Sally Frater is an independent curator and writer. She holds an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA (with Distinction) in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. A member of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and ICI (Independent Curators International) and co-founder of Third Space Art Projects, she has recently completed residencies in the Core Program at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Project Row Houses, Houston. Currently she is the Pollock Gallery Curatorial Fellow at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Hart House 2012
- Co-curator of 28 Days: Reimagining Black History Month with Pamela Edmonds, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
“I am really proud of 28 Days and the way that it unfolded. Pamela and I were able to create an exhibition that contained multiple entry points for viewers to engage with the exhibition; there were myriad ways of interpreting it. I think that the exhibition helped to open up a discussion regarding the ways in which the work of Black artists is presented and consumed which, in turn, shifted the ways in which the actual works in the exhibition could be read. For the most part, it seemed as though visitors to the space really responded to the exhibition and seemed to understand what we were attempting to do, and for me that was one of the most rewarding aspects of the entire process.
“Hart House provided us with a platform to stage an exhibition that had been four years in planning. This was the largest exhibition that we had worked on to date, and it actually took place in two venues: Georgia Scherman Projects as well as the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. We were able to work with many internationally-based artists who would not have had access to without the infrastructure of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery supporting our efforts. Having the opportunity to present the exhibit at Hart House brought attention to our curatorial collective and created a number of additional professional opportunities for us. Hart House also provided us with a space to host a conference that was held in conjunction with the show, which permitted us to extend and flesh out the discussion of many of the issues that 28 Days raised.
“Co-curating an exhibition while I was in a different location than my collaborator did present some challenges as did working in a space that we had visited before, but weren’t entirely familiar with. However, we were able to make things work! The space itself isn’t difficult to work with. It is a great space.
“Currently, I am dividing my time between Dallas, Texas and Hamilton, Ontario and am working on curatorial projects independently and with Third Space Art Projects, the curatorial collective that I co-founded with Pamela Edmonds in 2009.”