Ryan Kearney (b. 1995) is an independent curator, writer and researcher based in Nottingham. His on-going research centres on participatory and socially engaged curatorial practices, as well as how the displaying of queer archival histories can facilitate communal and intergenerational discussions. 

He completed his undergraduate degree in Photography at London College of Communication in 2016 and his MA in Art History and Curating at the University of Birmingham in 2018.

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. Recent projects include 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). He assists in delivering the public programme of Recent Activity, an non-profit space based in Birmingham.


University of Birmingham
MA Art History and Curating
2017 - 2018

Grand Union
Curatorial Curriculum
May - Oct 2018

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


New Art West Midlands
Engine Bursary

Art Fund
Navigating the Art Market

Nottingham Contemporary
Programme Assistant of Public Programmes
Sep 2019 - Present

Recent Activity
Apr 2017 - Present

Indre Serpytyte
Studio Assistant
Nov 2018 - Sep 2019

Gallery Assistant
Aug 2018 - Sep 2019

University of Birmingham Collections
Research Assistant
Apr - Jun 2018

Argentea Gallery
Curatorial Assistant
Dec 2017 - Aug 2018

Tiwani Contemporary
Gallery Assistant
Feb - Jun 2017

Santa Reparata International School of Art
Project Assistant
Sep - Dec 2016

Laura Bartlett Gallery
Gallery Assistant
Jan - Jul 2016