Marta Marsicka

I am a curator, researcher and an art historian based in the Midlands. My curatorial interests are East-Central European identities and representation, migration and xenoracism, institutional critique, equity in UK-based art institutions. Read more about my work here.

Selected Projects:

1. 07.03 - 11.04.24 - Curator - WRACK LINE, High Holborn, LCF UAL, London

2. 04 - 06.24 (upcoming) - Co-curator - The Future of Curatorship, Paul Mellon Centre

3. 12.2023 - Co-Curator - Spoken Worlds, British Art Network

4. 02-06.2023 - Guest Curator - On Resilience, Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield

5. 04.2023 - Curator - Becoming a body of water, David Kovats Gallery, London

6. 09-12.2022 - Curator - Food Resilience, Polish Migrants Organise for Change, London

7. 02-05.2022 - Producer - OUTCOME, BACKLIT, Nottingham

8. 06.2021- Co-Curator - Piotr Krzymowski: Major Incident, Project THIRTEEN, London

Selected Writing:

1. 08.2023:

Exotic Cosmopolitanism: Magdalena Abakanowicz at Tate Modern, Art Margins

2. 05. 2022: The Porosity of British Art, British Art Network

3. 01.2022: For some, home is somewhere in between, British Art UnCanon

4. 06.2021: Piotr Krzymowski: Major Incident, Project THIRTEEN, London

Selected Awards, Grants and Bursaries:

1. Paul Mellon Centre Seminar Support Grant 2024

2. ECG Legacy Fund 2023

3. 10.2023-10.2029: Techne 

AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership for PhD: Representation of East-Central European women artists in the history of exhibitions in England after 1989.

4. 06.2022: Art Trade Training and Bursary, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

5.12.2021-12.2022: Developing Your Creative Practice Grant, Arts Council England

6.10.2020-11.2021: Emerging Curators Group Bursary, TATE, British Art Network and Paul Mellon Centre  


Becoming a body of water was a group exhibition, showcasing works by UK-based, East-Central European women artists. The show explored the social experience of being and becoming a CEE migrant woman through notions of adaptability, resilience, self-exploration, and connection with surroundings and the natural world.

The exhibition is inspired by the concept of hydrofeminism, developed by a cultural scholar and writer Astrida Neimanis. Neimanis’ writing and research focus on the cultural, social and political relationships between aquatic environments and Earth’s inhabitants, whose bodies are built primarily from water. Neimanis calls for a reevaluation of systems of power and responsibility, and advocates for creating sustainable bonds within the environment and between humans, based on care, trust and empathy.

In the Western art history, water has often been a symbol of transformation, change or unpredictability. It is ever-flowing and can take any course, depending on the circumstances and the vessel it inhabits. The exhibition revised the ideas of fluidity, adaptability and empathy concerning the East-Central European women artists' migration experiences.

Acceptance of change is a crucial element of the process of socialisation in a new environment, which eventually becomes home. We are ever-becoming, questioning our forms or essences as something fixed, solid and rigid. This fluidity becomes a tool of one’s resilience and agency.

Showcased works delved into fluidity on the symbolic level, through the explorations of self or the environment, but also on the literal level, by experimenting with textures, and natural materials, playing with the idea of preserving the elusive. The exhibition celebrates the resilience of CEE migrant women and provides a platform for their work and expression, which continues to be underrepresented in the contemporary art sector in the UK.

Participating artists: Natalia Janula, Maja A. Ngom, Miroslava Vecerova, Ana Milenkovic, Katia Kesic, Anna Kostritskaya, Noemi S. Conan