Professor Neil Powell 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 2017 edition of the UK’s biggest survey exhibition, ‘British Art Show 8’. 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. He holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Norwich University of the Arts.
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 galleries such as Karsten Schubert (London), Simon Lee (London, New York, Hong Kong) and Annely Juda, (London).
In 2019 he curated an exhibition of the work of the late Sir Anthony Caro, ‘Iron in the Soul’, which opened in May of that year in Norwich, with associated exhibitions in London and Clivedon.
Recently he has worked with Simon Lee Gallery, London on a large-scale sculptural project with the artist Claudio Parmiggiani at Houghton Hall, which will become public in 2021.
Born Manchester 1961. Lives and works in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.