Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis is an artist, curator and writer. He is now Research Fellow at The Leeds School of Contemporary Art and Graphic Design, Leeds Metropolitan University. He previously held posts as Assistant Director of Curating in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London from 2000-2003, and as Senior Lecturer responsible for Electronically Generated Image, Information and Sound at Kent Institute of Art and Design from 1997-2000. In 2003 he was Chief Curator for the 6th International Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates. His earlier curatorial work includes Host in 1998 at Tramway, Glasgow, an investigation of collaborative practices within the independent scenes of London and Glasgow, developed in part from his involvement in alternative urban scenes, from 1991-1999 under the name of Flag Organisation. Big Blue, a political poster project, was hosted at Tate Modern, as part of Century City, developed as a collective and migratory work, changing according to the contingencies of time and place. (Big Blue was previously staged in Berlin cafés in 1998, co-curated with Francesca Ferguson, and in London on election night in 1997. He collaborated on films and video-works with Runa Islam, representing video artists in group shows and night-club installations from 1992 onward, most recently with Makiko Nagaya for Planet B – Die Ästhetik des B-Movies in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunstverein Bregenz in 2004, a project that was part of Lewis’s continuing work at the Kunstverein Bregenz as a curator since 1997, working with the Chief Executive, Dr. Wolfgang Fetz, on other projects including Gymnasion, Palais Thurn und Taxis, 2001; most recently Go Between at the Kunstverein, 2005). He was invited curator for U.A.E at Sao Paulo Bienal in 2004, and advisor to the Commissioner General, Francesca Ferguson, for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He now directs a continuing programme of curatorial projects at Redux with Makiko Nagaya in London, alongside his research at Leeds Metropolitan University.