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Alex Farquharson

The Trade Halls of Glasgow, 85 Glassford St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1UH

11 March 2010

The 'Detours' series presents diverse views from elsewhere by leading curators, critics and museum directors. Speakers explore the connection between practice and context: looking at how different institutions and professional, curatorial practices have taken shape in relation to specific places or situations.

As part of the 'Detours' series, The Common Guild presented Alex Farquharson, curator of the new Nottingham Contemporary, which opened in November 2009.

Alex Farquharson is the Director of Nottingham Contemporary, which opened on 14 November 2009. Nottingham Contemporary’s first exhibition, David Hockney (1960 – 68) and Frances Stark attracted over 80,000 visitors. Its new exhibition is Star City: the Future Under Communism, which Alex curated with Lukasz Ronduda. Other group exhibition curatorial credits include The Impossible Prison in a Victorian prison and That Beautiful Pale Face is My Fate (for Lord Byron) at Newstead Abbey, both off-site pre-opening Nottingham Contemporary exhibitions in 2008. He curated If Everybody Had an Ocean: Brian Wilson – an Art Exhibition at Tate St Ives and CAPC Bordeaux in 2006-2007; Le Voyage Interieur, curated with Alexis Vaillant, at Espace Electra in Paris in 2005 – 2006; and British Art Show 6, with Andrea Schlieker, in Gateshead, Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol in 2005 – 2006. He lead the Curatorial Studies module on the Curating Contemporary Art MA at Royal College of Art from 2001 to 2007 as a Visiting Tutor and Research Fellow. His writing has appeared in various art magazines (including Frieze, Artforum, Art Monthly Metropolis M) and numerous exhibition catalogues and other publications, such as Phaildon’s Isa Genzken monograph and the Whitechapel’s readers on Gothic, The Artist’s Joke and Utopia.