Leo Babsky
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Leo Babsky

Art Curator and AdvisorLondon, United Kingdom
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Leo Babsky

Art Curator and AdvisorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Leo is an art curator and consultant specialising in contemporary art, working with emerging and established practitioners. He established his consultancy LB ~ Curatorial in 2016, with a focus on building progressive and ambitious art programs for both corporate and private clients. Leo work's with artists, galleries and institutions to get art placed in select venues throughout the world. We also offer art advisory services to clients wishing to build a collection in addition to curating exhibitions and artist projects. Leo directed the art program at Century Members Club between 2015 and 2018 and The Wellington St James's Members Club, London between 2019 to 2021. Other clients and creative partnerships include The ICA, Bauer Media, Alter - Projects, Anomie Publishing and Thames and Hudson.
Projects
  • FenG CHen WANG AW22 LFW Presentation.
    FenG CHen WANG AW22 LFW Presentation.I was invited to curate a selection of emerging artists to exhibit their work alongside FENG CHEN WANG's London Fashion Week presentation on 21/02/22, creating a dialogue between her own practice and that of the artists. The exhibition featured work from Clare Hoddinott, Enam Gbewonyo, Hannah Murgatroyd, James Lomax, Paul Emmanuel, Raisa Kabir and Sofia Donovan.
  • Kindness Exhibition, curated by AlterProjects and LB~Curatorial.
    Kindness Exhibition, curated by AlterProjects and LB~Curatorial.An exhibition curated by AlterProjects and LB~Curatorial to mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October 2020 as part of Bauer Media Group's #pledgekindness campaign.
  • quarantine playlist for Crush Fanzine
    quarantine playlist for Crush FanzineCrush Fanzine asked me to compile a quarantine playlist for them. The idea behind the playlist was to take time out to accept the unsettling nature of this lockdown period; playlist to allow yourself to be sad to.
  • Curator for The Wellington St James's Members Club.
    Curator for The Wellington St James's Members Club.Leo now directs the art program for The Wellington St James's Restaurant and Members Club. The first hang of permanent collection and artist presentations include works from Damien Hirst, Julian Lennon, Eduardo Paolozzi, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Nick Relph and Hannah Murgatroyd.
  • Head Curator - Century Members Club
    Head Curator - Century Members ClubI direct the art program at Century Private Members Club. Organising all exhibitions- around eight per year - in addition to managing and acquiring works for the Club’s permanent collection. I build brand partnerships with relevant organisations, such as the ICA, and host stand alone art events for members throughout the year.
  • Brand Partnership’s with ICA.
    Brand Partnership’s with ICA.In my role as head curator for Century Members Club I negotiated an informal partnership with the ICA with special rates for Century members on ICA Editions.
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Projects credited in
  • Artists portraits
    Artists portraitsPortrait Photographer for LB Curatorial Art Consultancy at Century Members Club 2016-2018 Providing high quality editorial portraits of artists participating in the programme.
Work history
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    Head CuratorCentury Members Club
    61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6LQ, UKFreelance
    Starting the art program in the club from scratch, Leo has evolved it to include 7 - 8 revolving exhibitions per year, a permanent collection and art related events such as screenings, talks and gallery tours. Leo has brought in exhibitions from The ICA, Workplace, Frestonian Gallery and Fold Gallery, amongst others. Leo has also fostered an ongoing relationship with the ICA Editions dept to allow Century members special rates on editions. Leo also has his own company LB ~ Curatorial through which he runs the Century program in addition to one off projects and art advisory to private clients.
Skills
  • Cultural Criticism
  • Cultural Event
  • Cultural Management
  • Curating
  • Artist Interviews
  • Artist Relations
  • Artist Strategy
  • Artist-brand Partnerships
  • Brand Alignment
  • Brand Building
Education
    Central Saint Martins (UAL) logo
    Central Saint Martins (UAL) logo
    MA Fine ArtCentral Saint Martins (UAL)
    London, United Kingdom