Studio Voltaire’s annual open submission exhibition aims to showcase the strength and diversity of its membership, which currently comprises over 250 artists. The exhibition is open to entry to all artists, working in any medium, who are studio or external members of Studio Voltaire. Every year, the changing panel, made up of artists, writers and curators select artists’ work.
Curator of Film at Tate Modern, Stuart Comer oversees film and video work for the Tate Collection and Displays and organises an extensive programme of lectures and screenings focusing on current cultural issues and the history of artists film. He has contributed to numerous publications and periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Parkett and Art Review. Recent freelance curatorial projects include ‘An American Family’ at CASCO, Utrecht and Kunstverein Munich; ‘America’s Most Wanted’ for The Artists’ Cinema at the 2006 Frieze Art Fair, London; and Double Lunar Trouble at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. He is also a co-curator of the 2007 Lyon Biennial.
Polly Staple is a curator and writer based in London, currently working as Director of Chisenhale Gallery. She has most recently co- curated a touring, survey show of contemporary film and video from the UK, You have not been honest, produced by the British Council which opened at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples in May 2007. She is Editor at Large offrieze magazine and was formerly Director of Frieze Projects, the curatorial programme realised annually at Frieze Art Fair, London. She was previously Curator at Cubitt Gallery, London and co-editor of Untitled magazine.
Christabel Stewart is a co-Director of HOTEL, a commercial gallery in London, which she co-founded with Darren Flook in 2002. She is the arts editor of Tank Magazine and the mainly internet based project, SHOWstudio. She was previously Assistant Curator of fig-1, an exhibition programme of 50 projects in 50 weeks in 2001.
SV07: Member’s Show, selected by Stuart Comer, Polly Staple and Christabel Stewart, 2007. Installation View, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of the artists, selectors and Studio Voltaire, London.