Shoair Mavlian. Photo: Thomas Haigh.

Shoair Mavlian Appointed Director of UK’s Photoworks

Photoworks, the UK organization dedicated to promoting photography through various initiatives including its Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, a journal on photography and visual culture, the international Brighton Photo Biennial, and other programming, has announced that Shoair Mavlian will become its new director. Mavlian, currently an assistant curator at Tate Modern, will take up the post in February. She succeeds Celia Davies, who left in December after an eight-year tenure.

“We ran an exhaustive recruitment process for the new director, with a very high standard of international applicants. Shoair stood out with her combination of deep experience in commissioning photography, excellent networks, and passion for supporting emerging practice,” Matt Locke, chairman of the board of trustees, said.

Since 2011, Mavlian has researched acquisitions for Tate’s international collection and curated exhibitions such as “The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection” (2016) and “Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions” (2014). She also cocurated the upcoming show “Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art,” which will open at the Tate Modern this May.