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Turner Prize curator Rowan Geddis to speak at University

Internationally-acclaimed Turner Prize 2019 curator Rowan Geddis will be speaking at the University of Kent on 28 February in a question and answer session.

Rowan Geddis originally studied and practiced as an artist but has spent the past 12 years working as a curator, producer and programmer, supporting and developing arts projects on three continents.

These have included directing the Gasworks studio and the Acme Studios International Residencies Programme in London and more recently producing and curating a series of projects staged in collaboration with institutions in Sweden, Japan and Argentina.

During 2018, Rowan Geddis was the curator of Young London 2018 – a large-scale survey show of 19 emerging artists, spanning 5 months of activity across multiple sites. He currently holds the role of Curator Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary in Margate, where he will be overseeing one of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, alongside a related programme of activity and artist commissions.

Dr Grant Pooke, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University’s School of Arts, said: ‘This represents a great opportunity for students, staff or anyone interested generally in the dynamics of the arts world and specifically in developing a career as a curator, producer or arts programmer to find out more from of the world’s leading practitioners’.

Rowan Geddis’ talk, entitled Humanities for Hire, takes place from 18.15-19.15 in the Jarman Building Studio 2 at the University’s Canterbury campus. It is free and open to all and will be followed by a drinks reception.