Academic Researcher, Royal College of Art

Michaela Crimmin is a curator, co-director of Culture+Conflict, a course tutor on the Curating Contemporary Art masters programme at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and she is leading a new research project on art and conflict on behalf of the RCA in association with Index on Censorship.

She was Head of Arts at the RSA from 1997 to 2010, a role that included initiating and directing the Arts & Ecology Centre on behalf of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Arts Council England. This five-year programme supported, promoted and debated artists’ responses to current environmental challenges through a range of activities including artists’ commissions and residencies in the UK, India and Afghanistan; a website; events in Europe, China, Ghana, India the United Emirates, and Canada; education pilots; and the development of an interdisciplinary network of interested individuals and organisations. She commissioned Land, ArtA Cultural Ecology Handbook edited by Max Andrews, a compendium of essays, dialogues and commissioned projects by artists, ecologists, cultural theorists, activists and curators. Arts & Ecology was the inspiration and experience that led to co-founding Culture+Conflict.

She lectures nationally and internationally. Previous work includes coordinating the first phase of the Fourth Plinth series in Trafalgar Square; directing the two million pound Art for Architecture award scheme; and commissioning artists for Public Art Development Trust’s pioneering work in the public domain. 

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