Irish born curator Úna Henry has been appointed Head of the Master Institute AKV | St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in 's Hertogenbosch. She brings her combined experience as a cultural organiser and researcher occupied with radical pedagogy and the role of art and its institutions in relation to labour and the political economy. During her tenure as director of SMART Project Space in Amsterdam from 2002 she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated cross-disciplinary contemporary arts programme, and organised major exhibitions of international standing together with an active public programme of events, as well as numerous symposia working alongside some of the most eminent artists and theorists in the field.
Úna received her doctorate in Fine Art from the University of Oxford in 2017. Her thesis, The Politics of Knowledge That Leads Elsewhere, is an examination of the knowledge economy as understood under the hypothesis of cognitive capitalism and its impact on contemporary social art practice, in particular the educational turn in art and curating.
She is currently working on a new publication Un-belonging: Counter imaginaries of the Present Throughout the Borderlands of Europe and Beyond in Film and Media. She has taught on Fine Art courses at Wimbledon School of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London. Una joins AKV|St.Joost in April 2018.
On her appointment she says:
“I’m honoured to be appointed Head of the Master Institute. I’m looking forward to supporting the international community of students, practitioners and scholars and developing further a world class artistic research culture to generate new ways of thinking and creative practice. It’s a really exciting challenge to develop and integrate the Master Institute into a wider research enquiry committed to tackling today’s urgencies.”