The David Roberts Art Foundation, the London-based nonprofit dedicated to contemporary art, announced today that independent curator Fatoş Üstek has been appointed as the organization’s new director. She will be responsible for overseeing the expansion of the foundation’s presence in London and the development of new initiatives across the UK.
Üstek was born in Turkey, and lives and works in London. Prior to joining DRAF, she worked as an independent curator and writer. In 2017, Üstek was selected as one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000the newspaper's list of influential figuresfor her program Art Night, a festival of live commissions by eleven artists that was presented in public spaces across East London. In 2015, Üstek oversaw “fig-2,” a marathon series of fifty weeklong exhibitions in London’s ICA Studio, and in 2014, she served as associate curator for the Tenth Gwangju Biennale.
“I am excited to build on DRAF’s values as we start another chapter of engaging artistic and critical agency,” Üstek said. In October 2018, she will curate the eleventh edition of DRAF’s Evening of Performances. The annual event returns to KOKO, London, during Frieze week. Üstek succeeds founding director Vincent Honoré, who stepped down to become a senior curator at the Hayward Gallery last October.