Curator & Producer
Yves Blais is a curator and producer, and works for Outset Contemporary Art Fund.
Over 2018 and 2019 he has overseen fig-futures, a series of week-long exhibitions and a museum acquisitions programme across four institutions around the UK. This follows his work as Assistant Curator at fig-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks, and the ICA Studio in London in 2015.
He produced ‘Love is Enough’ an exhibition that surveyed Andy Warhol and William Morris by Jeremy Deller at Modern Art Oxford.
His experience also extends to commercial sector programming at White Cube’s international art fairs and showroom hangs, as well as its exhibitions, prints and editions.
At Outset, he manages the implementation of Studiomakers, a strategic private-public initiative to counteract the loss of affordable creative workspaces in London, which includes a brand new initiative, the Creative Land Trust.
Clare: How important do you think awards and competitions are for artists today?
Yves: With quickly waning funding support from the public sector, it’s harder than ever to be an artist. Awards like this are important to get your name out there, and a bit like applying for a job, just going through the process gives space to focus on what it is you are doing, why you are doing it and who you are doing it for.
Clare: Do you have any advice for artists out there who are thinking about entering this competition?
Yves: As with the practice of making art, make it for you and listen to your intuition as it usually knows best.