Curating an exhibition is an attempt to construct a narrative that, hopefully, illuminates and offers useful context to the work of an artist, or a group of artists; to an issue or history. I’ve found the role fascinating but in many ways extremely challenging.
Selector for The Makers Eye: Crafts Council: 1981
Emmanuel Cooper’s selections included a Triumph Bonneville motorbike; a pot by Hans Coper and a banner by John Dugger for The Clash. This image was taken by Red Saunders and commissioned by The Sunday Times.
Commissioned portrait of Cooper taken by Phil Sayer for the exhibition.
Flyer for 'The Maker's Eye' - the Crafts Council exhibition was held at the Crafts Council Gallery from 13 January to 28 March 1982.
Selector for CPA 25th anniversary exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1983
Curator for Geoffrey Whiting retrospective, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 1989
Curator for Bringing it All Home: Art Made by Communities in Wales from 1790 to present day
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 1992
Curator for On The Edge: Art Meets Craft, Kettle’s Yard/Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 1992/1993
Curator for The People’s Art, Angel Row Gallery and national tour, 1994
Curator of David Lloyd Jones retrospective, York City Art Gallery, 1996.
Curator for [Un]Limited,
Crafts Council, 1999
Curator for Bernard Leach and Mark Tobey,
Tate St Ives, 2001
Emmanuel Cooper at the opening of Concept and Form: Bernard Leach, which he curated for Penlee House Gallery & Museum, 2002. National tour