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Harriet Cooper

Harriet Cooper

Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts

London, England

Curator from Manchester currently based in London.

Head of Visual Arts at Jerwood Arts with responsibility for developing and leading their visual arts work including projects, partnerships, funding, research and awards. I curate Jerwood Arts’ exhibition programme in London and on tour around the UK, working closely with early-career artists to develop ambitious new commissions. I'm currently an Independent Member of the Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice Advisory Committee 2020-2024, and a mentor for Sculpture Dublin Experiment! Award.

Prior to this I held roles at Firstsite, Colchester; the British Council, London; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool; and The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. I was co-curator of Phyllida Barlow’s commission 'folly' for the British Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 and developed the major commission 'Not Yet At Ease' with Raqs Media Collective for 14-18 NOW in 2018.

In my own curatorial practice I am committed to supporting early-career artists and curators to create new work and develop their practices, considering the conditions and care that can create the best environment for this. Forthcoming projects include Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator, a new pilot scheme to provide curatorial and leadership development for early-career visual arts curators from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Contact for freelance curatorial, mentoring or writing projects.


  • Independent Member (Wales in Venice Advisory Committee 2020-2024)
  • International Touring Exhibitions Manager (British Council)
  • Programme Manager, Exhibitions & Events (firstsite)
  • Head of Visual Arts (Jerwood Arts)
  • Curator (British Council)
  • Curator, British Pavilion (57th Venice Art Biennale 2017)


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