Professor Neil Powell is a senior academic at Norwich University of the Arts, he is best known for his work with public and private sector creative arts bodies. He has curated more than 50 shows over the past two decades and was closely associated with the production of the latest edition of the UK’s biggest survey exhibition, ‘British Art Show 8’ in 2017. Original curatorial projects have included Claude Cahun, Alison Wilding, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Marcel Broodthaers, Ana Maria Pacheco, Damien Hirst, Tess Jaray, Alfredo Jaar, Roger Ackling and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Since 2015 he has written a monthly column on arts and culture for Wall Street International, is a guest columnist for Art and Museums Magazine and was recently commissioned to write on Luciano Fabro for the New York’s Brooklyn Rail. He has made numerous appearances on television and Radio.
As an artist, Powell has exhibited extensively on the international stage, with past projects including a major show ‘The Artist Out of Work’ with Art & Language at MoMA PS1, New York. His work recently featured in the ‘Imago Mundi – Art Theorema #1’ exhibition, at Salone degli Incanti in Trieste, Italy (2018). Powell also leads the research group ‘Created and Contested Territories’ (CaCTuS) and is the curator of ‘Territory: The Exhibition in a Box’. For a number of years Powell has worked with Arts Council Collections and Hayward Gallery Touring whilst continuing to work with gallerists such as Karsten Schubert (London), Simon Lee (London, New York, Hong Kong) and Annely Juda, (London).
He is currently working on a major exhibition project and book with the Italian artist, Claudio Parmiggiani for 2020 and is currently researching and curating an exhibition featuring the work of the late Sir Anthony Caro, ‘Iron in the Soul’, which opens in May 2019 in Norwich, with associated exhibitions in London and Clivedon.
Born Manchester 1961. Lives and works in Norfolk and Emilia-Romagna, Italy.