Art Gallery of Alberta

Paul O’Neill

International Curator Series: Paul O’Neill

The Curatorial Constellation and Attentiveness:
The Exhibition as a Co-operative Co-productive Form

Sunday, November 3, 2 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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The group exhibition-form has become the primary site for curatorial experimentation and, as such, represents a relatively new discursive space around artistic practice. Paul O’Neill will describe two of his on-going curatorial enquiries including the project Our Day Will Come, which he will develop for Edmonton. The lecture will present how cumulative and expanding exhibition-forms can constitute an investigation into how the curatorial role is made manifest, through cohesive and co-operative exhibition-making structures applied through close involvement with artists during all stages of the curatorial production. This lecture will look at how co-productive exhibition processes and how multiple agencies and actors are necessary to this and can be can represented the final exhibition-form.


Dr. Paul O’Neill is a curator, artist, writer and educator based in Bristol and New York. He is Director of the Graduate Program at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in New York. Paul has co-curated more than fifty exhibition projects across the world including: The Curatorial Timeshare, Enclave, London (since 2012); Our Day Will Come, Part of Iteration: Again, Hobart, Tasmania (2011); We are Grammar, Pratt Institute, Manhattan Gallery, New York (2011); Coalesce: happenstance, SMART, Amsterdam (2009); Making Do, The Lab, Dublin (2007); General Idea: Selected Retrospective, Project, Dublin (2006); Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London, (2004); Are We There Yet? Glassbox, Paris (2000) and Passports, Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (1998). He is international tutor on the de Appel Curatorial Program, Amsterdam. Between 2001-03, he was the Curator-Director of London Print Studio Gallery, where he curated group shows such as Private Views; Frictions; A Timely Place…Or Getting Back to Somewhere; All That is Solid and solo projects: Albers; Being Childish Billy Childish; Phil Collins Reproduction Timewasted; Harrowed: Faisal Abdu’ Allah and Locating: Corban Walker. He was Artistic Director of Multiples X from 1997-06; an organization that commissioned and supported curated exhibitions of artist’s editions, which he established in 1997 and included exhibitions at spaces such as the ICA, London; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; Ormeau Baths, Belfast; Glassbox, Paris and The Lowry, Manchester.

O’Neill’s writing has been published in many books, catalogues, journals and magazines and he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly. He is reviews editor for Art and the Public Sphere Journal and on the editorial board of The Exhibitionist and The Journal of Curatorial Studies. He is editor of the curatorial anthology, Curating Subjects (2007), and co-editor of Curating and the Educational Turn with Mick Wilson (2010), both published by de Appel and Open Editions (Amsterdam and London), and author of Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (Amsterdam, Valiz, 2011). He recently completed the authored book The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), (Cambridge, MASS., The MIT Press, 2012).