Kieran Swann is a curator, producer, and artistic collaborator; working in both performance and visual art.
He is one half of McCarthy-Swann Projects, a curatorial collaboration that supports contemporary artists to create moments of connection, between artists, audiences, communities and individuals. McCarthy-Swann Projects platforms feminist, queer, and culturally diverse perspectives, to expand understandings of what is possible through a generous sharing of experiences.
Kieran is currently Head of Live Programme for Wellcome Collection, a London museum focused on the intersection of art and health; he has previously held positions at Arnolfini, Bristol’s international centre for contemporary arts (Head of Programme); Theatre Network Australia, the nation’s leading advocacy organisation for the performing arts (Program Producer); and Metro Arts, Brisbane’s home for experimental and contemporary art and performance (Program Manager). He has also worked on a short term basis with Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Performance Space 122 (now Performance Space New York), Danspace Project, and Venice International Performance Art Week..
Kieran has studied at Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, in Connecticut USA; Victorian College of the Arts; and Queensland University of Technology.
His body of work has been described by ABC Radio as “nothing short of brilliant”, and RealTime has noted him a “fabulous liar in a mundane world”.