Jeremy Millar (Curation, 2005)Self Portrait as a Drowned ManThe Willow (2011)

Jeremy Millar

Fellow in 2005 for Curation

In 1994, prompted by a competition placed in frieze by the ICA and Arts Council for exhibitions by non professional curators, Jeremy submitted his first ever exhibition proposal The Institute of Cultural Anxiety. He proposed creating a ‘space of possibilities’ achieved where the nature of the exhibition could only be established in the process of its organisation, by real objects in space and over time. His proposal, written on one A4 sheet of paper, however won him the competition and paved the way for his first ever exhibition which included the work of over sixty artists and included both art and non-art objects. His move in 1995 to the Photographers Gallery in a five year permanent position allowed him to curate a range of group and solo shows such as Boris Mikhailov (2000), Blue Suburban Skies (1999), MayDay (1999)and Speed, a major exhibition exploring the subject of ‘speed’ as the driving force of modern culture in association with the Whitechapel Gallery, to name but a few. On leaving the gallery Jeremy co-curated escape for Media_city Seoul. More recent projects include Photocine (year long tour of UK cinemas) and director of the Brighton Photo Biennial in 2003.

He is currently a lecturer in art criticism at the Royal College of Art, London. Recent exhibitions and screenings include ‘Plum Tree Blossom’, commissioned by Inverleith House, Edinburgh, to complement works by John Cage and Merce Cunningham; the Vigeland Museum in Oslo; Sleeper in Edinburgh; Tate Modern, London; National Maritime Museum, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Tate St Ives; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Ethnographic Museum, Krakow; SE8, London; HICA, Inverness-shire; Plymouth Arts Centre; and Baltic, Gateshead. A permanent public work was installed in Folkestone in 2006. He is currently working on a new commission based upon John Ruskin’s ‘Elements of Drawing’ for the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, and the Ashmolean Museum, both Oxford, as well as for solo exhibitions at CCA, Glasgow, and Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, in 2011.