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Clive Adams’ curatorial career has spanned almost 40 years during which he has worked in some of the UK’s premier galleries and helped develop the careers of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and Peter Randall-Page.

He is available for private mentoring for artists and curators looking to develop their careers and public speaking to groups from higher education and professional organisations.

He was gallery co-ordinator at Arnolfini, Bristol (1974-79), then the largest contemporary arts complex outside London during which he initiated and hosted a series of major exhibitions including Howard Hodgkin, Ed Ruscha (1975), Jan Dibbets, Richard Long (1976), Robert Smithson (1977) and Carel Visser, Boyd Webb (1978).

As Director of Mostyn Art Gallery (1979-85) he supervised the restoration of the gallery, built in 1901, establishing it as Wales’s leading public exhibition space.  Particular major exhibitions included Barry Flanagan, Edward Hopper (1981), J D Innes, Augustus John and Derwent Lees (1982) and David Nash (1983).  For the exhibition ‘Turner in Wales’ (1984) the gallery was given a Prince of Wales Award.

He returned to London as managing director of Fabian Carlsson Gallery (1985-89).  This new commercial gallery dealt in international contemporary and modern art, including works by De Kooning, Miro, Picasso, Rauschenberg and Warhol.  It also represented younger European, American and Japanese artists.  He took particular responsibility for the work of Andy Goldsworthy and was closely involved in his projects in Japan and at the North Pole.

Since 1974, Clive Adams has been a member of various committees including the arts panels of South West Arts (1974-77) and North Wales Arts Association (1979-85), Executive Council, Welsh Sculpture Trust (1982-85) and Fine Art Advisory Committee, British Council (1983-85).  He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

In Britain, he compiled the catalogue raisonnes of Andy Goldsworthy’s photographs (1989) and Peter Randall-Page’s sculpture (1992) for the Henry Moore Centre of the Study of Sculpture.  In Japan, he co-ordinated the exhibition ‘Sun, Wind and Rain: the Awakening of British Landscape Painting’ (1992) with major loans from the Tate Gallery and other national collections. He was appointed one of the commissioners of Korea’s first international biennale (1995), being responsible for selecting work from the Middle East and African countries.

In 1997, he and his wife moved to Devon with the intention of establishing a new public gallery and study centre, the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, devoted to exploring new understandings of our changing relationship to nature through the arts. In 2004 CCANW entered into an exciting new partnership with the Forestry Commission in Haldon Forest Park. In a first phase, a CCANW Project Space opened there in April 2006, attracting 30,000 visitor/participants in its first year. In 2013 CCANW became a Community Interest Company and moved to the Innovation Centre, within the University of Exeter campus.

Clive also held a Research Post at the University of Plymouth (1998-2002) and was Curator of Exhibitions for the South West of England Regional Development Agency (1999-2004). Recently curated exhibitions include ‘Love, Labour and Loss: 300 Years of British Livestock Farming in Art’, commissioned by Carlisle City Council for showings in Carlisle and Exeter (2002) and ‘The Impossible View?’ for The Lowry, the latter winning the Museums and Heritage Award for best UK temporary exhibition of 2003.  He curated a second major exhibition for The Lowry ‘The Art of White’ (2006) and was one of the judges of the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2005. In 2009 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2010 External Panel Reader for the new MA Art & Environment course at University College Falmouth.

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One-to-one career advice for artists: (sessions last approx. 2 hr per person)
£80 for an individual
£200 for a group of five
Curatorial consultancy for arts organisations: £500 per day

CCANW Members receive a 10% discount.

Sessions can happen anywhere in the UK, mileage will be charged at 45p a mile.


Artist mentoring by Skype

CCANW is increasingly being approached for mentoring in this country and abroad and we can now offer our services on Skype. Sessions with CCANW’s director Clive Adams lasting around an hour cost £40, which then contributes to the delivery of our programmes.

Already, since speaking, changes have began to happen. I wish I had contacted Clive years ago.’ – Jane Le Besque, Geneva.



Or, if you’d prefer, please contact us for further details and bookings

The Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World (CCANW) is a charity registered in England & Wales Co. No.1167039
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