Lara Goodband – Contemporary Art Curator & Programmer
T: 01392 265993
Linked In profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/laragoodband/
This is a new post for RAMM and is the result of extra Arts Council England funding to increase the opportunities for artists to work with the museum and art gallery and its collections. I will be curating new exhibitions of contemporary art inspired by objects in the rich collections at RAMM. I will also be commissioning new work by some of the best artists working in Britain today and working with the teams here at RAMM to programme contemporary art events and integrate contemporary art into collection displays. I’ve already started to talk to partner galleries, artists and art groups in the city, county and wider region about possible partnerships and will be encouraging artists to make work inspired by the varied collections.
I have over 20 years’ experience as an art curator in galleries, museums and unusual places and spaces. Most recently I initiated, curated and delivered major contemporary art exhibitions and education projects as part of Hull City of Culture. I was part of the Ferens Art Gallery curatorial team that enabled its position on the shortlist for Museum of the Year 2017. From 2011 to 2013 I directed international programmes for Cultural Olympiad including the award-winning Sea Swim project. My experience includes strategic planning and partnerships across cultural institutions as well as co-directing the large-scale, outdoor contemporary art project York Curiouser in 2014/5. As Director of Exeter Culture based at the University of Exeter I recruited a new steering group, developed its vision and brand and commissioned the new arts and culture strategy. I’ve lived in Exeter since December 2017.
I studied English Literature/History of Art [EQUAL] at the University of York (1990-93) before a diploma in Fine Art and then an MA in History of Art at the University of Manchester. I have been an Associate of the Museums Association since 2000. My first job was as Exhibitions Curator at York Art Gallery.