Dr Cliff Lauson

is Senior Curator at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London. Since arriving as Curator at the Hayward in 2009, he has organised major exhibitions of work by Martin Creed, Ernesto Neto, Tracey Emin, and David Shrigley and the critically-acclaimed group exhibitions Light Show and Space Shifters.  In addition, he has curated numerous exhibitions of artists in the HENI Project Space, including Dineo Seshee Bopape, Emmanuelle Lainé, Kate Cooper, and most recently Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future. He has also commissioned artworks and projects across the wider Southbank Centre site.

Cliff was a 2015-6 Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme, and undertook the secondment component of his fellowship at Industrial Light & Magic, London.

Cliff was previously Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, working on exhibition such as Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko, Per Kirkeby, and World as a Stage. He completed his PhD at University College London titled In Vancouver as Elsewhere: Modernism and the So-Called ‘Vancouver School’. Prior to moving to London in 2004, he was Education and Public Programmes Coordinator at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Cliff contributes interviews and essays to a number of international exhibition catalogues, and lectures at art colleges and universities. He currently serves on the British Council Collection Acquisitions Advisory Committee, the Open Space Contemporary Advisory Board, and is a trustee of Film and Video Umbrella. Cliff is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

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