bloc // April 14, 2011

Michael Tooby ⁄⁄

Since March 2006 Mike has been Director, Learning and Programmes, Amgueddfa Cymru -National Museum Wales. He was previously Director, National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff. He was founding Curator, Tate St Ives. He previously held posts at Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge,

He has served on a variety of advisory bodies, most recently for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, for the culture programme, 2012 London Olympics, and for visual arts sector review, Arts Council England.

From 1999 – 2004 he was Chair of “engage”, the UK association for visual arts education in museums, galleries and public art, continuing as board member. He was external examiner in museums, arts and cultural management, City University London, 2002-7. He chaired the steering group for the first ‘Wales Pavilion’ at the Venice Biennale 2003, and was a member of steering group for 2005.Mike was for five years involved in ‘Collect and Share’, the Engage led EU European network for promotion of good practice in lifelong learning and the arts and heritage.

He has written for a variety of contexts about community based practice, cultural tourism, 20th century and contemporary art and applied art. He was an assessor of the architectural competition, and co-curatorial advisor for the opening exhibition, at the New Art Gallery, Walsall 1995 – 2000. He was recently part of the professional and academic seminar ‘Noves Politiques per al tourisme cultural’ at Fundacio Catalunya, Barcelona.

He has been a visiting lecturer and professor at colleges and universities throughout the world. He has research interest in Canadian art, curated two major exhibitions of Canadian art in the 1980s, and was MacReady lecturer in Canadian art in 1996. He is presently Visiting Professor in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the University of Glamorgan.