Nella Aarne
Nella Aarne is a Finnish curator living and working in Bradford-on-Avon and London, UK. She is the Co-Director of Obsidian Coast — a project space hosting exhibitions, residencies and events in Bradford-on-Avon — and the convener of the Of Animacy Reading Group at the ICA, London. Envisaging feminist and feminine modes of practice, her work considers collaborative learning, generative responses to anxiety-inducing neoliberal professionalism, and feminist thought engaging with the boundless agents that make up the material world. She seeks to employ democratic approaches to knowledge production and to create safe environments in which people can gather around shared concerns with care and sensitivity. Currently, she also works as the Administrator of Visual Arts South West. Nella worked in multiple capacities at the ICA, London, from 2012-2018, and has worked on curatorial projects for the ICA, Glasgow International, Art Licks Weekend and Science Museum. She earned her BA Honours in History of Art from the University of Leeds in 2012, completed the MFA Curating programme at Goldsmiths in 2015, and was the recipient of the Curatorial Junior Fellowship at Goldsmiths in 2015–16.