Spike Island and CAPC musée are pleased to announce that Alice Motard, Curator at Spike Island, has been appointed Chief Curator of CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux. She will begin her new role in Bordeaux on 2 March 2016, while also completing her current projects at Spike Island; solo exhibitions by Michael Beutler (spring 2016) and Xavier Antin (summer 2016).
Alice Motard studied Art History at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Freie Universität Berlin. From 2003 to 2006 she worked in the educational departments of Palais de Tokyo and Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau in Paris. In 2008, she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London. Prior to her move to Bristol in 2014, she worked as the Deputy Director and Exhibitions Organiser of Raven Row in London from 2008 to 2013, where she curated the group exhibition Unto This Last (2010), and co-curated The Stuff That Matters (2012), the first exhibition of the collection of historic textiles assembled by Seth Siegelaub, and the first posthumous retrospective of the work of the Czech artist Běla Kolářová (2013). In her two-year tenure at Spike Island she curated an off-site project by Gareth Moore and the first solo exhibitions in a public art gallery in the UK by Anna Franceschini, Isabelle Cornaro and Reto Pulfer.
Helen Legg, Director at Spike Island, said: ‘Though sorry to wave Alice goodbye, we are delighted to see a valued friend and colleague lead the curatorial team of a museum with such a dynamic and influential history of exhibition making and strong collection as CAPC musée’.
María Inés Rodriguez, Director at CAPC musée, said: ‘The museum is greatly looking forward to Alice Motard joining its team. Through her international education and career, and the rich curatorial experience she has acquired at Spike Island, her work will no doubt contribute to the local, national and international resonance of the artistic programme of the CAPC musée’.