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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.
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.
Managing a busy design studio, tapping into many multi-disciplinary areas such as exhibition and interior design, architecture and contemporary art.
Project assistant on the Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary exhibition.
- Researching current youth trends - Writing and editing articles - Composing and executing interviews on emerging visual art talent, which are published on the MTV blog
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.
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.
Became FOH Manager after performing duties at the bar, set build and FOH from as early as 2005.
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.
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.
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.
Managing and training staff, responsible for acquiring stock, setting prices and general running of the shop.