Chiara Williams is an artist and curator with over 20 years experience working in the art world, both in private and public sectors; she has curated over 75 exhibitions and worked with over 400 artists.
Key achievements include: co-founding the art gallery WW Contemporary Art (2008-2016) in Hackney, East London, before moving to premises in Hatton Garden; presenting the annual winner of the SOLO Award™ (2012-2019) in the Art Projects section of the London Art Fair; pioneering two collateral UK events at the 53rd & 54th Venice Biennales (2009 & 2011).
After relocating to Margate in 2017, Williams established DRY RUN, a salon for peer-to-peer critiques structured around presentations of work-in-progress. In 2018 she co-curated At the Violet Hour, an artist-led takeover of the semi-derelict Nayland Rock Hotel in Margate, as part of Turner Contemporary's Journeys with 'The Waste Land'. In 2018 - 2019 she guest curated the programme at LIMBO Margate, including PLUS ONE, a season of 7 exhibitions as part of the Turner Prize season.
Her background includes 10 years as an HE and FE teacher and lecturer in art history, fine art, design, media and film, alongside working at the Venice Biennale, the British Council and Modern Art Oxford. She has an MFA & BFA from the University of Oxford (The Ruskin School of Art) and an MA in Audio-Visual Production from London Metropolitan University.
Chiara has experience in managing marketing, fundraising and sales, and has collaborated with numerous artists, curators and writers through exhibitions, exchanges, residencies, off-site projects, commissions, publications, talks and workshops.
Since late 2019 Chiara has taken a step back from curating to fully focus on developing her own practice. She works from her studio in Margate, Kent and publishes new work and exhibition news on her artist page here.