Independent Curator, Soft Opening
Antonia Marsh (born 1988, London, UK) is a British curator whose practice focuses on the work of young and emerging contemporary artists based in the UK and overseas. After her BA in Art History from Bristol University, she completed her MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and has since curated over thirty exhibitions as an independent curator.
She founded and ran the residency program for female artists Girls Only from 2014-2016 and has since curated exhibitions in London, Copenhagen, Venice, New York, San Francisco, Mumbai and Tokyo. At present she runs the project space Soft Opening in London’s Piccadilly Circus and is about to launch a second residency program. Marsh lives and works in London.
Holly Willats is an independent curator and the Director of
the arts organisation, Art Licks. Having founded Art Licks in 2010, she has
since edited 22 issues of its magazine, directed five editions of its London
festival (the Art Licks Weekend) and produced and curated various artist
events, including those at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Institute of
Contemporary Art, and South London Gallery. Last year, whilst running Art Licks
she also carried out a curatorial residency at FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá,
Colombia (funded by Arts Council England & the British Council). In 2017
she curated the residency and exhibition On
the heights at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and co-curated the exhibition House Work at 53 Beck Road, London.
Shonagh Marshall is an independent London-based fashion curator focusing on clothing’s role in contemporary culture. Shonagh began her career archiving the Alexander McQueen Collection for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Following this, she archived the Christian Louboutin Collection and the Isabella Blow Collection.
Appointed curator at Somerset House in 2013 she co-curated Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! — the first exhibition to explore the late, great fashion editor’s clothing collection and life story.
An independent curator since 2016, Shonagh has curated Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney (11th May- 28th August 2016), Utopian Voices, Here and Now at Somerset House (6th July- 29th August 2016) and Hair by Sam McKnight at Somerset House (2nd November 2016 - 12th March 2017). Alongside this curatorial work Shonagh founded The Ground Floor Project in 2017 which works with brands on cultural projects. The first, in partnership with The Outnet, is a three part investigation into the role of gesture and pose in fashion. Comprising of exhibition Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion (1st - 12th November 2017), film commission 'Learning to Transcend the Physical Body' by Coco Capitán and book Posturing published by Self Publish, Be Happy.
Independent Curator, Internet Art
Maisie Florence Post is an independent curator specialising in internet art, who graduated from Criticism, Communication and Curation at Central Saint Martins in 2015. She is principally interested in how the internet can democratise the art world. Her first exhibition ‘What Do You Meme?’ gained momentum online and eventually went viral, becoming the first meme exhibition of its kind. Last year Maisie curated GIF exhibition, ‘IN A GIFFY’, at Doomed Gallery as part of a new digital project series ‘Behind the Bars’. She then went on to curate 'Smack My Glitch Up' at DKUK, portraying glitch art in its many formats. This ran alongside a glitch making workshop titled 'Jpeg Crush' as part of Art Licks Weekend. Maisie is a frequent contributor to Screen Shot Magazine, an online platform that focuses on socio-political issues through a digital lens.