Rebecca Shatwell is a curator with 16 years experience of working across visual art, sound and film. Since 2008 she has been director of AV Festival, re-positioning the event into a major biennial of contemporary visual art, attracting over 90,000 visits. She has curated the past three editions of the Festival, including solo exhibitions and newly commissioned projects with artists including Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Lara Almarcegui, James Benning, Duncan Campbell, Lav Diaz, Hamish Fulton, Cyprien Gaillard, On Kawara, and Jessica Warboys, amongst many others.
Previously she worked at CCA, Glasgow and founded alt.gallery an independent space for sound art. In addition she has experience of arts policy through her work with Arts Council England.
Rebecca is currently curating the 2016 and 2018 editions of the Festival. The curatorial framework re-appraises George Orwell’s polemical 1936 book ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ – an account of working class life in industrialised society – for a contemporary post-capitalist world. She is particularly interested in commissioning artists to make more ambitious research-based work in response to industrial histories, politics and landscape.
She would be keen to develop co-commissions or co-curated projects with the host, or to even present a collaborative edition of the Festival in Ukraine.