Madeleine Kennedy is a curator whose practice focuses on experimental and feminist approaches to exhibition-making.She is a doctoral candidate in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the Ruskin School of Art, researching the function and form of the exhibition through a combination of curatorial practice and philosophical analysis.
Her most recent exhibition is The Enchanted Interior (Laing Art Gallery, 12 October 2019 – 22 February 2020, touring to Guildhall Art Gallery from 13 March – 14 June 2020), which shows contemporary work by female artists in dialogue with nineteenth-century paintings, in order to critique and subvert the popular motif of the interior as a ‘gilded cage’ in which women are pictured as ornamental objects.
Previous exhibition projects include Exploding Collage (Hatton Gallery, 29 September 2018 – 12 January 2019), which explored how female artists of the early twentieth-century avant-garde expanded the notion of collage into immersive and often ephemeral formats; Francis Bacon | Ellen Gallagher (Hatton Gallery, 26 January – 18 May 2019); and Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists’ Eye (Laing Art Gallery, 18 January – 4 June 2017).
She has an undergraduate degree in Art History & Philosophy from the University of St Andrews, and an MA in Curating the Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her research and writing has been published in journals such as Stedelijk Studies and Architectural Research Quarterly, and she has contributed essays to artist monographs on John Kippin (Kerber, 2018) and Dan Holdsworth (Hatje Kantz, 2018). She is co-editor of ‘Kelly Richardson: Pillars of Dawn’ (Kerber, 2019), and editor of ‘The Enchanted Interior’ (Laing Art Gallery, 2019).
Madeleine has experience in curatorial departments at the Laing Art Gallery, Hatton Gallery, Firstsite Gallery, Tate Britain and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.