Independent curator and producer
After graduating from Reading University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, Paul Bonaventura organised shows of modern and contemporary art, firstly as Exhibitions Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford and subsequently as Senior Exhibitions Organiser at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.
In 1994 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art Studies at the University of Oxford where he devised and delivered a twenty-year programme of exhibitions, commissions, fellowships and publications. Shortlisted for the Prudential Awards for the Arts and the National Art Collections Fund Prize, the programme encouraged collaborations between artists and experts from other disciplines and latterly included major contributions by John Gerrard to the London 2012 Festival, Elizabeth Price to the Contemporary Art Society Annual Awards, Chloe Dewe Mathews to 14-18 NOW and Cornelia Parker to Magna Carta 800.
Since 2015 he has been operating as an independent curator and producer. Recent projects include Electricity: The spark of life at Wellcome Collection in London, Teylers Museum in Haarlem and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’ at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes and Mauritshuis in The Hague, and Starry starry nights (or a few astral weeks) for Art UK. He is currently working on new projects with English Heritage, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh and Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh.