International Curatorial Residency, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2019. Photo: Ben Taylor

International Curatorial Residency Symposium 2023: Residencies for the 21st Century

  • Fri 15 September 2023
  • 11 am – 4 pm

Join us for ‘Residencies for the 21st Century,’ a one-day symposium at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, celebrating the culmination of our 2023 International Curatorial Residency.

Returning for its fourth year, this event will highlight a range of pioneering approaches to residencies, through the experiences of influential leaders in the field. Moderated by Hauser & Wirth Senior Curatorial Director Kate Fowle, the symposium will explore how residencies can result in adventurous and often unexpected forms of creative production.

Drawing from private, public, and artist-founded models, discussions will examine co-creation and collaboration, untraditional spaces and creative discovery, studio-based and research-focused formats, and engagement with site and community.

This event is open to all, with donations supporting our 2023 – 2024 charitable partner, Bruton Community Library. Tickets cost £35 per person and advance booking is essential. The event includes refreshments and lunch served by Roth Bar & Grill.


• Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey

• Yoshua Okón

• Dexter Wimberly

• Alessio Antoniolli (Keynote)

• Kate Fowle (Chair)


• 11 am: Arrival, coffee and viewing of ‘GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNG

• 11.30 am: Welcome, introductions and keynote

• 12 pm: Presentations and discussions (part one)

• 1.30 pm: Lunch by Roth Bar & Grill

• 2.30 pm: Presentations and discussions (part two)

• 3 pm: Q&A with delegates

• 3.40 pm: Symposium ends, opportunity to meet with the speakers and attendees

For all enquiries, please contact Seana Burr.

About the International Curatorial Residency

The symposium is the culmination of Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s fourth International Curatorial Residency, where a group of global curators and artists spend one week immersed the ethos and programming of the gallery to share knowledge and create new opportunities and connections for the cultural sector. Alongside time spent in rural Somerset, participants join our London gallery team to visit museums, institutions and artist studios to further their conversations.

Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, 2023 © Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey. Photo: Juha Törmälä

Yoshua Okón, 2023 © Yoshua Okón

Dexter Wimberly, 2023 © Dexter Wimberly. Photo: Cameron Peagler

About the Speakers

Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey

Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey is a producer, curator and editor with a background in economics, management and cultural policy. Together with designer Ab Rogers and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, she is the co-founder of DRU+, a research and development agency operating in the fields of healthcare, culture and sustainability. Since 2016, Bertolotti-Bailey has been Co-Director of publishing, archiving and learning platform The Serving Library. Until 2022, Bertolotti-Bailey was the CEO of Cove Park, an international artists’ residency in rural Scotland.

Yoshua Okón

Artist Yoshua Okón currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico. His work blends staged situations, documentation and improvisation, questioning habitual perceptions of reality and truth, selfhood and morality. Okón’s work is included in the collections of Tate Modern, London, UK; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles CA; National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, Canberra; Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; and University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico.

In 2009, alongside a collective of Mexican artists, Okón founded SOMA, a non-profit organization conceived to nurture discussion and exchange of ideas in the field of contemporary art and education. Responding to local needs, SOMA is a platform committed to strengthening art education, creating links and cooperation between cultural agents from different generations, contexts and nationalities, where debates, even if contradictory, can take place.

Dexter Wimberly

Dexter Wimberly is an American curator based in Japan who has organized exhibitions in galleries and institutions around the world, including: Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY; The Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas TX; The Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte NC; KOKI Arts, Tokyo, Japan; BODE, Berlin, Germany; and The Third Line in Dubai, UAE.

Wimberly is a Senior Critic at New York Academy of Art, the Founder and Director of the Hayama Artist Residency in Japan and the Co-Founder and CEO of the online education platform, CreativeStudy. Founded in 2020, the Hayama Artist Residency introduces visual artists from around the world to Japanese culture,  offering them an opportunity to have their first gallery exhibition in Japan. Artists are not required to create new work during their residency, but they are encouraged to use their time in Japan to plan for their future and to develop new ideas.

Alessio Antoniolli, 2023 © Alessio Antoniolli

Kate Fowle 2023 © Kate Fowle. Photo: James Hill

About the Keynote

Alessio Antoniolli

Alessio Antoniolli is the Director of Gasworks in London, a non-profit contemporary visual art organization, where he leads a program of exhibitions, international residencies and participatory events. He is also the Director of Triangle Network, a global network of visual art organizations that work together to create artists’ exchanges and to share knowledge with each other. Since 2022, Antoniolli has been the curator at Fondazione Memmo in Rome, Italy, where he programs one international exhibition each year. He has lectured widely and been part of many juries, including the UK’s Turner Prize in 2019.

About the Chair

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle is the Senior Curatorial Director at Hauser & Wirth, based in New York NY. Prior to joining the gallery, she was Director of MoMA PS1 in New York NY, Chief Curator and Artistic Director at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, and the Executive Director of Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York NY. She has also worked in China as the first International Curator of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing and was the Co-Founder of the first Masters Program in Curatorial Practice on the West Coast of the United States in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. Before moving to the United States in 2001, Fowle was co-founder of Smith + Fowle, an independent curatorial partnership in London, UK.

Fowle has curated more than 50 exhibitions internationally and initiated a number of institutional programs to support artistic research and collective practices. She has conceived and edited publishing series, written extensively on artists’ expanded practices and published numerous extended texts on curating and exhibition histories.

Please be advised that photography and filming will take place at this event for use on the Hauser & Wirth website, social media and in other marketing materials.

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