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.
Curatorial practice, artists’ identities, practice-based research, creative labour, artist-led culture, interdisciplinary practice, critical fashion practice.
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.
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 Pavement, Arts Council England Grants for Individuals, £2,300, 2007.
- Working in the Interzone: Fashion as Interdisciplinary Practice - Stevenson, Caroline (2016) Working in the Interzone: Fashion as Interdisciplinary Practice. In: Working in the Interzone: Fashion as Interdisciplinary Practice, 11 May 2016, London College of Fashion. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/9502/)
- What is Critical Fashion Practice - Stevenson, Caroline (2015) What is Critical Fashion Practice. In: What is Critical Fashion Practice, November 25 2015, London College of Fashion. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/9133/)
- ‘Reading the landscape: The Performative Labour of Sue Tompkins and Matthew Damhave’ - Stevenson, Caroline (2015) ‘Reading the landscape: The Performative Labour of Sue Tompkins and Matthew Damhave’. In: Fashioning Professionals: A Symposium on the Historical and Contemporary Representation of Cultural and Creative Professions, V&A Museum, London. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8218/)
- Identity, research and the arts curriculum: Counterstorytelling as academic practice - Stevenson, Caroline (2015) Identity, research and the arts curriculum: Counterstorytelling as academic practice. In: Towards an Inclusive Arts Education. Trentham Books, London. ISBN 978-1-85856-654-2 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8215/)
- Modular. [Show/Exhibition] - Stevenson, Caroline (2013) Modular. [Show/Exhibition] (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/6974/)
- What I talk about when I talk about my thoughts...Truth and Uncertainty in the Art and Design Institution - Stevenson, Caroline (2013) What I talk about when I talk about my thoughts...Truth and Uncertainty in the Art and Design Institution. In: Towards a Progressive Arts Education: Inclusion, Change and Intervention, November 6 2013, British Library. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/6971/)
- Graphoder - Stevenson, Caroline and Fleming, Patricia (2012) Graphoder. [Show/Exhibition] (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/9131/)
- Disruption: A Fashion Performance - Stevenson, Caroline and Charalambous, Tony and Finnigan, Terry and Rose, Winston and Scrivener, Chloe and Hamilton Butler, James and Fernandes, Gavin (2011) Disruption: A Fashion Performance. [Performance] (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/3461/)
- Hum - Stevenson, Caroline (2011) Hum. [Show/Exhibition] (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/9134/)
- Content - Stevenson, Caroline (2010) Content. [Art/Design Item] (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/9132/)