About Curator.Works

Curator Works is a curatorial platform and blog launched by Kerry Harker in September 2015.


Kerry Harker is a Leeds-based independent Curator and PhD researcher (on artist-led initiatives) in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. She was co-founder of Project Space Leeds (2006-) and the The Tetley (2013-), a centre for contemporary art and learning in south central Leeds, where she was also the inaugural Artistic Director until September 2015.

From then until April 2016 she was interim Executive Director at The Art House, Wakefield, and was previously Curator of Exhibitions for Harewood House Trust from 2008-11. She is also a Director of Leeds Sustainable Development Group CIC, helping LSDG advocate for the creation of a sustainable neighbourhood for the long term on the new South Bank of the city, and sits on the ‘Engagement’ group within Leeds’ bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.

After graduating from a BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Leeds, she practised as an artist for several years and has exhibited around the UK. Group shows include New Contemporaries (1994-5) which opened at Camden Arts Centre (London) before touring to Cornerhouse (Manchester), Arnolfini (Bristol), Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and Cartwright Hall (Bradford). Solo shows include Derby Museum & Art Gallery (2004) and Saltburn Artists’ Projects (2007).

Recent curated projects include Me and Mine by Lucy Beech (commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella); The Feast Wagon, with Simeon Barclay, Delaine Le Bas, Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh; and Roger Palmer: Winter Garden, all co-curated with Zoe Sawyer at The Tetley. Forthcoming projects include Peter Mitchell: Planet Yorkshire (co-curated with Anne McNeill) at Impressions Gallery, Bradford. Other projects in R&D at the moment include a focus on disability, criticality and the visual arts, a collaborative project with artist and curator Aidan Moesby.

Curator Works is a place to share news on projects in development, and news/reviews on contemporary art activity and related issues, with occasional guest posts. Please get in touch on kerry@curator.works or find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @KerryHarker.

Pic: Jules Lister