About Curator.Works

Curator Works is an independent platform and blog founded by Kerry Harker in 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 & 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 the inaugural Artistic Director until September 2015. She is also Director of the East Leeds Project, a major new strand of visual arts programming which forms part of the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture in 2023.

From 2015-16 she was interim Executive Director at The Art House, Wakefield, and was previously Curator of Exhibitions for Harewood House Trust from 2008-11.

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. In 1994-5 she was included in New Contemporaries, which opened at Camden Arts Centre (London) before touring to Cornerhouse (Manchester), Arnolfini (Bristol), Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and Cartwright Hall (Bradford).

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; and Peter Mitchell: Planet Yorkshire (co-curated with Anne McNeill) at Impressions Gallery, Bradford. In summer 2017 she produced Between Stillness and Storm by Aidan Moesby and Tim Shaw, which toured venues on the Northern Festivals Network, including Bluedot at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

Please get in touch on kerry@curator.works or find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @KerryHarker.

Pic: Jules Lister