Sam Watson is founder and Programme Director of CIRCA Projects, a curatorial organisation based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. CIRCA Projects’ exhibition program focuses on contemporary artistic developments from the UK and abroad, and collaborates with local and international partners in the development and dissemination of its programs. CIRCA Projects is structured on a ‘peripatetic’ model, and works with partners to best deliver work such as exhibitions, debates, talks, performances and screenings. Watson is interested in the role of the curator. Through writing, research, designing and curating, his work investigates methodologies of ways of working together, and processes of display in relation to contemporary art and exhibition making. During the MOBIUS fellowship he will investigate best practice in the areas of artist/curator collaboration, researching possibilities for future international cooperation and building insights into Finnish artists, curators, and models of exhibition and production.
The residency is realised in context of Mobius fellowship program for visual arts, museum and archive professionals based in New York, United Kingdom, Ireland and Finland. Mobius is a three-year pilot program organized by the Finnish Institute in London and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.