ABOUT


THE CURATOR

JOSHUA FREDDIE VAUGHAN, ARTIST AND WRITER, IS THE CURATOR AND EVENTS MANAGER OF TAKE COURAGE GALLERY. BASED IN LEWISHAM, VAUGHAN IS HAS WORKED IN THE ARTS SECTOR FOR SEVERAL YEARS, RUNNING SEVERAL ARTS AND PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS, MOST RECENTLY CULMINATING IN EXCHANGE PROJECT, A NOMADIC CURATORIAL PROGRAM THAT FINDS IT’S NEW HOME IN THE RENOWNED TAKE COURAGE GALLERY. VAUGHAN’S INTERESTS AS A CURATOR ARE DIVERSE. 

HE IS BUILDING A PROGRAMME OF ARTS EVENTS CENTRED AROUND UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, RELATIONAL ARTS PRACTICES, THE ROLE OF NOVELTY AND APPARENT IMPOSSIBILITY IN ART, PSYCHOANALYSIS AND CRAFT PRACTICES. HE IS ALSO INTERESTED IN THE QUALITY OF INTERFACE BETWEEN PUBLIC AND ARTIST AND THE MANY APPROACHES THAT MAY BE TAKEN BY A CURATOR TO MAKE ART ACCESSIBLE WHILST NOT COMPROMISING THE INTEGRITY OF THE WORK.

HE WORKS WITH ELX ART, DRIVING CHANGE WITH ART, EXCHANGE PROJECT, FLUX, THE LONDON GROUP, FREE PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS SOCIETY AND OTHERS. AS AN ARTIST HE IS DEEPLY INTERESTED IN HOW HUMANS CONSTRUCT MYTHS AND FAIRYTALES TO DIRECT THEIR SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, HOW HUMAN DESIRE IS FORMED AND DIRECTED, AND PSYCHOANALYSIS.

VISUALLY AND FORMALLY, HE EXPLORES THE EMERGENCE OF ORDER FROM CHAOTIC FORMS, SYMBOLIC IMAGERY RELATING TO ARCHETYPAL SUBJECTS THAT ARE UNIVERSALLY SHARED (THOUGH INDIVIDUALLY INTERPRETED) AND THAT WHICH IS APPARENTLY IMPOSSIBLE.

VAUGAN STUDIED AT CENTRAL ST. MARTINS AND CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL.

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VAUGHAN CO-MANAGES EXCHANGE PROJECT WITH FELLOW ARTIST JAMES SIRRELL INTENDING TO PROVIDE GRADUATES WITH A FREE ART RESIDENCY IN WEST LONDON. THE EXCHANGE RESIDENCY WAS A TWO MONTH PROGRAM OF TUTORIALS, CRITS, AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT, PROVIDED FOR FREE, BY VAUGHAN AND SIRRELL. IT CULMINATED IN AN EXHIBITION, AN ARTICLE IN THE EXCHANGE ZINE, AND A PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST.

SINCE 2018 EXCHANGE HAD NO PERMANENT PREMISES, AND CURATED A NUMBER OF EXHIBITIONS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND LONDON BECOMING A NOMADIC PROGRAM OF EVENTS. SINCE VAUGHAN HAS BECOME CURATOR OF TAKE COURAGE, THERE IS NOW A PHYSICAL SPACE FOR THE VARIOUS EXCHANGE PROJECT EXHIBITIONS THAT OCCUR, AND HE IS DEVELOPING A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO PROJECTS.

EXCHANGE PROJECT ALSO PUBLISH A ZINE EVERY YEAR, SHOWCASING THE WORK OF A NUMBER OF ARTISTS WHOM THEY WORK WITH AND COVERING A RANGE OF TOPICS FROM REVIEWS, CRITICAL ESSAYS, OBSERVATIONS ON MODERN ART, CULTURE AND LONDON, AS WELL AS DISCUSSING CURRENT THEMES RELEVANT TO THE ART WORLD TODAY.

EXCHANGE PROJECT SEEKS TO:

- PROVIDE A SUPPORT NETWORK FOR ARTISTS WHO HAVE RECENTLY GRADUATED, AND ARE LOOKING TO GET A FOOT ON THE NEBULOUS LADDER OF THE ART WORLD.

- CREATE A PLATFORM THAT MAY SERVE AS A NETWORKING HUB FOR EARLY-TO-MID CAREER ARTISTS

- EXPLORE INTER-DISCIPLINARY ARTS DISCOURSE, AND THE DISSEMINATION OF ARTS-KNOWLEDGE  THROUGH MAKING ‘ZINES, PRODUCING PODCASTS, CURATION EXHIBITIONS, WRITING ESSAYS AND PRODUCING VIDEOS.

- EXPLORE AND DEVELOP THE ROLE OF CURATOR: SPECIFICALLY AS AN INTERLOCUTOR, OR TRANSLATOR, FOR THE PUBLIC.


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