Instituting with Care: Codes of Practice

9 July 2021

6 pm - 7.30 pm


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Grand Union is hosting the first in a series of events exploring what it would mean for art institutions to practice with radical care and transparency. This first event will focus on codes of practice and organisational values, including sharing some of Grand Union’s own ways of working. 
We will be joined by Sarah Williams of the Feminist Center for Creative Work, LA, Tereza Stejskalova of and Feminist (Art) Institution, Prague, and Alba Colomo of la Sala, Nottingham and La Escocesa, Barcelona. 
The event series Instituting with Care is curated by Lucy Lopez in partnership with a number of small arts organisations, including Arts Catalyst, Sheffield, The Luminary, St Louis, and la Sala, Nottingham, and will result in an edited publication of the same name, forthcoming in 2022. 
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Alba Colomo is a cultural worker currently based in Barcelona, Spain. She is the co-founder of la Sala, an in(ter)dependent ecofeminist collective based in the UK. In 2020 she was a recipient of a Jerwood Arts bursary with which she undertook training in permaculture and researched its potential as a methodology for curatorial practice and art institutions. She is currently developing the project fantasmas que circulan (ghosts who wander) on institutional psychotherapy as part of the NO-EXPO programme at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. She has recently joined the team of La Escocesa, in Barcelona.

Tereza Stejskalová is a curator and researcher studying (post-)socialist visual culture from feminist and postcolonial perspectives. In recent years, her focus has been the film production of students from the Global South in Czechoslovakia between 1948–1989, specifically tackling racism under state socialism, or contemporary art practices which deal with invisible (racialized and gendered) labor. She publishes texts in academic and non-academic journals (e.g., Artmargins Online, Journal of Visual Art Practice) and (co-)curates projects and exhibitions (Matter of Art Biennale, Prague, 2020; Upon All of Us Equally, Bucharest, 2019; Biafra of Spirit, National Gallery in Prague, 2017). She is interested in exploring possibilities and contradictions of feminist instituting under the current social and economic conditions and is a program director of She lectures at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Sarah Williams is the Co-founder & Executive Director of Feminist Center for Creative Work (formerly Women’s Center for Creative Work)  Born and raised in Hawthorne, CA, Sarah returned to Los Angeles in 2006 to attend USC’s Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere M.A. program after receiving a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since then she has been producing projects, exhibitions, programs, events and publications with ForYourArt, FCCW, CLOSING, and the Art Book Review.

Lucy Lopez is an interdependent curator and writer. Together with Alba Colomo she is co-founder of la Sala, a small ecofeminist art organisation and growing space in Nottingham, UK. She is currently writing up her PhD, Instituting with Care, and is working on an edited book of the same name. Her work draws on feminisms, practices of care, instituting and the politics of work. Most recently she has curated exhibitions for Grand Union, Eastside Projects, and BALTIC, and she was previously Curator of Exhibitions and Research at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. In 2014 she co-founded the London based art organisation Jupiter Woods. She has lectured, taught and published internationally.