Michael is an experienced curator, creative producer/project manager and arts programmer. He is the Online Education Manager at Magnum Photos. He previously worked at QUAD, a National Portfolio Organisation that specialises in contemporary visual art and digital practice. He was also an integral part of the team behind three editions of FORMAT International Photography Festival, the UK’s largest and most significant biennale in contemporary photography. He has curated 25+ exhibitions for QUAD, has overseen 45+ artistic commissions and numerous residencies, and developed and delivered various public programme strands. He also works as a freelance producer and curator with cultural and charitable organisations, as well as delivering his own curatorial and publishing projects independently. Michael is regularly invited to speak at educational institutions and has been a portfolio reviewer at organisations/festivals related to contemporary photography including: GRAIN Projects, Magnum, Voies Off and Rencontres d’Arles.
Key team member working to deliver FORMAT International Photography Festival, the UK’s leading biennale in contemporary photography and related media, and its year round programme of high-profile exhibitions, international commissions, professional development and collaborations with UK and international partners. The last edition of the festival occurred 24 March – 23 April 2017 and featured over 200 artists exhibiting across 15 venues in Derby City Centre and beyond. We presented a programme of over 40 events including conferences and talks, the UK’s largest portfolio review, workshops, family activities and more. Key Responsibilities: • Development, marketing and management of the festival international open call, gaining more than 980 submissions • Managed the production and delivery of a major, large-scale public exhibition in Derby City Centre featuring newly commissioned work by artists Liz Hingley, Tom Hunter and the international collective Discipula • Lead coordinator and programmer for month-long festival programme featuring a photo book market, numerous talks, tours, film screenings and workshops • Lead producer on the festival’s Photobook Market, working closely with a guest curator to develop a programme of activity • Lead on production the festival guide including overseeing design and print • Contribute to the curation and deliver the exhibition of over 200 artists across 15 venues in Derby City Centre and satellite venues; management of artists, external venues • The conception and development of two limited-edition craft ales with local partners and suppliers • Partnership building with local businesses and cultural organisations • Editorial support for the printed festival catalogue and key liaison with designers • Mentoring and management of multiple placement students
Assistant Curator at QUAD, a National Portfolio Organisation that specialises in contemporary visual art and digital practice. Working closely the Artistic Director and Senior Curator to develop and deliver a programme of engaging, high-quality exhibitions and related public programme. Curated and managed a year-round programme of exhibitions in QUAD's public gallery spaces, manages budgets, commissions, residencies and developing partnerships with various private and public sector organisations. Previous Exhibitions: • TEAMLAB (Dec 2016 - Feb 2017) - What a Loving, and Beautiful World (2011), is a 3-screen installation of projected computer generated artworks which that immersed audiences in a stunning interactive art experience. • GLITCHED (Sept - Nov 2016) - An experimental and innovative interactive art exhibition created by a team of international artists, curators and museums utilising augmented reality and game engine technology. Co-curated by Peter Bonnell and Michael Sargeant • WILL HURT: CONFIGURATIONS (Dec 2016 - Feb 2017) - Solo exhibition by Norwich-based Will Hurt including new site-specific work – part of his ongoing Automated Spatial Transformations series – in which software creates digital models of the QUAD building. • DIZZY INK: THREE MONTHS ON (Sept - Nov 2016) - an exhibition reflecting on the time since the EU Referendum. Through workshops, a curated submission and newly produced artworks the walls of QUAD's public spaces were transformed by politically charged posters. • EAST MEETS WEST 2.0 (July - Sept 2016) - Group show featuring 16 emerging artists working in photography and moving image based in the Midlands region. Partnership with GRAIN Projects. • NORIKO OKAKU: THE INTERPRETER (Dec 2015 - Jan 2016) - Solo exhibition by Noriko Okaku following a 3-month residency and commission in partnership with Animate Projects, QUAD and D-Lab, featuring original collage works, animation and limited edition Tarot Card publication.