Rosa Abbott is a writer and curator based in London. She holds an MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins (2019) and BA(Hons) English Literature/History of Art and Architecture from Trinity College Dublin (2012).

Rosa’s curatorial practice foregrounds pleasure, sociality, subjectivity, discussion, and the joy of reading, sharing and generating texts. Alongside Roisin Agnew and Daniel Bermingham, she is a co-founder of the curatorial collective Liquid, which explores expressions of intimacy in the public and private realms.

Rosa worked on press and communications for Kerlin Gallery, Dublin for four years, and has written about contemporary art, fashion and pop culture for magazines including Hyperallergic, Aesthetica, Paper Visual Art, The Gloss Magazine, and Totally Dublin, where she was arts editor for five years. 

She is currently working on a book of experimental biographies (to be published in 2022).

Interests & Obsessions


Rosa Abbott CV



EDUCATION
  • MA Culture, Criticism and Curation (1st), Central Saint Martins, 2019 – Distinction
  • BA(Hons) History of Art & Architecture / English Literature (II:1), Trinity College Dublin, 2012

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
  • Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts, September 2022 (forthcoming)
  • Jupiter Woods, London, Autumn 2021 (forthcoming)
  • I Like to Watch, online exhibition, Liquid, 26 November 2020 – 25 January 2021
  • Meet Me in the Marshes (curated by Liquid), Hackney Marshes, London, 1 August 2020
  • FEATHER DUSTING / FUTURE LUSTING  (curated by Kleió), online exhibition, launched 18 June 2020
  • Warm Yourself By My Trash Fire, online journal by Liquid, 21 March – 29 May 2020
  • Write Back: accountability in the age of digital intimacy (curated by Liquid), Raven Row, London, 5 March 2020
  • No horizon, no edge to liquid (co-curator), Zabludowicz Collection, London, 16 January – 23 February 2020
  • We breathe in the space between (co-curator), MIR Project Space, London, 1–17 November 2019
  • Nothing in the Papers (co-curator), CSM Window Galleries, London, 11–25 April 2019 
  • I Am Dynamite (co-curator with Roisin Agnew), The Complex, Dublin, 22–23 September 2018  

CATALOGUE ESSAYS
  • Artist texts for The Great Invocation, GARAGE, Rotterdam, 2021 (forthcoming)
  • ‘You Want It Darker’ in Liliane Tomasko, dark goes lightly, Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provene, 2019
  • ‘Full Circle: The Pop Cultural Orbit of Theosophical Thought’ in A Modern Panarion: Glimpses of Occultism in Dublin, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 2013 

SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Curatorial Assistant, Woman in the Machine, VISUAL Carlow/Carlow Arts Festival, 2021
  • Press/Communications, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 2015–2018
  • Editorial Assistant, The Gloss Magazine, 2013–2015
  • Arts Editor, Totally Dublin, 2010–2015

TALKS, TOURS & LECTURES
  • Curating talk for students of Curating Culture at Birkbeck, February 2021
  • Curating talk for students of Curating Contemporary Art at Chelsea School of Art, December 2020 
  • Life After: one-hour talk by Kleió for students of MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, 9 December 2020
  • Provocation by Kleió at Future of Museums: Curation, organised by the Museums Association, Wellcome Collection, London, 25 March 2020 (postponed – new date tba)
  • Curator’s tour of No horizon, no edge to liquid at Zabludowicz Collection, 18 January 2020
  • Professional Practice guest lecture for students of BA Fine Art, TU Dublin, 25 November 2019
  • Future of Irish Feminism panel chair, I Am Dynamite, The Complex, Dublin, 22 September 2018 
  • Exhibition tour of Kathy Prendergast’s Atlas at Kerlin Gallery for Dublin Gallery Weekend, 26 November 2016

BOARD/COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS
  • Dublin Gallery Weekend, 2017
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