Online Panel Discussion: What is necessary? Responses from the institutions

RCA School of Arts and Humanities, London, United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020

Image captions: Victor Wang, Zoé Whitley, Julia Grosse, (credit: Benjamin Renter)

Image captions: Victor Wang, Zoé Whitley, Julia Grosse, (credit: Benjamin Renter)

The discussion will explore the current urgency of the arts, examining responses and adaptations from public institutions in terms of addressing the importance and necessity of diversity in the workforce as well as the changes affected by the pandemic.

Zoé Whitley is the Director of Chisenhale Gallery, acclaimed for their contemporary art programmes. She has sixteen years’ experience of creating and delivering innovative and inclusive exhibition programming in some of the UK’s leading national museums and galleries. Whitley served as senior curator at Hayward Gallery prior to which she was Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, where she co-curated with Mark Godfrey the landmark exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” The British Council appointed Zoe Whitley as curator and Cathy Wilkes as artist of the British Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2019.

Victor Wang is currently Artistic Director and Chief Curator of M WOODS museums in Beijing. He was editor of the publication ‘Performance Histories from East Asia 1960s–90s’, and founder of the ‘Institute of Asian Performance Art’.Previously Wang has curated exhibitions with institutions and galleries such as the Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2019); Lisson Gallery, London (2019); Sifang art Museum, Nanjing (2019); ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2018); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Shanghai Photo Fairs, Shanghai (2018); Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017); Cc Foundation & Art Centre, Shanghai (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Pavilion, Shanghai (2016) chi K11 art museum, Shanghai (2016); amongst others. Wang has lectured on curating and contemporary Chinese art at universities such as Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing, Central Saint Martins, London, Royal College of Art, London, and Goldsmiths University, London.

Julia Grosse is a journalist, art historian and co-founder of the art magazines Contemporary And (C&) and C& América Latina. She is a guest lecturer at Institute for Art in Context, UdK in Berlin. Until 2013 she worked as an art critic and columnist in London for FAS, SZ Magazin, AD Magazine and taz. Her book “Ein Leben lang” on the concept of long love was published at Hoffmann und Campe (2018). Most recently, she curated the festival “Friendly Confrontations: Festival für Globale Kunst und Institutionskritik” at the Kammerspiele München.


The event will be held via Zoom Webinar. Please note the link and password will be sent to attendees via email 2 hours before the event. Zoom is a free online App which can be downloaded to your computer/laptop, phone or tablet via this website:


Tue, 28 July 2020
19:00 – 20:00 CEST



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