“The Art Institution of Tomorrow: Reinventing the Model”

Saturday, May 18, 2024 6–7pm

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The Art Institution of Tomorrow, Reinventing the Model, by curator and writer Fatoş Üstek, is a unique manifesto for raising the standard of institutional practices of art organizations across the world. To celebrate the book’s launch, Canal Projects will be hosting a presentation of the book by Üstek followed by a roundtable conversation focusing on some of the key areas of necessitated transformation outlined in the book.

The Art Institution of Tomorrow, Reinventing the Model is the latest book from the series Hot Topics in the Art World, published by Lund Humphries in collaboration with Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The publication can be ordered online and as a Kindle edition.

Fatoş Üstek is an independent curator and writer, working internationally. She is the author of The Art Institution of Tomorrow, Reinventing the Model (2024), Co-founder and Managing Director of non-profit community interest company FRANK Fair Artist Pay, and Curator of Frieze Sculpture in London, Curator of Cascading Principles Expansions within Geometry, Philosophy and Interference at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University. Alongside leading international projects, she holds governance roles in arts organizations: in the UK (Chair, New Contemporaries), Netherlands (editorial advisory, Extra Extra Magazine), and Germany (advisory board, Urbane Kuenste Ruhr). Üstek is a member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA UK, ICI, IKT and founding member of AWITA (Association of Women in the Arts).

She was previously Director of the Liverpool Biennial, Director of the Roberts Institute of Art, Curator of Art Night, London (2017), Curator of fig-2 50 exhibitions 50 weeks, ICA London (2015) and Associate Curator of the 10th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2014).

She has commissioned a number of projects in the public realm in the UK and in Turkey. Üstek has also taken on multiple jury roles for international art prizes and biennales, including Turner Prize 2020, the Scottish Pavilion 2022 and the Dutch pavilion in 2022 and 2024 at the Venice Biennale and Jindrich Chalupecky Society Award (2022-2024). She nominates for prestigious prizes such as the Jarman Award and the Fourth Plinth.