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Kirsty Ogg

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PositionLecturer in Curating
Department Art
Email k.ogg (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7691
Kirsty Ogg

Kirsty Ogg is currently Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London where she has worked on a number of exhibitions and related publications. She is the former Director of The Showroom (London), an exhibition space dedicated to the commissioning of new work by artists at an early stage in their careers. Kirsty steered The Showroom through a significant stage in its development, introducing new initiatives such as the annual conferences that aimed to address prescient issues in contemporary art theory and practice, the production of annual publications that provided an overview of the gallery’s work and facilitating the organizations move to new premises in north London.

After graduating from the Sculpture Department at Edinburgh College of Art, Kirsty became a member of the organising committee at the artist-led space Transmission between 1993 and 1996.  She then went on to work at Norwich Gallery at Norwich School of Art & Design, and while based there she opened up her flat as an independent exhibition space, providing an alternative platform for the presentation of work in the city. Kirsty has also curated freelance projects including High Red Center for CCA (Glasgow), Slight for Collective Gallery (Edinburgh) and A show of many part, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last for City Gallery (Leicester). 

Professional projects

Kirsty has worked as curator for the Whitechapel Gallery since 2009, curating solo exhibitions featuring artists Paul Graham, Bethan Huws, Claire Barclay and group exhibitions featuring material generated by the public during Goshka Macuga’s Nature of the Beast Commission and images by over 80 photographers from the Indian sub-continent. 

She worked for ten years as the director of The Showroom, London, commissioning new work from over thirty artists and hosting Showroom Annual Conferences on Props, Events, Encounters: the performance of new sculpture, Artist-culture and the spirit of capitalism, and To Change an Opinion: art and politics in the new world disorder.

She has also worked at Norwich Gallery for two years as an assistant curator and 7 Alexandra Mansions, Norwich as a director. She served for three years as the co-director of Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, and has curated exhibitions at spaces including CCA in Glasgow and Collective Gallery in Edinburgh.

Research Interests

Interrogating the intersection of performative and cross-disciplinary practices with sculpture; testing the possibilities and parameters of the ‘prop object’; engaging with contemporary renderings of spatial, temporal, material and formal concerns in 3-dimensional work.

Publications

Book

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
Gupta, Sunil; Singh, Radikal; Nasar, Hammad; Alam, Shahidul; Pinney, Christopher; Gadihoke, Sabeena and Kapur, Geeta. 2010. Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. London, UK: Whitechapel Gallery, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Steidl. ISBN 978-0-85488-179-6

Book Section

Gerard Byrne: Like a Man
Reckitt, Helena. 2013. Gerard Byrne: Like a Man. In: Kirsty Ogg, ed. Gerard Byrne: A State of Neutral Pleasure. London and Stockholm: The Whitechapel Gallery, pp. 36-51. ISBN 978-0-85488-212-0

To Change an Opinion
Martinon, Jean-Paul and Ogg, Kirsty. 2004. To Change an Opinion. In: , ed. The Showroom Annual 2003/4. The Showroom, pp. 25-29. ISBN 0952104040

Article

Kola
Ogg, Kirsty. 2009. Kola.

Interview text, Jonathan Monk
Ogg, Kirsty. 2000. Interview text, Jonathan Monk. Bildung exhibition catalogue,

Project

The Nature of the Beast: Meetings Archive;
Ogg, Kirsty. 2010. The Nature of the Beast: Meetings Archive;.

Show/Exhibition

The Bloomberg Commission: Claire Barclay: Shadow Spans
Ogg, Kirsty. 2010. The Bloomberg Commission: Claire Barclay: Shadow Spans. In: "The Bloomberg Commission: Claire Barclay: Shadow Spans", Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom, May 2010 - May 2011.

Bethan Huws; Capelgwyn
Ogg, Kirsty. 2010. Bethan Huws; Capelgwyn. In: "Bethan Huws; Capelgwyn", Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 29 January - 18 March 2011.

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India Pakistan and Bangladesh
Ogg, Kirsty. 2010. Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India Pakistan and Bangladesh. In: "Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India Pakistan and Bangladesh", Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 21 Jan - 11 April 2010, 12 June- 22 August 2010.

A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last
Ogg, Kirsty. 2008. A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last. In: "A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last City Gallery, Leicester", City Gallery, Leicester, United Kingdom, 12 September – 29 October 2008.

Edited Book

Shadow Spans; Claire Barclay
Ogg, Kirsty, ed. 2011. Shadow Spans; Claire Barclay. London: Whitechapel Gallery. ISBN 978-0-85488-191-8

Goshka Macuga The Nature of the Beast
Ogg, Kirsty, ed. 2010. Goshka Macuga The Nature of the Beast. London: Whitechapel Gallery. ISBN 978-0-85488-180-2

The Showroom Annual 2005/6
Crone, Bridget and Ogg, Kirsty, eds. 2007. The Showroom Annual 2005/6. The Showroom.

The Showroom Annual 2004/5
Crone, Bridget and Ogg, Kirsty, eds. 2006. The Showroom Annual 2004/5. The Showroom.

Professional Activity

External Examiner, MA Fine Art
Ogg, Kirsty. External Examiner, MA Fine Art.

External Examiner, BA Sculpture & Environmental Art
Ogg, Kirsty. External Examiner, BA Sculpture & Environmental Art.

External Examiner BA Fine Art
Ogg, Kirsty. External Examiner BA Fine Art.