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Installation view, Huma Bhabha: Against Time, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. Photo: Rob Harris © 2020 BALTIC

Emma Dean
Curator, BALTIC

Emma joined BALTIC as Curator in 2012. Over the past eight years she has curated numerous exhibitions, including mid-career surveys of Thomas Scheibitz (in partnership with MMK, Frankfurt), Caroline Achaintre and Huma Bhabha, and first UK institutional presentations by David Jablonowski, Jesse Wine, Jack Lavender, Jumana Emil Abboud, Sofia Stevi and Ifeoma U. Anyaeji.  Emma has commissioned new work for public realm and digital contexts, edited and contributed to artists’ monographs, and collaborates with colleagues on the curation and delivery of BALTIC’s Public Programme.

As part of her role, Emma also manages BALTIC’s Artists’ Residency Programme which supports research and professional development through residencies at BALTIC and partner institutions in the UK and internationally. Emma has developed partnership initiatives including the UK/Korea Artists’ Residency Exchange Programme (2017–19), facilitating residency exchanges between fourteen UK and South Korean institutions, and the BALTIC|States programme, providing residency exchange opportunities for emerging artists and curators based in the North East and Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (2019–ongoing). Emma also oversees the annual BALTIC Bothy Residency, which supports an emerging artist based in the North East to undertake a week’s residency on the Isle of Eigg, in partnership with Bothy Project, Scotland.

Prior to BALTIC, Emma worked at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes as Exhibitions Organiser (2003–08) and Head of Exhibitions (2009–12) where she oversaw the programme of exhibitions, offsite projects, performance, events and commissions, and edited publications, collaborating with more than forty artists including Giuseppe Penone, Michael Craig-Martin, Carlos Bunga, Adrian Paci, Roger Hiorns, Gilberto Zorio, Polly Apfelbaum, Anna Barriball, Andrew Lord, Daria Martin, Ivan & Heather Morison and Liliane Lijn. Other curatorial positions include Exhibitions Assistant (2000–01) and Assistant Curator (2001–03) at Modern Art Oxford and Curatorial Assistant (Archive Collections) at the Pitt Rivers Museum (1996–97).

Emma has also curated solo and group exhibitions independently for the Saïd Business School, AV Festival, Saatchi Online and Crisis UK among others. She is a former Trustee of the Chiltern Sculpture Trust, nominator for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists in 2016, and has been a selector for AXIS, C-Art, the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open and The Other Art Fair, London.

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