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Adam Carr


Adam Carr is a Curator and writer, and Senior Lecturer. He teaches Fine Art; History of Art and Museum Studies; and Exhibition Studies here at LJMU.

Carr currently holds a number of guest curatorial positions worldwide. He has recently curated 'POST-IT: COLOMBIA', an exhibition that opened at Espacio Mango, a new gallery space and exhibition programme he co-founded in Bogota, Colombia which opened September 2019. He also curated '1-31', an exhibition for Collecteurs, New York which was presented from January 2020. He is currently preparing 'Other People Place', a solo exhibition of the work of Ryan Gander scheduled to open May 2020 in Porto. His research interests cross contemporary art and curating, including uses of exhibition-making, its typologies and historical context.

He has curated over 60 exhibitions worldwide to date – previously a guest curator for Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Torino; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; ICA, London; e-flux, New York; MOSTYN I Wales; Nomas Foundation, Rome, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles and Arezzo City Arts Festival. In addition, he has curated exhibitions for Francesca Minini, Milan; Yvon Lambert, Paris; Artissima, Turin; T293, Naples; Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf; Johann Konig, Berlin; Nomas Foundation, Rome; Frutta, Rome; josegarcia, mx, Mexico City; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, among many others.

Since 2017 he has been an advisor for Art Brussels where he sits on the International Advisory Board.

He is a contributing editor to Mousse Magazine and CURA., and in 2019 he was appointed contributing editor of Collecteurs, New York for whom he will also serve as an advisor for curatorial and editorial content. He is also on the editorial board of The Exhibitionist, together with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Maria Lind, Massimiliano Gioni, Jessica Morgan and Fernanda Brenner.

From 2012 to 2017 he was Head of Exhibitions / Curator at MOSTYN I Wales (UK), Wales' largest contemporary visual arts centre where he curated solo exhibitions of the work of Amalia Pica, Ryan Gander, Annette Kelm, Keith Arnatt, Kris Martin, Bedwyr Williams, Sean Edwards and Nina Beier, among others, as well numerous group exhibitions including 'Return Journey' and 'Dear Portrait'. His programme of exhibitions at MOSTYN also featured the 'History Series', a sequence of shows he conceived and curated – with support from Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council, Wales – that investigated the rich heritage of MOSTYN’s building and the surrounding area, and used that history as starting points for the making of exhibitions in the present.

From 2006 to 2007 he was Adjunct Curator at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris.

As a writer, he has had over 200 texts published on art and curatorial practice, contributing to a large number of catalogues and monographs which have been published by ICA London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore; Renne Collection, Vancouver; Liverpool Biennial; and Gamec, Bergamo among others.

He has delivered lectures and given talks at many of the institutions, museums and galleries mentioned above, as well as elsewhere, including a number of Universities and at many conferences worldwide.

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - present
Guest Lecturer, Fine Art / Curating, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2015 - 2015
External assessor, Fine Art - Art & Design, University of Chester, 2014 - 2014
Guest Lecturer, Fine Art / Curating, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, 2007 - 2007


Journal article

Carr A. 2020. Hugh Hayden 'Meet Hugh' by Adam Carr Carr A. Mousse Magazine, :152-155 Publisher Url

Carr A. 2019. 'Untilted': Hannah Levy by Adam Carr Mousse Magazine, Author Url

Carr A. 2019. 'Near the Weather' Louisa Gagliardi by Adam Carr Carr A. Mousse Magazine, :90-99 Publisher Url

Carr A. 2019. Lydia Ourahmane 'CASSETTE PULLED FROM CAR CRASH' Carr A. Mousse Magazine, :254-259 Author Url Publisher Url


Carr A. 2019. Circuit - Test, Risk, Change TATE and Paul Hamyln Foundation 978-1-52723751-3 Author Url

Carr A. 2019. Photo Boom Photo Bust: Mladen Bizumic Revolver Books, Berlin. Berlin 978-3-95763-415-3 Author Url Publisher Url

Carr A. 2018. SAÂDANE AFIF 'PAROLES' :109-110 Wiels, Brussels and Triangle Books. Brussels 978-2-930777-24-5 Publisher Url

Carr A. 2018. Lara Favaretto Carr A. :8-17 Rennie Collection, Vancouver 978-0986596193 Publisher Url Public Url


Carr A. 'Under the Weather' Louisa Gagliardi Author Url Publisher Url

Carr A, Leahy O. 'She sees the shadows' Curated by Adam Carr & Olivia Leahy, MOSTYN I Wales Author Url

Carr A. 'E X I T', Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Curated by Adam Carr Author Url Publisher Url

Carr A. 'Original Fake' Curated by Adam Carr, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain Author Url Publisher Url

Carr A. Mike Perry 'Land/Sea'

Carr A. 'Miles of Creativity', MOSTYN I Wales, Curated by Adam Carr Author Url

Carr A. 'By Boat (Farewell)' Curated by Adam Carr, Jose Garcia ,mx, Mexico City Author Url Publisher Url

Carr A. 'POST-IT: COLOMBIA', Espacio Mango, Bogota, Colombia, Curated by Adam Carr & Jens Hoffmann Publisher Url

Carr A. Ryan Gander OBE 'Other People Place', Curated by Adam Carr, Porto, May 2020-


Carr A. '1-31', Curated by Adam Carr, Collecteurs, NY Publisher Url

Carr A. London Art Fair: Dialogues, Curated by Adam Carr Author Url Publisher Url

Carr A. Return Journey, Curated by Adam Carr, MOSTYN I Wales Publisher Url

Carr A. Meric Algun Ringborg, Curated by Adam Carr Publisher Url

Carr A. Ryan Gander: Chance Everything, Curated by Adam Carr Publisher Url

Carr A. Jesse Wine, curated by Adam Carr

Carr A. 'We've Got Mail', Curated by Adam Carr

Carr A. 'W A R', Curated by Adam Carr

Carr A. Gabriele De Santis: The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, Curated by Adam Carr Publisher Url

Carr A. 'SMALL Rome', Curated by Adam Carr Author Url Publisher Url

Carr A. 'We've Got Mail II', MOSTYN I Wales, Curated by Adam Carr Author Url Publisher Url

Engagement & Impact

Editorial boards:

The Exhibitionist, Editorial Board, with Pablo Leon de la Barra, Fernanda Brenner, Adam Carr, Massimiliano Gioni, Maria Lind, Carol Lu, Jessica Morgan, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Adriano Pedrosa, 2019

Collecteurs, New York, Editorial contributor and advisor for curatorial and editorial content, 2019

Membership of professional bodies:

Art Brussels, International Advisory Board, 2017

Media Coverage:, Interview 'WAR II', how to engage history with the contemporary (and vice versa).., 'Return Journey'., 'Simeon Barclay in conversation with Adam Carr'., Curatorial talk of 'MILES OF CREATIVITY'.