In October 2018 Lara took up the new role of Curator of Contemporary Art at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter where she curates, commissions and programmes contemporary art inspired by RAMM’s rich and varied collections. Previously she was an independent art curator specialising in contemporary art exhibitions, public art and artistic interventions in museum collections that often explore our environmental impact. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea at the Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum for Hull City of Culture with art and environment charity Invisible Dust. Offshore included work by Tacita Dean, Tania Kovats and John Akomfrah as well as new commissions by Phil Coy, Mariele Neudecker, Bik van der Pol and Martin Parr. She also commissioned and curated new work by Gayle Chong Kwan and Laura Wilson for Arts Council England’s Ambitions for Excellence ‘Surroundings’ project in the Humber Region on themes of food sustainability.
Lara works with art galleries and museums in the UK to curate exhibitions from their collections and to initiate new work and displays by contemporary artists. Specialising in participatory art practice, she set-up Sea Swim, originally a cultural olympiad project, which explores, with swimmers, how swimming in the sea encourages creativity. From 2015 to 2017 she curated Sea Swim’s touring exhibition Head Above Water which launched in Plymouth and included work by Dorothy Cross as well new commissions by Simon Pope. In 2017 she curated ‘York Symphony: Marinella Senatore’ and from 2014-18 she was a Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, leading cross-disciplinary seminars and workshops; she now works closely with University of Exeter supporting their contemporary art programmes
Lara Goodband studied English Literature and History of Art at the University of York and holds a MA in History of Art from the University of Manchester.
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