Polona Dolzan

Curator & Creative

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About me

 

Polona Dolzan is a London-based curator with a background in theatre design and creative direction. Her focus is curating events, exhibitions and performance. She has also curated projects internationally including an exhibition on emerging UK based fashion talent in MuseumsQuartier in Vienna as well a number of Friday Late events including Kensington Gore! (2012), Go Figure at Wanderlust, Paris (2012) and Yohji Yamamoto at Play (2011). Polona has also organised and curated events at the SHUNT Lounge as well as established and coordinated multimedia collaborations with designers and artists. She has project managed various exhibitions and events at the V&A, notably the architecture retrospective Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary. After an exciting year with the interior designer extraordinaire, Harriet Anstruther, Polona has been appointed Curatorial and Project Assistant at the Fashion Space Gallery and the International Exhibitions Programme at London College of Fashion in January 2014.

Skills

 

  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Fine Art
  • Design
  • Creative
  • Project Management

Work history

Currently

Curatorial & Project Assistant

University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion

Jan 2014
  • Assisting on various multidisciplinary projects with Fashion Space Gallery and International Exhibitions Programme at London College of Fashion. I recently curated an exhibition on Alexander McQueen and his catwalk make-up titled WARPAINT at Fashion Space Gallery.

Currently

Regular Contributor

Slashstroke Magazine

Sep 2009

2013

Studio Manager & Project Administrator

Harriet Anstruther Studio Ltd

Sep 2012 - Dec 2013
  • Managing a busy design studio, tapping into many multi-disciplinary areas such as exhibition and interior design, architecture and contemporary art.

2012

Project Assistant & Contemporary Team

Victoria and Albert Museum

Sep 2011 - Aug 2012
  • Project assistant on the Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary exhibition.

2012

Programme Assistant

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Sep 2011 - Mar 2012

2011

Manager & Senior Buyer

Music and Goods Exchange Ltd

Nov 2002 - Nov 2011
  • Managing and training staff, responsible for acquiring stock, setting prices and general running of the shop.

2011

Project & Editorial Assistant

Swatch MTV Playground Blog

Mar 2011 - Nov 2011
  • - Researching current youth trends - Writing and editing articles - Composing and executing interviews on emerging visual art talent, which are published on the MTV blog

2010

Curator, Fashion Exhibition ’fish and Chips

Museums Quartier, Vienna

Apr 2010 - Sep 2010
  • Co-curated with Emma Bell, the exhibition focuses on the industry's most forward thinking creatives from all over the world who are based in the UK, including designers; Louise Gray, Charlie Le Mindu, Scott Ramsay Kyle, Piers Atkinson, Dashing Tweeds, Louise Amstrup, Cooperative Designs, Nicholas Kirkwood and Craig Lawrence. Also presenting as part of this showcase are creative talents from complimenting industries including contributors; photographers Matthew Brindle and Thom Will, Illustrator Laura Bell, fashion film from Mirrored Palm (Margarita Louca), animator Will Adams and Stylist Alexis Knox. The project is supported in co-operation with The British Embassy Vienna and The Federal Ministry for European Affairs alongside a selection of respected sponsors and media partners. freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna. June 10th 2010- September 12th 2010 Upon conclusion the exhibition received almost 30.000 visitors - a record breaking number for the host venue.

2010

Assistant to Curator & Yohji Yamamoto Exhibition

Victoria and Albert Museum

Sep 2009 - Apr 2010
  • Assistant to curator, Ligaya Salazar on Yohji Yamamoto Exhibition (opening Mar 2011) and taking part in other events (Friday Late) and exhibitions (Telling Tales, DECODE) concieved by the Contemporary Team.

2010

FOH Manager

Shunt

Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
  • Became FOH Manager after performing duties at the bar, set build and FOH from as early as 2005.

2010

General Assistant

Shunt Theatre

Aug 2005 - Mar 2010
  • London Bridge Vaults. Shows included: Tropicana, Amato Saltone, Money. In May 2008, also Event Manager for Euroversion. From August 2009, appointed Front-of-House Manager for both the Lounge and Money projects. Duties included: - Managing the rota - Staff training and supervision - First point of contact for visitors and members - Managing memberships - Cashing up and accounts - Attending and minuting meetings - Liaising between departments.

2009

Telling Tales Exhibition & Assistant to Project Manager in Contemporary Team

Victoria and Albert Museum

May 2009 - Aug 2009
  • Fear and Fantasy in Contemporary Design exhibition, Contemporary Programmes, Victoria and Albert Museum. Duties included: - Liaising with the curator and designers' studios, as well as internal V&A departments - Dealing with government indemnity - Assisting with scheduling and exhibition install - Object handling during installation - Proofing exhibition text - Collating object lists - Liaising with lenders - Minuting meetings - Making travel arrangements - Peparing courier packs and general admin.

2006

Assistant General Manager

Hussein Chalayan Studio

Nov 2005 - Mar 2006
  • London. Duties included: - Managing logistics for the A/W 2006 show at Caroussel du Louvre in Paris - Organising loans and sales of artefacts for Anglomania exhibition at MET and Radical Fashion at AIANY, New York - Archive keeping and overseeing storage facilities - Couriering, handling and condition checking loans for Musée Galliéra in Paris - Answering all enquiries related to the studio including those from press and stylists.

Education

2008

MA Communication, Art Design

Royal College of London

Jan 2006 - Jan 2008

    2006

    BA(Hons) , Theatre; Design for Performance

    University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art Design

    Aug 2003 - Jun 2006

      2003

      BA(Hons) , Foundation Art and Design

      University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins

      Aug 2002 - Jun 2003