Our Curatorial Team

Michael Petry Director and curator of the Project Space

Petry is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist, author and co-founder of the Museum of Installation. He lectures part time at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools and was Guest Curator at the KunstAkademi, Oslo, and Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. The Trouble with Michael, a monograph of his current artistic practice was published by ArtMedia Press in 2001. Petry co-authored Installation Art (Thames & Hudson, 1994), and Installation in the New Millennium (Thames & Hudson, 2003), and authored Abstract Eroticism (Academy Editions, 1996) and A Thing of Beauty is...(Academy Editions, 1997). Petry’s current book Hidden Histories: 20th century male same sex lovers in the visual arts (2004) is the first comprehensive survey of its kind, and accompanies the exhibition Hidden Histories he curated for New Art Gallery Walsall.

Roberto Ekholm Curator

Ekholm is an artist and curator who studied dance at Laban Centre, London and Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. His work includes performances, sculpture and photography drawing on our present ideas about identity through discourses of medicine and the body. He curated Where the Men Met at Supermarket art fair, Stockholm and Sagacity in London. He currently lives and works in London

Kjetil Bjorheim Curator

Bjorheim is an artist and curator who practiced electronic engineering and teaching before completing a degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. He specialises in investigating structures of permission and exclusion in a humorous and socially engaging way. He explores mechanisms which are at the root of social organisation, emblematic systems of indoctrination, behavioural dependence and social cohesion. He currently lives and works in Stavanger

Alan Yates Curator

Yates is an artist and curator who studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, after training as a Civil Engineer. Curatorially he is interested in psychoanalytical studies in particular queer theory to address issues of memory and identity in the production of modern/contemporary art. As an artist he works with notions of power in the formation of the artist. He and Bjorheim curated “Play and Creativity” as a pre-event to Stavanger-European City of Culture 2008.

Amelia Black New York curator at large

Black is designer, artist and curator who studies Object Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Black’s performance art includes her activities as a drag king and member of the Chicago Kings. Black assisted in the curation of the international Thick Design exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and was a member of the School of the Art Institute's Design team collective_difference at the 2005 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York where they received the Editor's Award for Best Design School. Her work is apart of this year's Salone Satellite at the 2006 Milan Furniture Fair.

Koan Jeff Baysa New York curator at large

Kóan Jeff Baysa is a curator, writer, art collector, practicing physician, and Whitney Independent Study Program Curatorial alumnus. A contributing writer for New York Arts Magazine and the online publication Flavorpill, he has written for Art Asia Pacific and is the editor of the online art magazine art::pulse. He has curated exhibitions for the London Biennal, the LA International Biennial, and recently organised shows in Beijing, Dublin, London, Manila and for the United Nations. Dr. Baysa is on the boards of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University, Art Omi International Artist Colony, the Asian American Art Centre, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock.