Ryan Kearney is a curator, writer and researcher based in Nottingham, UK. His on-going research centres on queer night-time space, 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. He was co-curator at Recent Activity from 2017-19 and has delivered projects at Birmingham Hippodrome; Galerija Vartai; Parafin; Block Universe; and Grand Union. Ryan’s writing features in Frieze and this is tomorrow.

He studied at University of the Arts London, University of Birmingham and participated in Curatorial Curriculum, Grand Union’s alternative education programme. Ryan is a member of Tate and Paul Mellon Centre’s Emerging Curator Group, 2020-21.

EDUCATION

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

EXPERIENCE

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

The Contemporary Journal
Editorial Assistant
Sep 2019 - Present

Recent Activity
Co-curator
Apr 2017 - Oct 2019

Indrė Šerpytytė
Studio Assistant
Nov 2018 - Sep 2019

Parafin
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

AWARDS


Tate/British Art Network
Emerging Curators Group
2020

a-n
a-n Mentoring Bursary
2019

New Art West Midlands
Engine Bursary
2018

Art Fund
Navigating the Art Market
2018

TALKS

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Feb 2020

Barber Institute of Fine Art
Feb 2019

Camberwell College of Art
Jan 2018