Hall A, 2F Onehome Art Hotel
Theresa Kneppers | Curator of Borough Road Gallery at London South Bank University
About the lecture
Theresa Kneppers is a London-based curator. In her work as the curator of the Borough Road Gallery at London South Bank University, she commissions new works and immer-sive performances by contemporary artists, chairs panel discussions, hosts film screen-ings, and programmes local walks, as well as designing a new digital platform that fea-tures original scholarship and digitally-based artwork in response to the collection and archive of Bomberg and The Borough Group. Two strands of inquiry that run through her curatorial practise are: the archive as a site of exploration; and collective art practises. The Borough Group functioned as an art collective (1946-1951), which has been a catalyst for exploring the contradictions of what it means to be working creatively within the confines of a group.
In this talk, she will discuss methods for expanding models of collectivity within curatorial ways of working. The focus of her research is examining how contemporary artist collec-tives govern themselves and their production, and how these modes of working can be reflected in the display and consumption of their artwork. How do these new ways of art making relates to finding forms of representative or non-hierarchical authorship?
Using her work as the curator of the Borough Road Gallery at London South Bank Uni-versity as the starting-off point, she will outline the challenges presented by the collection and the process of redefining the collection as an archive, to be used as a source of in-spiration for artists collectives to form new associations. She will discuss the possibilities of expanding access and engagement with archives, as well as new models of co-curation, that are made possible by network culture.
About the Speaker
Theresa Kneppers is the Curator of Borough Road Gallery at London South Bank Uni-versity. Two strands of inquiry that run through her curatorial practise are: the archive as a site of exploration; and collective art practises. Recent projects include commissioning Bomberg: Motion & Music, an immersive performance combining music and animated imagery tracing David Bomberg’s artistic practise; the residency of artist Johanna Bolton exploring the idiosyncrasy of archival labelling; and commissioning dancer and choreog-rapher Alexandra Baybutt to produce a series of GIFS in response to paintings in the col-lection.
In addition to her role at Borough Road Gallery, Theresa Kneppers, is the curator of the William Morris Society and will be curating an upcoming show “Reimagining Nowhere” by contemporary artist, Ben Deakin, exploring the idea of an idealised Utopia.
About Borough Road Gallery at London South Bank University
The Borough Road Collection Archive is a platform for research and is an exploration of A David Bomberg Legacy - The Sarah Rose Collection through commissioned artwork, recordings, performances, archival material and new writing. A David Bomberg Legacy — The Sarah Rose Collection is a collection of paintings and drawings by the artists David Bomberg (1890-1957), Dennis Creffield (b. 1931), Cliff Holden (b. 1919), Thomas Holden (b. 1957), Edna Mann (1926-1985), Dorothy Mead (1928-1975) and Miles Richmond (1922-2008). The collection includes over 150 works, spanning a period of nearly 100 years. David Bomberg is considered one of the most significant British artists of the twen-tieth century. He taught at London South Bank University (formerly Borough Polytechnic) after the Second World War, where his students included Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Dorothy Mead, Edna Mann and Miles Richmond. These artists were among the members of the Borough Group, which exhibited together from 1946-1951.