Lara Goodband

Independent Art Curator working with artists to explore museum collections and unusual places & spaces. I create new arts projects through participatory practice. I am a Lead Artist of Sea Swim and Curator of Sea Swim's touring exhibition Head Above Water which opens in July at Peninsual Arts, University of Plymouth. I am a Research Associate at the University of York, regularly work with University departments and am currently working with the Universities of Hull and Plymouth on exhibitions.

  • I am a visual art curator with the versatility to be able to work with both small gallery spaces and city-wide outdoor projects with multiple partners. 
  • I am an exhibitions specialist with twenty years experience of delivering contemporary and historic programmes.
  • I have developed expertise in participatory and socially-engaged art practices both as a curator and lead artist.
  • I create visual art projects that connect higher education establishments with artists and galleries.
  • I have excellent networks in the visual arts across Yorkshire and am well known across art forms, including literature and art, both nationally and internationally as a result of leading and producing two Cultural Olympiad projects. 
  • I mentor artists and students through my roles linked to the Universities of Hull and York, Crescent Arts and Chrysalis Arts.
  • I regularly raise funding through Arts Council England, European Funding and Trusts.


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Previous projects

  • York Curiouser

    Dates: 14/06/2014 to 07/07/2014  |  Venue: outdoors  |  City: York

    A major new arts project allowed visitors to discover exciting contemporary art in hidden and sometimes surprising parts of York. York Curiouser is placed new site-specific artworks in lesser-known parts of the city from 14 June to 7 July. It included new works from leading artists from around the UK who have been inspired by the rich history of York. York Curiouser was initiated and curated by Co-Artistic Directors Hazel Colquhoun, an independent public art commissioning curator, and Lara Goodband, an independent visual art curator, who say: “We wanted to bring a range of unique, high-quality, new art to a city that’s more often associated with tradition and history than with the contemporary. We’ve matched artists to sites and specialists to artists, and made use of the generosity and knowledge of many partners in the city, such as the two universities, and the friends of York Walls and of the River Foss. We’ve asked our artists to fully exploit the possibilities created by York’s unique atmosphere, complex medieval street pattern and hidden architectural gems. “York Curiouser is going to be full of surprises, such as Janet Hodgson’s film The Postern, being screened in the Fishergate Postern Tower; Heinrich & Palmer’s visually perplexing Red Tower installation; and John Wedgwood Clarke’s poetry temporarily inscribed on ancient walls, and Karen Thompson’s ceramic sandwiches left for people to discover – tiny things to stumble upon in a big city landscape.”