Mar 11 2018

Brian Curtin appointed as Curator/Director of Sàn Art from April 2018

Sàn Art is very pleased to announce that Brian Curtin will join our non-profit contemporary art organization as new Curator/Director from April 2018.

Brian will immediately oversee important new directions for Sàn Art including our Curatorial Training Program for emerging Vietnamese and Southeast Asian professionals, and the launch of new collaborative artist-in-residence programs. We will re-launch our signature Sàn Art Laboratory, a model of artistic training that centers around the exchange of ideas via discussion and critique. Another new program will be a partnership to provide production opportunities for artists using video.

Sàn Art’s other plans include educational and publishing initiatives in art history and art criticism to strengthen our platform in engaging and contributing to regional and Global South dialogues.

Reinvigorating our experimental spirit as a grassroots, community-based art space, Sàn Art looks forward to welcoming Brian and shaping new pathways with him from April 2018 onwards.


Brian Curtin is Irish-born and has been based in Bangkok since 2000, where he lectures in art history and visual culture at the Faculty of Architecture of Chulalongkorn University. Brian holds a PhD in studio art from the University of Bristol, UK. He is a widely published art critic and his curatorial work includes The Ethics of Encounter: Contemporary Art from India and Thailand (2008); On the Threshold of the Senses: New Art from Southeast Asia (2012); Radiation: Art and Queer Ideas from Bangkok and Manila (2014); and Rates of Exchange, Un-Compared: Contemporary Art in Bangkok and Phnom Penh (2014), co-curated with Roger Nelson. Brian founded and managed the experimental venue H Project Space in Bangkok from 2011-2018, and he continues to evolve projects under the mantle Brian Curtin Projects.