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  

Between October and December 2022, I commissioned artists Dana Olărescu and Noemi Gunea, who collaborated on Food Resilience, a series of weekly workshops debating food politics with Londoners of Eastern European heritage.

Commissioned by POMOC (Polish Migrants Organise for Change), and generously hosted by Calthorpe Community Garden, the project explored food, plant, and cultivation knowledge-sharing as a tactic to withstand and organise during the cost of living crisis. 

Alternative economics became an underlying theme. Participants bonded through their shared ancestral fears of famine, violence, and invasion, while dreaming of wider networks of mutual aid. Selected artists were also invited to facilitate the sessions. Artist and educator Magda Fabianczyk invited everyone to make a ‘democratic soup’; performance artist Anca Dimofte asked for soil regeneration pledges during the Day of the Dead celebrations; and fine artists Olha Pryymak and Lika Tarkhan-Mouravi debated Eastern colonialism through the prism of Georgian tea.

A final public-facing event took place in December, with contributions from artists, activists, food lovers, therapists, and other community members whose paths crossed at Calthorpe Community Garden. These included learning about setting up food co-operatives, reflections on migrant land workers’ rights, and navigating daily stresses.

The workshops informed a zine which is freely accessible here.