One-to-one Mentoring with Melanie Pocock


Melanie Pocock, Curator, IKON Gallery, Birmingham. Photograph by Ken Cheong

March 2022 with follow up sessions in October 2022

Melanie Pocock is Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, where she is responsible for exhibitions, off-site projects and publications. Recent exhibitions include THE END OF FUN! (2020) by Krištof Kintera, and Dreamworld (2021), the first solo exhibition in Europe by leading Thai artist Mit Jai Inn. She is currently working on Horror in the Modernist Block (2022–23), a group exhibition which explores the relationship between the aesthetics of architectural modernism and horror. Prior to Ikon, she was Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2014–19), where she organised more than 60 exhibitions with Southeast Asian and international artists. As a writer she regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs, and has written essays, articles and reviews for ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, LEAP, Ocula, The Financial Times, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Di’van | A Journal of Accounts and Third Text. In 2014, she edited and co-wrote the first monograph on the work of Malaysian artist Shooshie Sulaiman, published by Kerber Verlag.

One-to-one Mentoring is open to curators and artists who wish to develop their understanding of contemporary curatorial methodologies, in relation to their own practice. During two sessions, critical feedback is given on specific projects that are currently in progress. In addition, general guidance, a frame of relevant references, developmental advice and sample approaches to planning will be discussed in detail, to be picked up upon again at a second session with each individual in later in 2022.

To apply artists are asked to submit:

  • An expression of interest (100 words max) specifying what you wish to gain from the one-to-one sessions.
  • A short biography (75-100 words max)with website link or other relevant links

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