About Us

  • OUR HISTORY Artwise is an award-winning London based curatorial organisation established in 1996. We specialise in curating and delivering bespoke...

    OUR HISTORY

     

     

    Artwise is an award-winning London based curatorial organisation established in 1996. We specialise in curating and delivering bespoke contemporary art exhibitions, commissions and projects for a variety of clients across multiple sectors worldwide. 

     

    Known for being innovative and different, no two Artwise projects are the same. We thrive on creating new ideas, strategising and producing exhibitions and engaging internationally acclaimed artists. We are unique in our experience and ability to work in partnership with fabrication, logistics, sponsorship, branding, marketing and PR teams, ensuring the successful delivery of all aspects of a project.

     

    1996-present day at a Glance:

    - curated works by over 300 artists

    - completed over 250 artist commissions

    - delivered art projects in over 20 countries worldwide

    - generated over £2,500,000 for charity projects

  • OUR TEAM

    As well as Susie and Laura, Artwise has an on-going relationship with a number of highly specialised freelance partners. 

    • SUSIE ALLEN

      FOUNDING DIRECTOR

       

      Susie is the Founding Director of both Artwise and the charity Art Lights London. In 2004 she was the Founding Chair of the Royal Academy of Art's first Contemporary Patron Group, was on the Crossrail Art Panel and is currently on the Advisory Panel for The Line - London's first public art walk. 

       

      After completing an MA in fine Art from the Royal College of Art she went on to work at the RCA as a tutor for almost 20 years. During her tenure, she curated many exhibitions for the College, most notably: Exhibition Road - Painters from the Royal College of Art for which she was given the National Art Collections Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts; An American Passion, shown at the RCA and at Glasgow Museums; and 3 Ways for the British Council which toured extensively in the Eastern Bloc countries and in South and West Africa. Susie's concept was the inspiration behind the innovative 'Secret Postcard Art Project', which launched in 1994 and continues today having raised over £1m for the RCA Student Award Fund.

       

      Prior to establishing Artwise she curated The British Art Show (Britain in Vienna) for the Contemporary Art Society and conceived several fundraising projects for the National Art Collections Fund (now the Art Fund), The Rothko Memorial Trust Fund, and Glyndebourne Opera House. 

    • LAURA CULPAN

      DIRECTOR

       

      Laura has been a Director at Artwise for over 10 years after joining as a Senior Curator in 2004. In 2019 she became a partner in the company along with Susie Allen. Laura is responsible for initiating and delivering highly ambitious, large-scale projects, museum exhibitions and art related events at an international level. 

       

      Graduating with an MA Honours degree in History of Art from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, her experience in the art world spans both the gallery and museum sector: from 1996 to 2003 she lived in Florence, Italy, where she managed a contemporary art gallery. In 2003 she was appointed Senior Curator for the museum La Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Italy. During her time with the museum she collaborated with many international artists such as: Mario Merz, Tobias Rehberger, Maurizio Cattelan, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Martin Creed and Jim Lambie. Her writing has been published in numerous catalogues and periodicals and in 2003 she was a guest speaker at the 51st Venice Biennale. 

       

      Currently Laura is also a Curatorial Advisor of the sculpture trail The Line and is Advisor and Administrator for the recently re-launched artist-in-residency programme for the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust.

    • SERENA STARR

      PROJECT MANAGER

       

      Serena is a freelance project manager at Artwise. Since 2018 she has worked with Susie and Laura to manage cross-functional teams and multiple stakeholders to facilitate the smooth running of Artwise projects from conception through to completion. Originally from the world of experience design, she worked for creative agencies designing and delivering experiences for global brands such as Virgin Atlantic, NVIDIA, ARUP, Suncorp and ANZ. After this period, she completed an MA in Arts and Cultural Management at King's College London in 2017 and has since worked independently with a range of clients including CAFA Beijing and UCL Slade School of Fine Art delivering projects and exhibitions at Somerset House and Masterpiece Art Fair. For Artwise, Serena has worked on the Tomorrow's Tigers launch at Sotheby's and its continuing exhibition at the Academicians' Room at The Royal Academy of Arts for WWF-UK, and Cure3 at Bonhams for The Cure Parkinson's Trust. In addition to this Serena has developed a new brand identity for Artwise and overseen the launch of our new website. 

    • Celia BaileY

      PR

       

      Celia has worked with Artwise on numerous projects, including Paradigm (Conrad Shawcross at The Francis Crick Institute - 2016) two editions of Cure3 (2017, 2018) and Tomorrow's Tigers (2018).  She brings to projects extensive international experience in the arts homed by her previous role as publisher of both Art Review and Apollo Magazine. Her current international roster of PR clients also includes Miart, Spectrum Art Prize and the artist, Gavin Turk.

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