Caroline Stevenson

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Caroline Stevenson

Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies

London College of Fashion

Biography

Caroline Stevenson is a London-based curator, writer and lecturer. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College.

Through her curatorial practice, Caroline has worked closely with both emerging and established artists to research and develop new projects and to create space for experimentation, dialogue and exchange. She has produced projects and programmed events for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, ICA (London), Tate Tanks, Cartel Gallery (London) and Cul De Sac (London) as well as a range of pop up spaces.

Caroline currently teaches in the Cultural and Historical Studies department at London College of Fashion where she coordinates ‘Contextualising Your Practice’ in the School of Design Technology. She also teaches ‘The Culture of Fashion Design’, a second year unit developed from her own research into the nature of creative practice.  

Caroline is a member of the Forum for Fashion Design and Visual Arts Practice at LCF where she regularly programmes talks and events. She publishes writing on artists’ practices and contributes to exhibition catalogues, talks and conferences, as well as supporting artists through transitional moments in their careers. 

Research interests

Curatorial practice, artists’ identities, practice-based research, creative labour, artist-led culture, interdisciplinary practice, critical fashion practice.

Research statement

My research is informed through my practice as an independent curator and the particular knowledge gained through working closely with artists across multiple contexts and disciplines. My focus is on artist-led culture and the social and cultural processes surrounding the production of artworks.

I am currently researching the social practices of the institutions and markets of art and fashion, and the performativity of creative labour for an upcoming book published by Bloomsbury in 2017. I am also working on a new curatorial project that maps and makes visible the social processes and contexts of the work of two practitioners working across fashion, art and performance. In addition, I am co-authoring a paper on invisible labour and craft and researching for a further book chapter on the performance work of Ana Mendieta.

I regularly programme talks and events for the Forum for Fashion Design and Visual Arts Practice at London College of Fashion. The first of these examined the role of criticality in fashion practice. Future events aim to look at fashion as an interdisciplinary field as well as the ‘spatiality’ of creative and collaborative practice.

Project awards, and grants

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012, Arts Council England Grants for Organisations (Volume), £2,500, 2011.

Content, Arts Council England Grants for Individuals, £1,860, 2010.

Under the PavementArts Council England Grants for Individuals, £2,300, 2007.

Selected research outputs