Team

Team

Kirstie Skinner

Kirstie Skinner

Editor and Lead Researcher

As a lecturer, researcher, and consultant working in the field of visual art, Kirstie Skinner has conducted conversations around contemporary art with artists, professionals, students and general audiences since 2000.

In 2007 she filmed interviews with the collections curators participating in Scotland’s National Collecting Scheme for Scotland.  A further series of consultations with Scotland’s visual art sector in 2010 enabled her to form Outset Scotland, a philanthropic fund that works with private individuals to support contemporary art commissions and the gifting of new works to museum collections, including a suite of works by Corin Sworn presented to the McManus in Dundee (originally commissioned for Scotland + Venice 2013), and a work by Torsten Lauschmann first displayed at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art during Generation in 2014.

In 2014, funded by Creative Scotland and the University of Glasgow's "Affiliate" Programme, Skinner embarked on an intensive series of dialogues for this website; and at the same time, was appointed Edinburgh University’s Fellow in Contemporary Art Theory and Curating 2015/16, working with the Collections Development Group facilitating postgraduate students to engage with, and contribute to, this fascinating field of research.

Kirsten Lloyd

Kirsten Lloyd

Research Associate

Kirsten Lloyd is an independent curator and Teaching Fellow in Curatorial Practice at Edinburgh College of Art. Her research focuses on late 20th and 21st century art, including lens-based practice, participatory work, the art document and realism as well as curatorial theory and practice.

In 2013 she co-curated ECONOMY with Angela Dimitrakaki (www.economyexhibition.net).  Presented at Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow) and Stills (Edinburgh) the exhibition investigated the production of subjectivity through a capitalist economy in the 21st century. Their co-edited book ECONOMY: Art, Production and the Subject in the 21st Century was published by Liverpool University Press in 2015.

Previous curatorial projects include The Ethics of Encounter (2011), Nicky Bird’s Beneath the Surface/Hidden Place (2006-10), charting the effects of economic change and regeneration in Scotland and the Martha Rosler Library with Anton Vidokle (2008), all presented at Stills, Edinburgh.

In 2014, together with Neil Lebeter (Curator of University of Edinburgh Art Collection and Deputy Head of Museums) and Angela Dimitrakaki (Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory), Kirsten established a new Contemporary Art Research Collection at the University to enhance and support research undertaken within the School of History of Art.  In parallel, they established the Collecting Development Group, bringing students closer to the key issues involved in setting up a new collection.

Ornella Begalli

Ornella Begalli

Copyright and Image Management Assistant

Ornella Begalli graduated in 2015 from the University of Verona with a 2.1 BA in English Literature and German.

Having fallen in love with Edinburgh during her year abroad, she decided to go back to the Scottish capital to pursue a Masters Degree in Modern and Contemporary Art.  When she is not glued to her camera, she spends time reading as many books as possible. Since October 2015 she interned for the Collecting Contemporary Website project, where she “gained insights on how the fantastic Scottish Contemporary Art scene works".

Regina Konovalova

Regina Konovalova

Social Media and Communications Assistant

Regina Konovalova came to the UK in 2006 to fully experience the extent of its history and culture, and has not wanted to leave since.

She studied at the University of Bristol graduating in 2015 with a 2.1 in BA History of Art and Italian, having researched a dozen essays and enjoyed a year abroad studying in Milan and Verona. During her final year she worked at Spike Island, a contemporary art centre in Bristol, as Gallery/Marketing and Comms volunteer, which prompted her to pursue the MSc Modern and Contemporary Art at ECA. Since October 2015 has been an intern for Collecting Contemporary website, where she had an opportunity to "learn about and appreciate the fascinating Scottish contemporary art scene and contribute to the amazing project that is Collecting Contemporary".

Shelby Lakins

Shelby Lakins

Collections Research Assistant and co-author

Shelby Lakins studied fine arts at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois (BS: Painting and Illustration) and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MSc Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism), where she participated in the inaugural Collections Development Group in 2014 and managed student submissions for the Reading Room on this site.

With Collecting Contemporary editor Kirstie Skinner, she attended research interviews with collections curators from around Scotland, and co-authored the Hunterian entries and curatorial discussions on this site. She subsequently gained a first class for her thesis about the Hunterian Art Gallery. Shelby is currently working for the Texas State History Museum and as a Collection Registrar intern for the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX.

Collections Development Group 2014-15 with Kirstie Skinner and Kirsten Lloyd

Collections Development Group 2014/15

The "Collections Development Group" was initiated by Kirsten Lloyd and the University’s Art Collections Curator, Neil Lebeter in 2014.  The group enables postgraduate students to contribute to the Research Collection’s development and gain experience in complex acquisition and care processes.

In the two years of its existence, the Group participated in workshops on different topics surrounding collections and their development, visiting institutions and meeting with curators and artists around Scotland.  Students from both cohorts contributed to the conversations that helped shape the ‘Collecting Contemporary’ website.

In 2014/15 Paige Hirschey, John White, Han Lu, Laura Tully, Magdalena Aleman and Anna Blaha wrote contributions for the site, while Shelby Lakins undertook a work-based dissertation and made several written contributions to the site.

 

Collections Development Group 2014-15 with Kirstie Skinner and Kirsten Lloyd

Collections Development Group 2014/15 with Kirstie Skinner and Kirsten Lloyd

‘Collections Development Group 2015-16 with Kirstie Skinner, Kirsten Lloyd and artist Joanne Tatham

Collections Development Group 2015/16

The "Collections Development Group" was initiated by Kirsten Lloyd and the University’s Art Collections Curator, Neil Lebeter in 2014.  The group enables postgraduate students to contribute to the Research Collection’s development and gain experience in complex acquisition and care processes.

In the two years of its existence, the Group participated in workshops on different topics surrounding collections and their development, visiting institutions and meeting with curators and artists around Scotland.  Students from both cohorts contributed to the conversations that helped shape the ‘Collecting Contemporary’ website.

In 2015/16 Aaron Shaw and Liesbeth Visee contributed reports on various sources to the ‘Reading Room’ feature of the website, while Ornella Begalli and Ginny Konovalova undertook their internships with Collecting Contemporary and made fundamental contributions to the making and launching of the site.

 

‘Collections Development Group 2015-16 with Kirstie Skinner, Kirsten Lloyd and artist Joanne Tatham

Collections Development Group 2015-16 with Kirstie Skinner, Kirsten Lloyd and artist Joanne Tatham