BASIC TALKS ~ Alissa Kleist
The Hugh Lane Gallery
Basic Space is delighted to present Alissa Kleist for our July BASIC TALK.
Alissa Kleist is a curator based in Belfast. In 2012, she co-founded Household with Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Eoin Dara, Ciara Hickey, and Kim McAleese and collectively runs the organisation, co-curating site-specific public programmes, exhibitions, residencies and events in Belfast in community, public and non-institutional spaces.
Household is currently delivering a long-term project in the historical Sailortown neighbourhood funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation that explores the area’s past, present and future through high-quality arts programming and embedded participatory and collaborative practice.
Alongside her work at Household, Alissa is currently the project curator of the Freelands Artist Programme at PS² (Belfast), which is part of a new UK-wide initiative designed to support and grow regional arts ecosystems by fostering long-term-relationships and collaborations between emerging artists and arts organisations.
Prior to this, she was the Curator (Exhibitions) at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry where, from 2015 to 2018, she commissioned and delivered exhibitions and new projects with local and international artists. She received an an MFA from Ulster University in 2011 and from 2011 to 2013 was one of the Co-Directors at Catalyst Arts in Belfast.
As an independent curator, she has delivered projects at organisations in Ireland and the UK. She regularly gives talks and presentations at the invitation of cultural and educational institutions and critically writes about art for publications and online platforms.
BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.
Admission is free but spaces are limited to 50 so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.
Image ~ Still image from The production of daily life: the past and future of a neighbourhood, a project by Sol Archer. Image courtesy of Sol Archer and Household.