Thursday 26 July
7.00pm until 8.00pm
Coniston Institute, Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21
Refreshments will be served
Booking is essential. Please email
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Charles Esche is a curator and writer. Since 2004, he has been
Director of the Van
Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. During this time the Van
Abbe has built a significant reputation as one of the most forward
thinking museums in Europe.
He has also co-curated Strange and Close for CAPC,
Bordeaux, the 2003 Slovenian Triennale in Ljubljana, the 2nd RIWAQ
Biennial, Ramallah, Palestine, the 9th International Istanbul
Biennial with Vasif Kortun and the 2002 Gwangju Biennale in the
Republic of Korea. Between 2000 and 2004 he was the Director of
Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmo, Sweden. He is
co-founder and co-editor of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books.
In 2012 he received the European Cultural Foundation's Princess
His main work has involved working on the constitution of art
institutions, most recently the museum but also the qualities of
the art centre or biennial. His writings on institutional
possibility and policy are useful aids to rethinking the relation
between art and social change.
The Van Abbe Museum is currently working with Grizedale Arts to
develop a 5 year pan-European project to establish new functions
and methodologies for museums in the 21st century, centred on a
re-assertion of the use value of art and using the Mechanics
Institute as a model for redevelopment.