Curatorial Faculty

The curatorial faculty at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, March 2015. Photo by Pete Carr.

The curatorial faculty at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, March 2015. Photo by Pete Carr.

For the 9th edition of Liverpool Biennial, a curatorial team has been assembled to work together, sharing different interests and expertise. The team of curators includes: Sally Tallant, Dominic Willsdon, Francesco Manacorda, Raimundas Malasauskas, Joasia Krysa, Rosie Cooper, Polly Brannan, Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Ying Tan, Sandeep Parmar and Steven Cairns.


Sally Tallant
 is the Director of Liverpool Biennial. From 2001–11 she was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London, where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes. She is a Board Member of the International Biennial Association and a member of the London Regional Council for the Arts Council of England.

Dominic Willsdon is Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Professor in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts. He was Pedagogical Cloud Curator of the 9th Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre (2013). Recent and current projects include the exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa(2014), the symposium Visual Activism (2014), and a book titled Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (forthcoming).

Francesco Manacorda is Artistic Director at Tate Liverpool. From 2010-12 he was Director of Artissima in Turin, and between 2007 and 2009 was Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, where he realisedMartian Museum of Terrestrial Art (2008) and Radical Nature (2009). In 2007 he curated Venetian, Atmospheric, Tobias Putrih, the Slovenian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Raimundas Malašauskas curates often, and writes occasionally. Recent projects include In My Previous Life I Wanted to be a Tablet, Instituto de Vision, Bogota (2015), Tomorrow night I walked into a dark black star, Universidad Di Tella, Buenos Aires (2014), and Oo, Lithuanian and Cyprus pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). He has co-written the libretto of an opera, produced a monthly television show, and was an agent for dOCUMENTA (13).

Joasia Krysa is Head of Research at Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, where she is Director of Exhibition Research Centre. Formerly she served as Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark (2012-2015) and as part of curatorial team for dOCUMENTA 13 (2009-2012) under the Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Most recently she co-edited book (with Jussi Parikka) Writing and Unwriting Media Art History book (MIT Press, 2015) and contributed chapters to Networks (MIT Press/Whitechapel 2014), The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics (2015).

Rosie Cooper is Head of Programmes at Liverpool Biennial. She was Public Programme Curator at Barbican Art Gallery from 2009-11. Current and previous projects include Bob Jubile (2011-), a series of events, displays and publications on poet and organiser Bob Cobbing (1920-2002), curated with William Cobbing; More Soup and Tart, Barbican (2011), and Tableau Vivant: A Wandering Retrospective, Prospect New Orleans (2010).

Polly Brannan is Education Curator at Liverpool Biennial. She is an artist and educator who has produced projects at Frieze Art Fair, Lisbon Experimenta Festival and Nottingham Contemporary, amongst others. She was Collaborations Curator at Studio Voltaire from 2006-9, and Education Curator at Serpentine Gallery from 2011-13. She is co-founder of network Avant Gardening, and was a member of the collective public works from 2005-11.

Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey is Head of Production and International Projects at Liverpool Biennial. From 2010-14 she was responsible for the Curatorial Projects at Artissima, Turin, and from 2007 to 2009 she led the Curatorial Department of the Hangar Bicocca, Milan. As a freelance producer she has organised projects by Alfredo Jaar, Mark Lewis, Raimundas Malašauskas, and Rosalind Nashashibi under the auspices of the Sharjah Biennial 10 in 2011 and the 55° Biennale di Venezia in 2013, amongst others.

Ying Tan is currently the curator at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), where she is in charge of the annual programme of exhibitions, public programme, as well as national and international touring shows. She has curated numerous exhibitions in CFCCA, in addition to many other off-site projects in London and internationally. She is a visiting lecturer for Christie's Education (UK) and a contributor to KALEIDOSCOPE Asia Magazine. Recent projects include: Floating Cinema (UP Projects, London), Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 (CFCCA) as well as Curating each other (Connecting Space, Hong Kong). 

Sandeep Parmar co-directs the Centre for New and International Writing and is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of Reading Mina Loy's Autobiographies, scholarly editions of The Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees and Selected Poems of Nancy Cunard and two poetry books: The Marble Orchard and Eidolon (a rewriting of Helen of Troy in modern America). She is a BBC New Generation Thinker.

Steven Cairns is Associate Curator of Artists’ Film and Moving Image at ICA, London. He curated the ICA Artists’ Film Biennial 2014 and 2016, and the Tramway Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2014. In 2013 he was executive producer for a series of artists’ moving image works for Channel 4. He was a jury member of the Jarman Award 2014, and in 2015 selector of Film Open (Spike Island, S1 Artspace, Transmission Gallery, Castlefield Gallery). Recent screenings took place at Kunstverein Munich, Stedelijk Museum; and Bergen Kunsthall (with James Richards) and Enter/Exit at Kunsthalle Bern (all 2015). He is completing Archaeology & Exorcisims, a research project and publication on alternative approaches to moving image archives.