I am an independent curator, PhD researcher and freelance arts writer in the field of contemporary Asian art, specifically contemporary Chinese art, since 2010 living between the West Midlands (UK) and Shanghai (China). Currently, I work as Research Curator for Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester, UK) and Coordinator for the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) (Birmingham, UK and China).

In my fourth year of PhD study at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), in association with the CCVA, I am critically examining the translation, through interpretation, of contemporary Chinese art in the West since 1980, specifically the notion of “transcultural” curators and curatorial practice.

In an academic capacity, I have been Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art at Loughborough University (UK), Visiting Lecturer in Photography at the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and, more recently, Course Leader in Visual Arts at the Academy of International Visual Arts (AIVA), (Shanghai, China). I have also gained experience in galleries including, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), Today Art Museum (Beijing, China), Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Wolverhampton, UK), New Art Exchange (Nottingham, UK) and Tate Liverpool (Liverpool, UK).

In September 2012, I co-curated the group exhibition ‘NOW INK’ included as part of the ShContemporary 2012, Shanghai (China) in conjunction with working as Curatorial Assistant and Copy Editor for ‘The Unseen’, the Fourth Guangzhou Triennial 2012, Guangzhou (China). As an arts writer, I contribute to various in-print and online magazines and academic journals, most recently to ‘Randian’, and ‘Art Radar Asia’.

In addition to this, I am a practicing text and book artist, using East Asian culture as inspiration, to create interactive, participatory installations and projects, and books using bookbinding, paper-making and paper-engineering techniques, as well as facilitating workshops related to these disciplines to galleries, museums and educational institutions, regionally to internationally. I am interested in notions of archiving, repetitious actions, such as typing and printing, lexicality, language and translation, by exploring the role of the artist as a curator, and participants as collaborators.

Rachel Marsden

Independent Curator - PhD Researcher - Arts Writer - Text & Book Artist


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[Images: Left © Phillip Reed, Middle & Right © Rachel Marsden]