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Manchester Art Fair 2024

Paulette Brien

Paulette Brien

Paulette has been Curator of Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool since November 2017. Founded in 1911, Grundy Art Gallery draws on the contemporary context and heritage of Blackpool to deliver an ambitious exhibitions and events programme. Prior to commencing this post, Paulette was involved in the inception and delivery of several artist-led initiatives based in Manchester, including The International 3, of which she was co-founder and co-director. Over 17 years, The International 3; which ceased operating at the end of 2017, presented a year-round programme of exhibitions and events both on and off-site, as well as representing artists and participating in national and international art fairs. The International 3 was also the Curatorial Coordinator of The Manchester Contemporary art fair from 2010-2017.

Additionally, over the last 30 years, Paulette has worked part-time and as a freelancer for a range of other organisations including Arts Council England and Creative Industries Development Service. Paulette is regularly invited to deliver presentations within academic and professional development settings, has been a judge for several art prizes and open submission exhibitions, and works as an artists’ mentor. Paulette is a steering group member of The Manchester Contemporary, a Trustee for Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster and a Leader in Residence for UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire). She has written articles, critical texts and catalogue contributions for Axisweb, a-n, Manchester Art Gallery, Touchstones, Rochdale and Drawing Room, London, among others. In 2016 Paulette was awarded an MPhil from Manchester Metropolitan University for her Postgraduate study of the curatorial condition of the contemporary art fair.