Catsou Roberts is Director of Vital Arts, the charitably-funded arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust which commissions site-specific works for five hospitals in East London. Since joining in 2009, she has delivered many permanent projects including works by Hurvin Anderson and Roger Hiorns. In 2015, she was Guest Curator for L’Été photographique, the city-wide art festival in Lectoure, France.
From 1999-2004 Roberts was Senior Curator at Arnolfini. Roberts was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Museum Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program and later attended the Ecole du Magasin Curating Programme in Grenoble, France in 1994. She has written extensively and frequently serves as a visiting lecturer. A member of AICA and IKT, she has lived and worked in the USA, France, Germany and Japan as well as the UK.
The framework for Catsou Roberts’s presentation will be the site-specific and context-sensitive art projects by Vital Arts over the past decade. She will show several examples of projects by Vital Arts throughout—including visual art, dance, music, literature and creative programming.
She will discuss commissioning art for the public realm, risk taking, site-specificity, providing access to culture, and advocating for raising the standard of art in hospitals. She will explore some of the problems and issues around commissioning art in such a particular context.
Please join us at 5pm in EW1.10 where Catsou will be presenting a free lecture provided by PASS.