What's Next? on Public Engagement with Tamsin Dillon, Polly Brannan & Gavin Wade

17 May 2018 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Featuring a number of informed inside perspectives from artists, curators, critics and gallery and museum professionals, the What’s Next? lecture series will provide insight and reflection on ways in which artists might navigate the complex and often contradictory values and processes that surround the making, distribution and value formation of contemporary art. 

What's Next? has been developed in collaboration between the RCA School of Arts & Humanities and the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)


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.

Gavin Wade is an artist-curator, Director of Eastside Projects – an artist-run multiverse in Birmingham, UK – and Senior Research Fellow in the School of art at Birmingham City University.  His recent book Upcycle This Book (2017) is published by Book Works and Stroom den Haag and compiles texts on art making and artist-curating from the last 12 years. Current projects include the rethinking, refitting and relaunching of Eastside Projects’ gallery space at 86 Heath Mill Lane; Policy Show, curated with Lucy Lopez, Eastside Projects; Park Life, a public art project in Banbury; and Station Clock by Susan Philipsz, the £2million Birmingham Big Art Project for 2026 with HS2. 

Tamsin Dillon is a curator with over 20 years of experience working in a range of situations and contexts. Current projects include: Curator for 1418-NOW, working on a number of ambitious large-scale public commissions for the UK-wide cultural programme marking 100 years since WW1; and co-curator of The King’s Cross Project, working with the developer Argent to commission new works for a range of sites in King’s Cross, London. 

Previously, as Director of Art on the Underground, Tamsin worked with leading international and emerging artists to commission contemporary art for the millions of people that use London Underground. She developed the programme in a series of project strands including permanent and temporary artworks as well as participatory projects, public events, publications and on-line platforms.

Previously Tamsin has worked at Tate Liverpool, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Capp Street Project, San Francisco. Other roles include: founding Trustee & Vice-Chair of Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate; Member of the Commissioning Group for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and Turner Prize Jury 2016.

This event has been organised by the RCA School of Arts & Humanities. If you have any queries, please contact Anne Duffau for more information.