Michaela Crimmin

Michaela Crimmin is an independent curator and producer specialising in commissioning art for the public domain.  She was Head of Arts at the RSA from 1997 to March 2010, a role that included initiating and directing the RSA Arts & Ecology Centre. This five-year programme supported, promoted and debated artists’ responses to current environmental challenges. Activities under her leadership included artists’ commissions and residencies in the UK, India and Afghanistan; a website; international events; education pilots; and the development of an interdisciplinary network of interested individuals and organisations. She commissioned Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook edited by Max Andrews, a compendium of essays, dialogues and commissioned projects by artists, ecologists, cultural theorists, activists and curators.

Earlier work included coordinating the first phase of the high profile Fourth Plinth series of temporary commissions in London’s Trafalgar Square, and directing the Art for Architecture award scheme. She is a course tutor on the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art masters programme. She is currently curating a commission as an RSA Associate, spearheading a major new programme for the English city of Peterborough. As a direct result of working on Arts & Ecology she is also developing a new Inquiry into the relationship between culture, conflict and conflict resolution

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"The Dalston Mill", EXYZT in Radical Nature – Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009, curated by Michaela Crimmin