1525: Behind the Scenes Conversations - Ryan Kearney

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Behind the Scenes Conversations is a series of discussions between Nottingham Contemporary's young people's collective - 1525 Collective, and a member of staff at Nottingham Contemporary, developed into a podcast format for you to listen to at home.

In this episode 1525 Collective chat to Nottingham Contemporary's former Assistant Curator of Public Programmes and Research, Ryan Kearney.

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Ryan Kearney is a curator and researcher based in the Midlands. Working collaboratively across exhibitions and live programmes, he is the founder of Queer Space Archive, an initiative that looks to document unrecorded queer space.

Currently a PhD Candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and supported by the Bartlett Promise Scholarship, Ryan previously worked as Assistant Curator at Nottingham Contemporary, Co-Curator at Recent Activity, and has delivered projects at the 58th Venice Biennale; Birmingham Hippodrome; Block Universe; and Grand Union. Ryan’s writing features in Frieze and this is tomorrow.

He studied at the University of the Arts London and the University of Birmingham, and is a member of Tate and Paul Mellon Centre’s Emerging Curator Group, 2020-21 and the School of Social Entrepreneurs’ Start-Up Programme, 2021-22.

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