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Professor Paul Goodwin

Professor and University Chair, University of the Arts London

Phone: 0207 887 8655


Paul Goodwin is a curator, art educator and urban researcher.

His research interests are in the fields of the history and theory of post-war architecture and urbanism in London and Paris, critical theories of modernism and difference in art and African immigration and urbanism in Paris since 1945. Paul’s current curatorial research interests focus on art and migration, the visual art of the African diaspora, transnationalism and global exhibitions.

As a curator at Tate Britain from 2008-2012 he directed Tate Britain’s pioneering Cross Cultural Programme a multi-discpliniary platform exploring the impact of globalisation on contemporary art in Britain. He has curated and co-curated a number of internationally significant exhibitions including: 'Transfigurations', Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (MACBA), 2014; 'Charlie Phillips: The Urban Eye', New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 2013; 'Migrations: Journeys Into British Art', Tate Britain 2012; 'Thin Black Line(s)', Tate Britain, 2011; 'Go Tell It On The Mountain: Towards A New Monumentalism', 2011 and 'Ways of Seeing', 2012, 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park in Verbier, Switzerland; 'Coming Ashore', 2011, Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, Portugal; 'Underconstruction', Hospital Julius De Matos, Lisbon, Portugal, 2009.

In 1993-94 Paul was a Visiting Research Fellow at URMIS research unit on the sociology of immigration and society at the University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot. In 2002-2003 he was a Visiting Professor in Urban Studies at Connecticut State University in New Haven, USA.

As an urbanist, Paul specialises in integrating perspectives of cultural diversity into urban regeneration and planning initiatives through working with local communities in deprived areas using art and creativity as tools for empowerment and expression.

He is Chair of Black Art & Design Studies at University of the Arts London; a Senior Research Fellow at UAL's Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN) research centre, a Trustee of Third Text journal (2010-2013) and an elected Honorary Member of the Franco-British Inter-governmental Council. He was on the Board of Yinka Shonibare MBE Guest Projects in 2010-2011. Goodwin is currently Curatorial Director of the 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park and International Residency Programme in Verbier, Switzerland.

He has been invited to give keynote lectures and chair conferences at universities and museums around the world including: University of Sydney and Australia Council, Australia; Museum of Modern Art, Rio, Brazil; the Sorbonne in Paris; Danish Centre for Art and Interculture, Copenhagen, Federal Agency for Civic Education , Berlin; Stedelik Museum Bureau in Amsterdam, Tate Modern in London.

In 2006, Paul co-organised with Bonnie Greer, an international seminar on the "Challenges of Diversity in France and Britain" for the Franco-British Council.


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