School of Arts and Cultures

Natalie Levi

Natalie Levi

Natalie is currently working with the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and studying for an MfA in Curating. She's also a visiting tutor at the University for the Creative Arts, Kent.

I moved down to London in August 2010 when I was organising a month long programme of arts and events. This ranged from opera to origami, and took place in Selfridges (Oxford Street).

At the moment I'm working with the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art which means, happily, I get to visit the North East regularly.

I've also been studying towards an MfA in Curating at Goldsmiths and am a visiting tutor at the University for the Creative Arts, Kent.

Gaining experience

Outside of my university studies, I've always worked on independent projects, both when I was studying Fine Art in Newcastle and here in the South.

I began by organising club nights and student exhibitions with course-mates around town and through this gained the confidence to curate an exhibition in London with students and alumni from art schools around the UK.

That led to an invitation to curate a show for the Royal College of Art in my third year. Since then I've curated shows and events with theatre companies, London Fashion Week, The British Folk Headquarters, The Goring Hotel, and sometimes even with galleries; The Zabludowicz Collection and Ben Uri Gallery, London Jewish Museum of Art being recent examples.

Advice

I'd advise current/prospective students to talk to anyone who'll listen about your ideas. Don't be afraid to approach people even if, especially if, it's concerning something you're completely new to.

There were always plenty of staff, particularly the LifeWorkArt tutor, to give really helpful practical advice, write letters of support or make useful introductions when I was at Newcastle University.