Michael Irwin

Michael Irwin

Assistant Curator: Late at TateLondon, United Kingdom
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Michael Irwin

Michael Irwin

Assistant Curator: Late at TateLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Curator, researcher and artist, specialising in developing new audiences through the creation of multiple entry points to the museum. Working with museum collections or temporary exhibitions, my work aims to create a feel of urgency and relevance to as wider audience as possible, with a specific focus on those with least access to the arts. Combining my curatorial background with my more recent work with museum learning teams, I aim to increase cross departmental collaboration on an institutional and sector wide scale, as a foundation for creating a rigorous programme, both in terms of research and delivery.
Projects
  • Late at Tate Britain: Social Justice, Friday 6 September 2019
    Late at Tate Britain: Social Justice, Friday 6 September 2019Creating a space for creative protest and debate Protest and demonstrations often play a key role in affecting political change. Our 1819: The Year’s Art display focuses on work from the year of the Peterloo Massacre. The massacre took place in St Peter’s Field, Manchester. A meeting calling for political reform was brutally broken up by soldiers. Fifteen people died. In response to this display, Tate Collective Producers and Plymouth College of Art are joining together to make Tate Britain a
  • Late at Tate Britain: Passage, Friday 2 August 2019
    Late at Tate Britain: Passage, Friday 2 August 2019Explore the world of Frank Bowling Inspired by one of the great British abstract expressionists, Frank Bowling, we look at the word ‘Passage’. Passage of music, poetry, the passage we take from A to B or in the terms ‘right of passage’. Curated by the Tate Collective Producers and the Bowling family, join us for an evening of interactive workshops, discussions and performances, looking at the significance of Frank Bowling’s own life passage. MUSIC #SNC100 present Black Top in conversation & LI
  • Late at Tate Britain: Time, 5 July 2019
    Late at Tate Britain: Time, 5 July 2019A night exploring the meaning of time Now and then, sooner or later, we have to talk about time. Running out of it, up against it, just needing a bit more of it, time is one thing in life that makes us all equal. Join us for an neighbourly collaboration between Chelsea College of Arts and Late at Tate Britain. For this Late at Tate Britain, we have invited students from Chelsea College of Arts to explore thoughts and ideas around time. Expect a mix of music, discussion, workshops and performan
  • Late at Tate Britain: Waves, 7 June 2019
    Late at Tate Britain: Waves, 7 June 2019Join us for a night exploring the past, present and future of women and non-binary artists This Late at Tate Britain is inspired by the 60 Years display that highlights women's contribution to British art. Through workshops, performances and talks, we invite you to the alternative history presented in the display. We ask: what does the art of women and non-binary people look like today? What is the relationship between an artist’s identity and the institution? What does the future hold for thes
  • TATE COLLECTIVE PRODUCERS X ASPIRE PRESENT FETE AT TATE, 6 July 2019
    TATE COLLECTIVE PRODUCERS X ASPIRE PRESENT FETE AT TATE, 6 July 2019Welcoming home a masterpiece The Tate Collective Producers have teamed up with Aspire to host a modern take on the classic British fete. Celebrating the acquisition of one of John Constable’s most recognised works, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831, the fete will explore a variety of modern responses through sound, film, workshops and more to one of the most significant recent additions to the nations collection. PERFORMANCE Carleen de Sozer X Tate Collective Producers X Salisbury Muse
  • Late at Tate Britain: Strife, 5 April 2019
    Late at Tate Britain: Strife, 5 April 2019A night exploring film making, photography and social documentary With mobile technology becoming more advanced, it gives all of us a chance to have a go at film making and photography. But have you ever thought about the relationship between the subjects in your photos and you? In response to the powerful Don McCullin exhibition, we're asking you to think about the everyday use of photography, fine art photography and social documentary. WORKSHOP LDN City Takeover, Wired4Music Presents Safe a
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Projects credited in
  • Routes In Careers Fair
    Routes In Careers FairTate Modern's first careers fair offered a chance for young people to meet arts industry insiders, connect with other creatives in a lounge hosted by BBZ and listen to a series of talks from inspirational women working in creative industries.
  • Insights: Creativity, Race & Mental Health
    Insights: Creativity, Race & Mental HealthIn light of recent evidence that suggests young people's wellbeing has fallen over the past year, the discussion shines a light on what it means to use the creative process as a tool to navigate trauma. Join musician Azekel and mental health advocate and artist Laho Musa Jebak to talk about the the relationship between race and mental health from the male perspective and its links to creative processes. Following a screening of Azekel's recent work Our Father, our contributors discuss their pers
  • Queer & Now Festival
    Queer & Now FestivalQueer and Now celebrates the powerful role of LGBTQ+ arts and culture in today's society In 2017, Tate Britain’s exhibition, Queer British Art (1861–1967) looked through a queer lens at a century of art prior to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
  • How I Got My Job At Tate
    How I Got My Job At TateHear from four of our staff about the routes they took in to their creative careers.
  • LDN WMN
    LDN WMN#LDNWMN is live! Working in conjunction with GLA Culture Team and Tate Collective, Jack Arts helped to curate, produce and manage this incredible public art project. LDN WMN highlights unsung heroes who have each contributed amazing things to London's history. The project, part of Mayor Sadiq Khan's #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, marks 100 years since women in the UK first won the vote. 20 female and non-binary Tate Collective artists have created their tributes in the form of murals, carpets,
  • Late at Tate Britain: Don't Worry
    Late at Tate Britain: Don't WorryJanuary 2019. Tate Collective Producer, curating the 'Late at Tate' event programming a workshop with the School of Life on the theme of Art as therapy. A night exploring art and well-being, inspired by the work of Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed Late at Tate Britain is a space for celebrating and showcasing young, emerging creatives. At a time of political and economical uncertainty, ease your mind and enjoy the Tate Collective Producers's response to the work of Martin Creed. Expec
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Work history
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    Assistant Curator: Late at TateTATE
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Delivering the monthly Late at Tate Britain programme. Creating a space for under represented voices in the gallery space, and giving opportunity and autonomy to Tate Young People's group, Tate Collective Producers.
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    Founder/DirectorFloat.
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Float. is an open platform for showcasing and supporting artists by forming collectives and bridging the gap between artist and art institutions. The programme offers an open platform to share ideas, create dialogues, and begin dynamic collaborations. Through exhibitions, workshops, peer lead activities and discussions, Float. aims to connect artists of different backgrounds, disciplines and career positions. With this approach the diverse programme offers professional development, skill sharing and critique across a variety of exhibition opportunities and practice related conversations. See less
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Skills
  • Curating Content
  • Project Management
  • Project Conception
  • Research
  • Programme Management
  • Programme Development
  • Audience Engagement
  • Audience Development
  • Exhibition Coordinating
  • Exhibition Curation