CCANW Associate Curator Lara Goodband moves to a new role as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Lara will be joining the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in October, in the role of Curator of Contemporary Art, whilst supporting the recruitment of her successor at Exeter Culture.

Camilla Hampshire, RAMM’s Museum Manager said, “I am delighted that Lara will be joining RAMM. Her background as a curator in museums and working independently, most recently at Hull’s City of Culture programme, means she is well placed to take up the challenge of responding to RAMM’s rich collections.”

RAMM has already established a successful track record of bringing together artists, historic collections and visitors to spark new ideas, offer new experiences and deliver different perspectives on history and creativity.  The museum has worked with some significant names from the contemporary art world, including Polly Morgan, Sonia Boyce and Blast Theory. This new role, which is supported by Arts Council England, will see Lara leading on contemporary art programming at the museum.

The role of Exeter Culture Director will be advertised in September.

Nikki Sved, Chair of Exeter Culture says “Under Lara’s Directorship, Exeter Culture has achieved a great deal.  With a new Steering Group in place, we now have a robust governance structure and we’ll soon be launching a brand new website. Perhaps most importantly we have a consultant in place, Tom Fleming, who will be leading on the new Arts and Culture Strategy for the city which will be completed in early 2019. All this is, in very large part, down to the real skill, expertise and determination that Lara has brought to the role. All of us at Exeter Culture would like to wish Lara the very best at RAMM.”

Exeter Culture has commissioned the award-winning international artists, Bik Van der Pol as the creative practitioners who will be working alongside the consultants of the city’s new arts and culture strategy. RAMM will be one of the city’s organisations that inspire their commission.

Bik Van der Pol are Dutch-born Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol. In their two decades working together they have collected numerous awards including the ENEL Contemporea Award (2010) and Hendrik Chabot Award for Visual Arts (2014).

Bik Van der Pol said, “Exeter has such a heritage-rich context and we see this cross-city project as highlighting what might otherwise remain invisible, concealed in the folds of history, active yet unnoticed in the layers of the past.  As Exeter shapes its new cultural strategy, how does the undercurrent provided by the past help shape the future?”

Lara was part of the panel that selected the artists. She said the panel had been very impressed by the artists’ proposal for a project which would draw resources and inspiration from across the city including from works in RAMM’s collection to create a new work specific to Exeter’s distinctive identity, “Bik van der Pol’s ability to challenge from within makes them a particularly appropriate choice as Exeter Culture and other cultural organisations work through the process of developing a new arts and culture strategy.  It is an exciting moment for Exeter Culture and as part of the RAMM team I look forward to making an ongoing contribution to the project.”