Course Director, MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice
Mona Casey is an artist-curator and Course Director for MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the School of Art, Birmingham City University. She is also a lecturer on the BA and MA Fine Art courses. Mona exhibits nationally and internationally and works collaboratively and independently.
She was co-founder and curator of COLONY an artist-run space based in Birmingham, UK, and now co-ordinates SLICE, a nomadic project which disseminates its work through various means including exhibition, publication and online formats. She is also co-director of The Event, a bi-annual presentation of Birmingham’s artist-led galleries and projects and is currently directing the programming of ARTicle gallery at The School of Art.
Research interests and expertise
Mona Casey is Course Director MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art.
She was co-founder and curator of COLONY an artist run space based in Birmingham and co-director of The Event, a bi-annual presentation of artist-led galleries and projects.
She currently directs the programming of ARTicle gallery at the School of Art, and is developing The Museum of [ ] Objects, an alternative Museum collection, as well as working with the Birmingham School of Architecture, Birmingham City University, to develop a curating - architecture handbook for MAK Museum, Vienna.
Curation, sculpture and installation, printmaking and digital painting
The Museum of [ ] Objects – mac Birmingham – March – September 2012
The Museum of [ ] Objects is a curatorial strategy aimed at generating a new art collection for a limited period of time.
Each of the artists participating in Museum, have been invited to submit an object, text, video, performance, or other outcome which will be displayed on a particular week within the ALLOTMENT’s time frame, starting in March and running until the beginning of September. The artists selected for Museum are based on subjective rationales and choices, related to the collective curatorial group.
The process will entail the display of a singular work each week with an accompanying descriptive text written by the artist. The curator is removed from the process of interpreting the work, promoting the artists as definer, of their own contribution. At key points throughout the coming months, the collection as it exists at that time will be displayed in its entirety; with the final culmination of work being realised for the metaphorical harvest period of September.
The Museum of [ ] Objects engages with museum display strategies that both emphasise the individual work over the collection and at particular times and in specific sites the collection takes precedence over the individual components. The artworks within the collection may at times, be loaned to other plot-holders, in an attempt to infiltrate and establish the collection within another curatorial context.
The Museum of [ ] Objects is curated by Mona Casey and Sonya-Russell-Saunders.
Mona Casey currently directs and curates ARTicle gallery, recent shows include:
2012 – And Miles to go before I sleep, ARTicle gallery, School of Art, Birmingham
2012 – Prologue – Each to their Own, Film Bug, Flatpack Festival 2012, Colmore Row, Birmingham
2012 – AAS, School of Art, Birmingham
2012 – NOTICE, ARTicle gallery, School of Art, Birmingham
2011 – We’ve been Re-distributed - Ryan Hughes, ARTicle gallery, School of Art, Birmingham
2008 - Selector of Leamington Spa Open annual Exhibition
2008 - The Art of Ideas, commissioned by ArtsCo. Arts Agency, London
2008 – External Assessor – NAN awards, Artist Newsletter, UK
2006 – present Steering group member, Birmingham Contemporary Arts Forum – involved with the organisation of The Event artist-led contemporary arts festival
2006—2007 Member of Self-Service – Pub conversations 2006/ 08
Awards and grants
2011 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts (The Event)
2011 Birmingham City Council, Arts Division (The Event)
2009 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts (The Event)
2007 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the arts (Colony, ZOO Art Fair)
2007 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts (The Event)
2007 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the arts (Colony, Programme and publication development)
2007 Birmingham City Council, Arts Division (Colony, Flavia Muller Medeiros exhibition)
2007 Creative Industries, (Colony, publication)
2006 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the arts (Colony, Programme development)
2005 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the arts (Colony, Programme development)
2004 Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the arts (Casey & McAree, exhibition production)
2011 – Turning Point West Midlands, Mona Casey interviews Elizabeth Rowe
2009 – Map Magazine, Autumn 2009, Mona Casey interviews Tatham & O’Sullivan
2007 – Editor 'As if something once mentioned now plain to see', Colony publication
2007 – 'Taking the matter into common hands', Black Dog publishing, [an] magazine
2006 – 'The 18th Storey', Haddon Tower, Birmingham, [an] magazine
2005 – 'The Best Years of our Lives', Midwest, Birmingham, [an] magazine
2005 – Email discussion online between Mona Casey and Paul McAree
2005 – The Nature of Things, The Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UCE/ BM&AG
2005 – ‘Space’, The Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, [an] magazine
2011 – B42, SLICE Distribution Center, The Event, Birmingham
2009 – The Space between, Surrounds our Desire – The Event Festival, Birmingham
2009 – The Space between, Surrounds our Desire – Commissioned by Axis online.
