Alissa Kleist (Household / Independent)
I am one of the founders and Co-Directors of Household, an organisation established in 2012 where I collaboratively curate site-specific exhibitions, residencies and events, often with other institutional and community partners in public and neighbourhood spaces.
In addition, I was the inaugural curator of the PS² Freelands Artist Programme (2018-2020), a UK-wide initiative funded by the Freelands Foundation, where I supported the creative and professional development of two cohorts of Northern Ireland based artists. From 2015 to 2018, I was the Curator (Exhibitions) at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, where I worked on commissioning and delivering exhibitions and new projects with local and international artists.
I have curated exhibitions and programmes at the invitation of various Northern Ireland and Ireland based organisations and institutions in an independent capacity, and regularly publicly discuss and write about art. I sit on the Arts Council Ireland peer panel (2018-2023) and am a Jerwood Arts Artist Adviser.
Curator’s Areas of Interest:
I am a curator based in Belfast and I am interested in the act of making public, and in the resulting connections made between private and public, and the body and the city. I enjoy working closely with artists with emergent and speculative practices and within collective frameworks in a curatorial capacity.
I would like to meet with artists with shared interests, whose work has a collaborative, socially engaged and/or site-responsive dimension, and/or who are interested in exploring this part of their practice further.