ICA London Appoints Katharine Stout as Deputy Director and Richard Birkett as Chief Curator

After former Artists Space director Stefan Kalmár took up a new post as director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the ICA today announced the appointment of Katharine Stout as deputy director and Richard Birkett as chief curator, who will both start their roles in spring 2017.

Commenting on the appointments, Kalmár said: “I am very proud about the two appointments made today and I am looking forward to working closely with Katharine and Richard. Both are extraordinarily talented individuals and together we will be able to unleash the full potential of this amazing organization—shaping the future program and advancing the leading role of the ICA as a whole.”

Since 2013, Stout has been the head of programming at the ICA. She curated the ICA’s recent exhibitions of Richard Hamilton, Tauba Auerbach, Hito Steyerl, Prem Sahib, Betty Woodman, and Sonia Boyce. From 1999 to 2013, Stout was curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, where she organized exhibitions with artists such as Liam Gillick and Patrick Keiller, as well as Turner Prize exhibitions and permanent collections displays. Her book Contemporary Drawing: 1960s to Now, was published by Tate in 2014. Stout studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. In 2001, she cofounded the Drawing Room with Mary Doyle and Kate MacFarlane.

Between 2007 and 2010, Birkett was a curator at the ICA before joining Kalmár as a curator at Artists Space in New York. Before that, he was at the artist-led Whitechapel Project Space in London. Since 2016, he has been the curator at Yale Union in Portland, Oregon, and he will continue to collaborate with the organization on their 2017 exhibitions and the development of a future study program. At Artists Space, he cocurated exhibitions with artists such as Bernadette Corporation, Lukas Duwenhögger, Laura Poitras, and Cameron Rowland. During his previous tenure at the ICA, he conceived and curated the 2008 exhibition series “Nought to Sixty” and cocurated “Talk Show” (2009), “Calling Out of Context” (2009), and “Chto Delat?: The Urgent Need to Struggle” (2010). In addition to editing publications such as Cosey Complex (2012), Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years (2013), and Tell It to My Heart - Collected by Julie Ault, Volume 2 (2015), Birkett has contributed writing and essays to a variety of journals and magazines, including Artforum, Art in America, and Afterall.