2012 – The Museum of [ ] Objects, mac Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham
2008 – Merging Territories, The Que Club, Corporation Street, Birmingham (Commissioned as part of New Generation Arts Festival)
2007 – Last of the Urgents, Colony, Birmingham
2007 – ZOO Art Fair, The Academy, London
2007 – The Drunken Boat, Colony, Birmingham
2007 – Frou Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires, Colony, Birmingham
2007 – Flavia Muller Medeiros, Colony, Birmingham
2007 – Black Light, The Event Festival
2006 – Legacies of Dissolution, Colony, Birmingham
2006 – The Birmingham School of Business School, New Generation Arts Festival, Island House, Birmingham
2006 – Black Implication Flooding, Colony, Birmingham
2005 – All at once together at the same time, Colony, Birmingham
2004 v The End is the beginning is the end, Colony, Birmingham
Solo and collaborative exhibitions
2008 - Heavier than a coffin on your shoulder, The Agency, London, (Casey & McAree)
2006 - Deep in the Woods, Tulca (within and without), Galway, Ireland, (Casey & McAree)
2006 - Misdemeanours and Regurgitations, Solo exhibition, Colony, Birmingham
2005 - Wolf Eyes, Periscope, Birmingham UK. (Casey & McAree)
2004 - Internal Centre of imaginary Resistance, Alternative space, Birmingham
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 – B42, SLICE Distribution Center, Birmingham
2009 – Fuck Books (Tijuana Bibles), Commissioned by Clarke & McDevitt, Abstract Cabinet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
2007 - Zoo Art Fair, The Academy, London
2007 - Drunken Boat, Colony, (Casey & McAree)
2007 - Frou Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires, Colony
2006 - Mise en Scene, MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2006 - Legacies of dissolution, Colony, (Casey & McAree)
2006 – Inagural, Citric CONTEMPORARY, Brescia, Italy
2006 - Open Mill-Workers/ [insertspace], Manchester
2006 - Art School City Inn, Birmingham
2006 - The Birmingham School of Business School, New Generation Arts Festival, Island House, Birmingham
2006 - Quatermass Code collaborative Installation, BLOCprojects, Sheffield (Casey & McAree)
2006 - Originality is Reified…, Hollow Gallery, London, (Casey & McAree)
2005 - Contemporary Prints, London Print Studio, London
2005 - All at once, together, at the same time, Colony, Birmingham
2005 - Landscape, ongoing external poster project at major European cultural festivals, Venice Biennial 2005, Cork City of Culture, 2005
2005 - The Window Project, BA, Birmingham
2004 - The End is the Beginning is the End, Colony, Birmingham
2004 - Offer it all up, our madness, that will be crushed, on this land that has come to be called chaos unzipped, Birmingham, (Casey & McAree)
2004 - Landscape, Birmingham city, series of 4 x A2 posters distributed to various venues, (Casey & McAree)
2002 - Liverpool Biennial - The Independent, St Johns Market, Liverpool Biennial
2011 - Art in a Cold Climate, Turning Point West Midlands in partnership with Birmingham City University and University of Warwick