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Paul Goodwin


Paul Goodwin is an independent curator, urbanist and lecturer based in London. From 2008 until 2012 Paul was Curator of Cross Cultural Programmes and then Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain. Goodwin’s curatorial and research work currently evolves around African diaspora art in the UK and US since the 1980s; art and sculpture in public spaces; and postcolonialism and globalisation in curatorial and museological practices.

At Tate, Paul created platforms for international cultural dialogue by curating a programme of talks, symposia, workshops and live art events - The Tate Cross Cultural Programme – that included groundbreaking and internationally recognised events such The Status of Difference (ideas/debate series, 2008-2010), Conversation Pieces, Global Modernities (Tate Triennial conference, March 2009), Late at Tate: Afrodizzia (over 10 000 visitors), Polish Connections (Late at Tate, May 2009). He was Consultant Curator for the international survey exhibition Afromodern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic at Tate Liverpool in 2010 and co-convener of the accompanying symposium and citywide events programme,Liverpool and the Black Atlantic. His recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions Thin Black Line(s), at Tate Britain, London 2011; Go Tell It On The Mountain: Towards A New Monumentalism, 2011 and Ways of Seeing, 2012 for the 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park in Verbier, Switzerland; Coming Ashore, 2011 at the Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Paul was a co-curator of the pioneering and critically acclaimed Tate Britain exhibition, Migrations: Journeys Into British Art, about migration in the history of British art from 1500 to the present day, January-August 2012.

He is an Associate Lecturer, MA Curating, Chelsea College of Art and Design and an elected Honorary Member of the Franco-British Council. He was on the Board of Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Guest Projects in 2010-2011. Goodwin is currently Curatorial Director of the 3-D Foundation where he is curating biennial public sculpture residencies and exhibitions in Verbier, Switzerland. He was recently appointed Curatorial Research Fellow at King's Cultural Institute, King's College London. In 2012 Paul participated in the Royal College of Art Mela research programme contributing to the teaching block and international symposium on COLONIALITY, CURATING AND CONTEMPORARY ART organised by CCA, RCA and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain.