King’s Cross appoints curatorial team

Posted: Wednesday 29th June 2016

The King’s Cross development partnership (KCCLP)  have announced the appointment of Tamsin Dillon and Rebecca Heald as its new curators, working in a three year scope, to head up The King’s Cross Project, an ambitious plan for art commissions across the 67 acre neighbourhood.

The King’s Cross Project is a programme of art commissions for both the buildings and the public spaces of King’s Cross. With over 5.5 million visitors enjoying the area, and a growing residential and business population, King’s Cross is a hub, not only at the heart of London, but also a route to the North and East of the UK, to Europe and beyond.

Tamsin Dillon is a renowned curator, committed to innovative and challenging curatorial practice and developing opportunities for artists to create new work for audiences beyond the confines of the museum and gallery. She is perhaps best known for her role as Director of Art on the Underground, a contemporary art programme that has made a major contribution to the reputation of Transport for London, which she led until 2014. Since then she has worked as Head of Exhibitions at Tate Liverpool and more recently she has been a Curator working as part of the 14-18 Now national culture programme to mark 100 years since the First World War. Among other public projects, she was a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Turner Contemporary in Margate and a member of the commissioning group for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, and a member of the new Arts on the Waterways advisory group for the Canal and River Trust in the UK. She is a member of the Jury for The Turner Prize 2016.

Rebecca Heald is a curator with extensive experience working nationally and internationally, and has worked in exhibition and education departments at Tate Britain, the Hayward Gallery, Sadie Coles HQ and Art on the Underground. Driven by a belief in the necessity to create genuine connections with diverse audiences, her recent curatorial projects include: Thinking Tantra in Mumbai, touring to London’s Drawing Room (2016); The House of Ferment with Grizedale Arts and Science Gallery London (2015); and Trevor Paglen’s An English Landscape (An American Surveillance Base near Harrogate) (2014). Recent exhibitions include: Points of Departure at the ICA, London (2013) and Bodies that Matter, Galeri Mana, Istanbul (2013). Between 2009 and 2013 she was Director of New Contemporaries, the UK’s foremost organisation working with new and emerging artists. She is currently Tutor in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art.

Speaking about the programme, Ian Freshwater, Project Director, Argent LLP, said:

“We are proud to take forward this ambitious vision for an integrated programme of temporary and permanent artworks, all developed with multiple audiences in mind and in many cases directly involving community participation. Part of our mission to make King’s Cross an international destination for the arts, we believe The King’s Cross Project has the potential to a make a real contribution to the development of the site as a dynamic and evolving destination in the heart of London with a long-term legacy for the city.”

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