Ryan Kearney


Ryan Kearney is a curator and writer based in Nottingham, UK. His on-going research centres on the history, politics and recording of queer night-time spaces. He is programme assistant of public programmes and research at Nottingham Contemporary and editorial assistant at The Contemporary Journal.




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Ryan Kearney is a curator, writer, and researcher based in Nottingham, UK. Ryan’s on-going research centres on queer night-time spaces, with a focus on gentrification, memory and cross-generational exchange.

As programme assistant of public programmes and research at Nottingham Contemporary, he assists the research and production of discursive events including talks, screenings and performances. Previously, he co-delivered the public programme at Recent Activity, an artist-run space in Birmingham, UK.

Recent independent projects include A Map of Queer Brum (2019); If Memory Serves, Birmingham Hippodrome (2019); The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked), Recent Activity (2019); Three Models for Change, STRYX (2018); Rainbow Flag / Trojan Horse: Ian Giles, Recent Activity (2018); and Queering the Archive, Recent Activity (2017). Ryan's writing has appeared in this is tomorrow and In the Pink, a publication launched by Grand Union and SHOUT Festival in November 2018. He holds a BA from the University of the Arts London, an MA from the University of Birmingham and recently participated in the CAMPUS Independent Study Programme at Nottingham Contemporary.


    University of Birmingham
    MA Art History and Curating
    2017 - 2018

    Nottingham Contemporary
    CAMPUS Independent Study Programme
    2019 - 2020

    Grand Union
    Curatorial Curriculum
    May - Oct 2018

    University of the Arts London
    BA (Hons) Photography
    2013 - 2016


    Nottingham Contemporary
    Programme Assistant of Public Programmes and Research
    Sep 2019 - Present

    The Contemporary Journal
    Editorial Assistant
    Sep 2019 - Present

    Recent Activity
    Apr 2017 - Oct 2019

    Indre Serpytyte
    Studio Assistant
    Nov 2018 - Sep 2019

    Gallery Coordinator
    Aug 2018 - Sep 2019
    Argentea Gallery
    Curatorial Assistant
    Dec 2017 - Aug 2018

    Tiwani Contemporary
    Gallery Assistant (Internship)
    Feb - Jun 2017

    Laura Bartlett Gallery
    Gallery Assistant (Internship)
    Jan - Jul 2016


    a-n Mentoring Bursary

    New Art West Midlands
    Engine Bursary

    Art Fund
    Navigating the Art Market


    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
    Feb 2020

    Barber Institute of Fine Art
    Feb 2019

    Camberwell College of Art
    Jan 2018