Emma Braso

Cultural Programme Curator, UCA Canterbury


Emma Brasó is an art historian and curator.

Emma has been Cultural Programme Curator at University for the Creative Arts since October 2013.  She is in charge of programming the Herbert Read Gallery (Canterbury) and Zandra Rhodes Gallery (Rochester). In this position, she has developed projects with artists, writers and designers such as Gustav Metzger, Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair, Janez Jansa, Janez Jansa and Janez Jansa, Rosana Antolí, Aberrant Architecture, Kieren Reed or Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, and collaborated with institutions like the Serpentine Galleries, Turner Contemporary, the Whitstable Biennale, or the Canterbury Cathedral. Part of her programming has been dedicated to critically discuss forms of economic, educational and social organization in neoliberal times.

In 2012 she was appointed curatorial fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and organized a six-month cycle of exhibitions on art and empathy at the Youth Art Space of Madrid. Previously, Emma acted as Visual Arts Advisor at the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and was involved in the negotiations to transformed an abandoned tabacco factory in Madrid into the Cultural Centre La Tabacalera. She has also carried out an independent career as critic in diverse media (ExitExpress, Arte Contexto, Flash Art International) and as curator of concept-oriented exhibitions in New York, Spain, and the UK. 

Her current PhD research at Royal College of Art analyzes the intersection of fiction and authorship in art practices from the 1980s until today. Emma holds a MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University (New York) and a BA in Art History and Theory from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. 

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, representing the Spanish Ministry of Culture (2008/10)

Awards, Grants and Commisions:

  • Funding for projects from Arts Council England, Accion Cultural Espannola, Mondriaan Foundation, Fondo Arte and European Regional Development Fund.
  • Fellowship from Jose Maria Sicilia Foundation for doctoral studies (2013)
  • Curator in residence at Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow) through a curating.info fellowship (2012)
  • Curatorial grants for the development of original exhibitions at Sala de Arte Joven (Madrid), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), ISE Foundation (New York)
  • Fellowship from “la Caixa” Foundation for postgraduate studies (2005/07) 

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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