Ben Roberts


Ben Roberts is Curator of Education and Public Programmes at Modern Art Oxford responsible for an integrated programme of events, participation and exhibitions. He instituted the Test Run exhibition series at the gallery and is currently producing a documentary history of performance at Modern Art Oxford 1966-2016, along side a year long programme of live commissions. Previously he was Curator of Public Programmes at Camden Arts Centre (2004 – 2013) responsible for developing the live art and residency programmes. He founded the Junction North London Cultural Consortium with Slade School of Art, Cubitt Gallery, UCLH Arts, Central St Martins, The Place and Camden Arts Centre as a platform for co-commissioning performance art and participatory practice (2012). In 2013 he produced The Artists Museum, a series radio podcasts with Cast Iron Radio, working with artists including Anthony Gormley, Laura Ford and Simon Perriton. Ben also works as an independent curator and producer – projects include Brown Mountain College of the Performing Arts (2008-2010) a peripatetic organisation producing interdisciplinary performance including The Brown Mountain Festival (2008); Mel Brimfield’s This is Performance Art for Performance Matters (Arts Admin 2011); This is Not a Pipe performance programme at APT Gallery London, as part of the exhibition 26072012-19102012 (2012); The World Turned Upside Down: Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd (Mead Gallery 2013) curated with Simon Faithfull. Ben is also co-founder and director of Tiffin Projects, commissioning site-specific performances and projects including Ilana Halperin’s Towards Heilprin Land (2007). He occasionally teaches at the Royal Academy and the University of the West of England. He was a judge for the Red Mansion Art Prize (2012) and a selector for the Hamlyn Awards (2015). Ben graduated from Warwick University with an MA in European Cultural Policy in 2000.

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