Jeni Walwin is a curator, writer and public art consultant
Jeni Walwin is a curator, writer and public art consultant. After fourteen years as a curator in regional galleries and as an Arts Council officer Jeni has worked independently since 1990. She has undertaken a range of projects which include managing public art commissions, selecting exhibitions, and devising strategies for contemporary art programmes.
Public Art Projects
Her current projects include a new public art commission for Wiltshire Council’s remodelled County Hall, a programme of artists' film installations for the 2013 WOMAD festival, and an artist’s project for a new housing scheme developed by East Thames in Tower Hamlets. Between 2001 and 2011 she was Project Director for Artists in the City, the public art programme in Reading, where she worked with the local authority, private developers, architects and many local organisations to create opportunities for artists to make new work for a variety of city centre contexts.
With the artist Henry Krokatsis, she devised and selected You’ll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference a national touring exhibition for the Hayward Gallery that travelled to museums and galleries around the UK. For many years she has worked as an associate curator with the Contemporary Art Society, and in particular was the lead curator for the annual ARTfutures exhibition. For the Pump House Gallery in London she curated I am the Warrior with Juneau Projects.
In 2009/10 she worked with Graham Devlin to produce the contemporary art strategy for British Waterways. In 2011 she was commissioned by Wiltshire Council to develop an Art Strategy for the County Hall, proposing the means by which the County Art Collections could enjoy wider public access and recommending ways in which contemporary artists could respond to the collections and contribute to the new public spaces.
She writes on an occasional basis for art journals, books and catalogues, and her essay on the appeal of volatile materials will appear in the 2013 issue of Performance Research. In 2010 she edited Searching for Art’s New Publics for Intellect Books. She is the author of Low Tide: Writings on Artists’ Collaborations for Black Dog, and for Rivers Oram she co-edited A Split Second of Paradise: Writings on Live Art, Performance and Installation
Voluntary and Advisory Positions
She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Drawing Room, a Nominator for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize, and in 2012/3 a Nominator for the Arts Foundation Sculpture Award
Prior to working independently in 1990, Jeni held two positions at the Arts Council of England national office from 1983 until 1990 (first as Combined Arts Officer, and then as Live Art Officer). She was previously Curator of Exhibitions at South Hill Park Arts Centre, and prior to that Assistant Curator at The Minories (now Firstsite) Colchester.