Marta Grabowska is an art historian and independent curatoress, with a background in creative photography. After learning the basics of curating at Central Saint Martins, UAL, she received her BA in History of Art and Curating from Birkbeck, University of London, where she researched ideas regarding Slow Art. She co-founded a Slow Art platform called ONE Project (2016) and sisterhood for CEE womxn and non-binary creatives, promoting cultural understanding called Red Zenith Collective (2020). She is a co-creator at artBLAB London.
2020 - present
Red Zenith Collective is a dedicated platform for empowering and supporting women, female-identifying and non-binary creatives from Eastern and Central Europe, with events to encourage collaborative learning and promote cultural understanding. It was founded by Marta Grabowska, an independent Polish curator and Zula Rabikowska, Polish photographer
2019 - present
artBLAB runs a series of laid-back lectures about art and its whereabouts. On the artBLAB events, artists and art professionals representing various disciplines come together to celebrate creativity.
2016 - 2020
ONE Project is a Slow Art platform founded by a creative duo Marta Grabowska and Magdalena Zoledz, who share a passion for an innovative approach to presenting and perceiving art, championing and researching the notion of Slow Art. The main purpose of the project is to exhibit one artwork and by this curatorial practice to induce contemplation, building a deeper relationship between the art object and the audience, and to encourage some new ways of seeing.
Speed Networking for Creatives
2014 - 2015
This cycle of events was designed by Marta Gto bring together emerging and established creatives. The main aim of the Speed Networking for Creatives was to spark collaboration between artists and art lovers working in different areas of the creative industry, share a conversation in the friendliest and most comfy place there is- the extension of your living-room - Ziferblat London.
Karin Janssen Project Space
Karin Janssen Project Space in Hackney was an artist-run gallery that promoted local and like-minded artists. I joined the gallery for the occasion of an international exhibition, including 60 artists based both in the UK and the Netherlands, titled Chinese Whispers.
Slow Art, being a quiet activism that makes art more accessible to broader audiences, is at the core of my curatorial practices. I strongly believe in the idea of a gallery as an experience, rather than a place; not an overwhelming or intimidating but a safe and liberating space, where an encounter with art and exchange of emotions takes place.
Contemporary Art Theories
Course at MoMA, NY. This course addressed the question what is contemporary art? by exploring a variety of perspectives on what art can do today, who makes it, what it is made of, and why it takes so many forms. Based on MoMA's collection.
History of Art with Curating
BA at Birkbeck, University of London.
Main field of research: Slow Art and the ideas of slow looking.
Secondary interest: Modernism and Young Poland movement, Gesamtkunstwerk - total work of art.
Sarah Sparkes' course on independent curating at Central Saint Martins, UAL, London.
History of Art and Architecture
Certificate of Higher Education at Birkbeck, University of London.
ND at Krakow School of Art and Fashion Design, Krakow, Poland. Specialisation: Staged Photography and set design.