Jack Smurthwaite (b. 1991, London) is a curator, writer and cultural project manager based in London. He attempts to broaden and communicate culture through his projects and research. Jack currently has an independent practice as a curator of contemporary art and holds the position of Visitor Programmes Producer at RBG, Kew. Previously, he has worked with the ICA, London to organise screenings, events, and commission new work by Leah Capaldi as well as implementing exhibition, event and youth programmes for a number of museums.
Jack is a regular contributor to Art Monthly. His writing has also been published by Artsy.net, thisistomorrow, and Sluice Magazine.
As a researcher, he has presented papers internationally at VU Amsterdam and London College of Fashion. The research behind is latest exhibition, To cite a body (2019), will be presented at the Association for Art History’s 2019 annual conference.
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MA Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, 2014 – 16
BA (hons) History of Art, Goldsmiths College, 2011 – 14
Awards and bursaries:
CRMEP PCCT 2015/16 prize for outstanding academic achievement, 2017
Artfund & Art Night curatorial workshop bursary, 2016
Artfund & Whitechapel Gallery, film and events programming bursary, 2016
Events, papers and conferences:
Artistic Subversions, setting the conditions of display, VU Amsterdam, February 2017
Exploring queer cultures and lifestyles in the creative arts c1885 – 1967, London College of Fashion, March 2016