Chris Rawcliffe appointed new Artistic Director of Forma
Forma’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Artistic Director, Chris Rawcliffe. Building on over 15 years’ experience working with and supporting artists, Chris will take up his new post in January 2019.
In 2010, Chris founded Pro Numb, an artist project space in Hackney that presented exhibitions from emerging as well as internationally established artists, including Peles Empire, Benedict Drew and Nicolas Brooks, Yuri Pattison and Candice Jacobs, as well as new commissions by Lawrence Weiner and Liam Gillick.
Following the closure of Pro Numb in 2016, Chris has curated a number of exhibitions and projects, including a section of Open Source Festival, London; On my island none of this would be true at arebyte, London, a group exhibition including works by Joan Jonas, Gery Georgieva and Guy Ben-Ner; and more recently a solo presentation by Jade Montserrat at SPACE Mare Street, London.
Chris joins Forma after 4 years as Relationship Manager for Visual Arts at Arts Council England, where he supports other National Portfolio Organisations such as Studio Voltaire, Bow Arts and Cubitt. Most recently, Chris has worked with the Mayor of London and OUTSET on a multi-million pound initiative set up to support the affordable artist workspace sector in London.
Commenting on his new role, Chris said:
“Having spent the last decade supporting artists at all stages of their careers, I am thrilled at the prospect of being fully immersed in the world of Forma, and commissioning great artists to realise their dream projects. Just as Forma prides itself on giving artists unique and tailored support, I have always put artists and their ideas first, and I can’t think of a more suitable organisation for me to join and continue to champion artists, dare them to think big and take artistic risks.
I am joining Forma at a time of great political uncertainty and polarisation, however as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Forma is part of a thriving arts sector. I look forward to working with practitioners of all backgrounds and Forma’s team to develop exceptional projects that generate debate and reflect the complexity of our times.”
Ferry van Dijk, Chair of Forma, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Chris Rawcliffe to Forma. Chris will bring the organisation a wealth of experience, as a producer, curator and policymaker. We envisage that under his leadership Forma will further establish itself as a network of artists, producers, editors, academics and audiences, becoming the leading creative producing and commissioning agency for the most relevant and challenging cross art form productions. We are looking forward to his fresh perspectives on Forma’s mission to ‘make remarkable art happen’ in the run up to our 20th birthday in 2022.”