Monday, May 2, 2011
Catherine Hemelryk (Born 1978 in Rugby, UK) independent curator, lives and works in London, Northampton and Rugby. Catherine Hemelryk holds an MA Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and BA (hons) Fine Art from Newcastle University (with an Erasmus Exchange to VSVU Bratislava). She is currently studying Politics at the Open University. Catherine Hemelryk is an independent curator with projects across the UK and Europe as well as Curator three days a week at the Fishmarket Gallery in Northampton. She was Curator at CAC Vilnius from 2005-2008 where she curated exhibitions including Tales From the Travel Journal vol. I and Extreme Crafts. She also worked with CAC TV and the Info Lab, commissioning artist interventions and establishing a Discussion group. She has undertaken curatorial residencies and curated projects at Hotel MariaKapel in Hoorn, Magacin in Belgrade, Galerie Antje Wachs in Berlin and has curated programmes of exhibitions, events and CPD for Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and BCA in the East of England. Catherine regularly gives talks and lectures and has edited and written essays and performance writings and reviews for publications including Channa Boon published by Stroom, Siaures Atenai, Estonia Art and has established Beyond, an information distribution network for the East of England. She is an Arts Council Escalator Artist and has participated in projects at Wysing Arts Centre and Mind Radio.
Meeting with Catherine Hemelryk 
19.05.2011 / Tbilisi State Academy of Arts

Catherine Hemelryk talked about protest as an art form. She discussed the Pro-Test Lab steered by Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas in Vilnius at a time of privatization of public space in Lithuania, whose project used the iconic Cinema Lietuva as its focus. With a nod to the political activism of the 1960s and 70s, she also talked about other examples of protest as art including the recent Save the Arts campaign in the UK as a result of government cuts to arts funding and education, asking if there is a line between political epigram, protest publicity, action as art and what happens when they overlap.

Residency stay of Catherine Hemelryk was supported by Arts Council England.