Jeni Walwin is an independent curator, writer and public art consultant. Her curatorial projects include managing public art commissions, selecting exhibitions, and devising strategies for contemporary art programmes. She writes on an occasional basis for magazines and publications, and has recently edited a book for Intellect Books.

Short Biography
Jeni Walwin’s current projects include the curation of public art commissions for new social housing developments in Poplar and the Isle of Dogs. She contributes occasional articles to the Art Fund’s magazine, Art Quarterly, and she continues to act as curatorial advisor to the Pictet Group’s London collection.

Recent projects include Visiting Lecturer on the M.A. Art and Politics at Goldsmiths University of London and the preparation of an Art Strategy for a large regeneration scheme in Hackney, North London.

For the WOMAD festivals from 2010 to 2013 Jeni devised programmes of artists’ film installations. In the following years individual commissions were offered to Neville Gabie, Barthelemy Toguo and Graeme Miller and in 2017 a new work by Sol Calero for the WOMAD World of Art programme was co-commissioned with Folkestone Triennial. From 2001–2011 Jeni was Project Director for Artists in the City, the public art programme in Reading, where she worked with the local authority, private developers and architects to create opportunities for artists to make new work for a variety of city centre contexts. In 2009/10 she worked with Graham Devlin to produce the contemporary art strategy for the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways).

From 1990 until 2020 Jeni was a Curatorial Associate for the Contemporary Art Society’s Consultancy Programme and until 2008 she was curator of the Society’s annual selling show, ARTfutures. With the artist Henry Krokatsis, she devised and selected You’ll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference a national touring exhibition for the Hayward Gallery that travelled to museums and galleries around the UK. She has written extensively on live art and performance. For Intellect Books Jeni edited Searching for Art’s New Publics and she has contributed articles to a number of journals and catalogues.

Jeni is a member of the Public Art Network UK Steering Group.

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