Gavin Wade (1971, GB) graduated as a painter from London’s Central Saint Martins in 1994. He curated his first exhibition in 1996 and has operated as an artist-curator ever since. In 2008 he founded Eastside Projects, an experimental art space in his home-town of Birmingham, with five other artists, architects and designers.
He calls himself a pragmatic utopian. Wade was Research Fellow in Curating at Wolverhampton University (1999-2002) and Birmingham City University (2004-2008) (2012-present). In 2010, he received the major Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award for exceptional cultural entrepreneurs.
Besides many various group exhibitions and projects internationally, he has also curated solo exhibitions with, to name but a few, Liam Gillick, Dan Graham, Mike Nelson, Jennifer Tee, Carey Young and Bas Jan Ader. Wade also uses writing and publishing as a key part of his practice as an artist-curator and has authored, edited and published over 40 books and is a prolific tweeter as @eprjcts. His most recent book, UPCYCLE THIS BOOK, is a collection of his writings since 2005 and will be released by Book Works and Stroom Den Haag in the autumn of 2016.