Friday 12 July, 1 to 2 pm.
Alissa Kleist is a curator based in Belfast. In 2012, she co-founded Household with Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Eoin Dara, Ciara Hickey, and Kim McAleese and collectively runs the organisation, co-curating site-specific public programmes, exhibitions, residencies and events in Belfast in community, public and non-institutional spaces.
Household is currently delivering a long-term project in the historical Sailortown neighbourhood funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation that explores the area’s past, present and future through high-quality arts programming and embedded participatory and collaborative practice.
Alongside her work at Household, Alissa is currently the project curator of the Freelands Artist Programme at PS² (Belfast), which is part of a new UK-wide initiative designed to support and grow regional arts ecosystems by fostering long-term-relationships and collaborations between emerging artists and arts organisations.
Prior to this, she was the Curator (Exhibitions) at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry where, from 2015 to 2018, she commissioned and delivered exhibitions and new projects with local and international artists. She received an an MFA from Ulster University in 2011 and from 2011 to 2013 was one of the Co-Directors at Catalyst Arts in Belfast.
As an independent curator, she has delivered projects at organisations in Ireland and the UK. She regularly gives talks and presentations at the invitation of cultural and educational institutions and critically writes about art for publications and online platforms.
Basic Talks is a series of informal talks with leading contemporary practitioners taking place on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is an open platform for talks, panels, lectures and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers and critics who will generate discourse on producing and exhibiting art.
Free, no booking required.