In our latest Mixing It Up feature, curator Charlie Levine shares her three artists to watch, the inspiration behind establishing the Institute of Curiosity and Curating and her experience commissioning the ITV Creates Idents.
Charlie Levine specialises in creating communities of artists and partners to co-create complex art programmes for realisation across multiple venues. Specifically the designing and direction of the programme, the curatorial themes, working site / location responsively, bringing in the partners and developing (engagement) opportunities and legacy. As a curator Charlie works site responsively to alternatively archive places, people and events. She is developing several areas of research within curatorial methodologies, such as, ‘the frame’ for example, the context, a building / site and documentation, and ‘line’ which includes drawing, journeys, architecture and created pathways. Charlie uses fiction as a starting point for exhibition making, alongside its context for viewing, and am inspired by collaboration. She is a passionate advocate of women and of the arts, especially in policy and place making, creating more accessible entry routes into the arts and promoting a more diverse and representative sector.
An independent Curator and Artistic Director, Charlie Levine works between the West Midlands, London and Mumbai. She obtained an MA in Critical and Contextual Art Practices from Birmingham City University (2006) and started her curatorial career as founder and curator of TROVE, an independent art gallery in Birmingham (2009 to 2013). Charlie has worked on projects with the British Museum, Historic England, Crafts Council, Roundhouse, British Library, Central Saint Martins, UCL Culture, Government Art Collection, ITV, Camden Arts Centre, Artangel, National Portrait Gallery, Wellcome Collection, Sluice__ and RIBA. Key current projects: Director of Institute of Curiosity & Curating, Co-Director and co-founder of SqW:Lab, an international fellowship for creatives in Mumbai; and Curator of St. Pancras Wires, a new public art project in St. Pancras Station. Other informative positions and projects: Artistic Director of The Show Windows, a public realm project for Coventry UK City of Culture (2020 - 2022); Curator of ITV Creates, London (2018 - 2021); Arts Service Manager for Camden Council, London (2016 - 2017); Fair & Expo Manger and Curator for Sluice__ London and New York (2013–2017).