Japanese-born curator Sayoko Nakahara awarded 2012 H+F Curatorial Grant


Sayoko Nakahara, a young curator who was born in Japan but now lives and works in London, has been awarded the H+F Curatorial Grant by art education and exhibition organisation FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, administered in collaboration with collector Han Nefkens, founder of the H+F Collection.

Sayoko Nakahara, winner of the H + F Curatorial Grant for 2012.

Sayoko Nakahara, winner of the H + F Curatorial Grant for 2012.

The grant was developed “to give young international curators the opportunity to participate in the development of exhibition projects based on the collection of FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais“. Nakahara will be incorporated into the FRAC team as an assistant curator, responsible for “coordinating local, national and international exhibition-projects and bringing a fresh view on the collection as well as on the development project of the future FRAC plus her own curatorial project”.

Says Nakahara of her win, as quoted in a FRAC press release,

I am immensely grateful to gain such an invaluable opportunity at FRAC. Highly interested in the unique locality and vast collection of FRAC, I intend to extensively elaborate inspiring exhibition projects together with my curatorial and editorial background.

About Sayoko Nakahara

Nakahara obtained her B.A. in Philosophy of Science from ICU, Tokyo, in 2000, and worked as an art writer and editor for cultural publications. Moving to London to pursue her Masters in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice at Chelsea College of Art in 2008, she has worked on multiple curatorial projects at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini (Bristol) and Ikon (Birmingham). Independent exhibition-projects include “Sunset in the Morning” (Master Piper, London, 2010) and “Katsumi Omori: Everything happens for the first time” (198 Contemporary Arts, London, 2011).


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Japanese-born curator Sayoko Nakahara awarded 2012 H+F Curatorial Grant — 1 Comment

  1. Hi, I am writing and illustrating a FREE ebook on the history of abstract photography. I have devoted one page to curators and I would like permission to freely use the image of Sayoko Nakahara and some of the text about her in my ebook. It will be published only online in 2014. Thank you,

    The day is full of possibilities.

    Tom Reaume,
    Winnipeg, Canada

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