Converse/Dazed 2013 Emerging Artists Award

Michelle Cotton

Michelle's strong theoretical background underpins her role as a curator for firstsite gallery in Colchester.

Michelle's strong theoretical background underpins her role as a curator for firstsite gallery in Colchester. She studied English at King’s College London, then focused on art history during her MA at the world-reknowned Courtauld Institute of Art. She has worked for such major institutions as the Tate, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and our partner, the Whitechapel Gallery, presenting solo exhibitions by the likes of Henning Bohl and Paul Sietsema among many others, and received the Cubitt Gallery’s curatorial bursary in 2009. She has been on advisory panels for LUX and the Scottish Arts Council, and was a selector for the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award for Museums 2012.

Michelle is holding out for work that displays “intelligence... Or just makes me think.”