curator, commissioner, writer and educator
Adrian has a background in Dance & Theatre Studies as well as Fine Art. A graduate of the Royal College of Art MA in Curatorial Practice Adrian began his career at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. In 1999 he became Assistant Curator at Tate Modern and was involved in many large scale projects including: Mark Dion's Tate Thames Dig; Bankside Browser; Performing Bodies; Century City; Juan Muñoz Turbine Hall Commission: Double Bind; and exhibitions including Surrealism: Desire Unbound and Barnett Newman. His role as Curator: Exhibitions and Collections at Tate Liverpool from 2002 allowed him to produce projects with the Liverpool Biennial (2002 and 2004); Thomas Ruff; Rut Blees Luxemburg; Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Rebecca Horn and Kara Walker. Adrian’s exhibition: Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance was the first Tate project to explore the presentation of performance in the gallery and the exhibition catalogue was nominated for an AXA Award.
Currently Deputy Director and Senior Curator with the UK Government Art Collection Adrian has commissioned works of art in Algiers, Doha, London, Madrid and Sana’a and has produced Collection displays for locations as diverse as Brussels, Chicago, Khartoum and Skopje. He has acquired work for the Collection by artists such as Mark Titchner, Alexandre da Cunha and the Boyle Family amongst many others. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Adrian is currently writing a handbook of contemporary curatorial practice to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2014 while his Tate Modern Artists monograph on Yoko Ono is on hold.
Adrian writes and curates independently with a number of recent articles focused on artists and galleries in/from east Asia.