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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Dr Michael Birchall

Residency period

15 October – 21 October 2018

About

Dr Michael Birchall (United Kingdom) is Curator of Public Practice at Tate Liverpool and Senior Lecturer in Exhibition Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. His curatorial practice and research concern socially engaged art, performance, and notions of publicness in museums. He has previously held curatorial appointments at The Banff Centre’ Walter Phillips Gallery and The Western Front (both Canada), as well as at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (Germany). His writing has appeared in FriezeARKEN BulletinOnCuratingModern PaintersC MagazineArt & the Public Sphere, and various exhibition catalogues. Recently, he co-edited Collective Good/Collaborative Efforts (Stavanger: Rogaland Kunstsenter, 2017) and co-curated O.K. – The Musical (2017), an iterative community theatre musical by Christopher Kline at Tate Liverpool. 

Focus

During the residency, Michael Birchall will connect with local artists and institutions committed to socially engaged practices. He will give a lecture titled Curatorial Consciousness. Participation between practice and process in the context of Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Art Education Programme Series.

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Residencies Insights: Curatorial Consciousness. Participation between Practice and Process, lecture by Dr Michael Birchall (United Kingdom), Curator-in-Residence
17 Oct 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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As artists have moved towards models of post-studio practice in which the art object is no longer privileged above other forms, the gallery itself becomes a site for production, dialogue, and debate. In this lecture, Dr Michael Birchall argues that the museum has transformed itself into a site of participation through the facilitation of socially engaged art projects. Whether socially engaged art commissions manifest inside the museum as installations or sites of activity or outside as collaborations with specific communities, curators build special relationships with each stakeholder—the museum, the artist, and the community—and they have become increasingly aware of the role of their audiences as participants.

This talk is presented as part the Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Art Education Programme series.

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BIOGRAPHY

Dr Michael Birchall (United Kingdom) is Curator of Public Practice at Tate Liverpool and Senior Lecturer in Exhibition Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. His curatorial practice and research concern socially engaged art, performance, and notions of publicness in museums. He has previously held curatorial appointments at The Banff Centre’ Walter Phillips Gallery and The Western Front (both Canada), as well as at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (Germany). His writing has appeared in Frieze, ARKEN Bulletin, OnCurating, Modern Painters, C Magazine, Art & the Public Sphere, and various exhibition catalogues. Recently, he co-edited Collective Good/Collaborative Efforts (Stavanger: Rogaland Kunstsenter, 2017) and co-curated O.K. – The Musical (2017), an iterative community theatre musical by Christopher Kline at Tate Liverpool. 

Image caption: Alex Turgeon, The Tilting at Windmills, 2017. Courtesy Tate Liverpool.