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Ms Judith Winter

Biography Judith Winter is an independent curator, writer and lecturer in critical & contextual studies, Gray’s School of Art. She returned to teaching in 2016 and joined RGU in 2019 following a career working as a curator of modern and contemporary art. Her current research draws together her interest in art school pedagogy and social and educational reform.

Formally she worked as inaugural curator of fine art for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) and Head of Arts for Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). Her integrated approach to exhibition making was informed through her formative experiences at Riverside Studios and Lisson Gallery, London in the early 90s and influenced through exposure to the pioneering curators working in the expanded field of art practice, during her research for Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Lisson Gallery, London (1993).

At mima she was responsible for the development of the curatorial approach that helped established the creative ambitions of the venue. Alongside overseeing the conservation of the Fine Art collection she also acquired a collection of contemporary drawing through the support of Contemporary Art Society (CAS). Her work at mima, culminated in the development of the exhibition Bauhaus 1919 – 1933 that highlighted the venues aim to challenge the hierarchy between fine and applied art.

As Head of Arts at DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland) she created a dynamic programme of solo exhibitions, publications and associated events by artists who have critically challenged art institutions and traditional modes of representation. These include amongst others: Thomas Hirschhorn, It’s Burning Everywhere, Camilla Løw: Straight Letters; Johanna Billing: Keep on Doing; Matthew Buckingham: Play the Story. Her curatorial approach were most clearly demonstrated through DCA10, that included: Martin Boyce: No Reflections for Scotland + Venice for the 53rd Venice Biennale and the ambitious exhibition déjàVu with the artist Manfred Pernice and the curators Mike Stanley (1975 – 2012) Modern Art Oxford, Frank Maes, SMAK Gent. Since leaving DCA she has continued to work on independent curatorial projects, most recently as guest curator with The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Developing a major retrospective exhibition ‘Edward Allington: Things Unsaid, that payed homage to a significant mentor and aimed to resituate the artists practice for a new generation.

Throughout her career she has been committed to supporting emergent practices and worked as arts advisor for British Council Scotland between 2012 - 2013, leading on a programme of international networking opportunities for curators. She also has played a key role supporting artist-led organisations, including Locus +, Art Editions North & Workplace.
Research Interests Judith Winter works between curatorial projects, teaching and writing. She is particularly interested in the philosophy of art education and the transformative potential of art school environments. Her research re-listening to the ethos and principles of the modern art school builds on her work with Prof. Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen and association with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. It considers the conditions that give rise to educational reform.
Teaching and Learning Lecturer, Critical & Contextual Studies
Gray's School of Art, RGU offers a unique opportunity to work with students to explore the site and heritage collection as a trigger for pedagogic practices

Gray’s School of Art was designed by Michael Shewan for Scott Sutherland Partners in 1966, its inspiration is attributed directly to both the Bauhaus Dessau (1926) and more specifically to Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall,for Ilinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (1956). Described then as a ‘secluded community in which to equip the student with the knowledge and skill for practical life. An environment which will develop [the students] personality and enable him to make the right use of his knowledge and skills.’ (Shewan 1963).
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