acclaimed professor of practice Professor Karen MacKinnon is able to present this public lecture. Karen’s international profile as Director/Curator of the Artes Mundi will I am sure attract a lot of visitors to this talk and we at the art college welcome all. ”

The lecture will take place on Friday 18th May at 1pm in the Reading Room, Alex Building, Alexandra Road, Swansea. It is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

Karen MacKinnon has been working as an international curator based in Wales for the past sixteen years, including roles at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. During that time she has organised and curated contemporary and historical exhibitions and has developed a specific interest in the relationships between local and global, place and locality. More recently, she has been working in a number of different contexts both on and off site, working with socially engaged practitioners as well as those whose work is gallery based. In 2005 she curated the exhibition Somewhere Else Wales at the Venice Biennale which included the work of Peter Finnemore, Laura Ford, Paul Granjon and a residency with Bedwyr Williams. In 2008 she co-curated with Maria Clara Bernal the exhibition Displaced: contemporary art from Colombia which showed the work of 15 artists including artists such as Oscar Munoz, Jose Alejandro Restrepo and Maria Elvira Escalon. She has also worked on Let’s see what happens… an international exchange between seven artists Tim Davies, Yingmei Duan, Paul Emmanuel, Owen Griffiths, Zeng Huanguang, Maleonn Ma, Fern Thomas. In 2013, Karen was appointed Director of Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Exhibition and Prize.

Founded in 2002 by Welsh artist William Wilkins, Artes Mundi is best known for its biennial international Exhibition and Prize which takes place in Cardiff. The exhibition is Wales’ biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art show. One of the shortlisted artists is awarded the prize of £40,000, the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world.

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