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Ms Lara Goodband

Honorary Research Fellow

I have over 25 years’ experience as an art curator in galleries, museums and unusual places and spaces. I am currently Contemporary Art Curator and Programmer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter, a position funded by Arts Council England.  On taking up this new role in October 2018, I immediately commissioned film maker Michelle Williams Gamaker to create a new film inspired by RAMM's Artic collections, titled 'The Silver Wave'. I curated the popular and critically-acclaimed 'Sea Garden' exhibition in 2019 which included work by Lucy Skaer, Mikhail Karikis, Dorothy Cross and Bryony Gillard amongst others. I am currently working on a new show for Autumn 2022 'Earth Spells: artists in the Anthropocene' wiht new commissions by Florence Peake, Emma Hart and Lucy Stein. 

I initiated, curated and delivered major contemporary art exhibitions and education projects as part of Hull City of Culture. I was part of the Ferens Art Gallery curatorial team that enabled its position on the shortlist for Museum of the Year 2017. From 2011 to 2013 I directed international programmes for Cultural Olympiad including the award-winning Sea Swim project. My experience includes strategic planning and partnerships across cultural institutions as well as co-directing the large-scale, outdoor contemporary art project York Curiouser in 2014/5. As Director of Exeter Culture based at the University of Exeter I recruited a new steering group, developed its vision and brand and commissioned the new arts and culture strategy. 

I studied English Literature/History of Art [EQUAL] at the University of York (1990-93) before a diploma in Fine Art and then an MA in History of Art at the University of Manchester. I have been an Associate of the Museums Association since 2000. 

Research interests

Contemporary visual art in all media specifically relating to the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Contemporary artists that engage with the more-than-human. Contemporary art which relates to witches and the Anthropocene.

Research collaborations

I am currently working with Arts and Culture on the Here's to Thee project led by artist Simon Pope