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The Stuart Hall Foundation appoints its first Executive Director

03 May 2018

The Chair and Trustees of the Stuart Hall Foundation are delighted to announce the appointment of Hammad Nasar as the Foundation’s first Executive Director. 

Hammad is a distinguished author, international curator, former gallerist, co-founder of the arts organisation Green Cardamom and a Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and at the University of the Arts, London. He joins the Foundation with a wealth of experience in the arts, culture and academia. He was Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong (2012-2016). As the Stuart Hall Foundation enters its third year, Nasar will lead the development of the organisation into a new phase, taking up his position in June 2018.

Warmly welcoming the appointment, Sue Woodford-Hollick, Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation said:

‘The trustees are delighted to welcome Hammad Nasar as our founding Executive Director. His extensive experience leading international arts organisations, his curatorial achievements and his proven success in developing crucial networks and partnerships will allow the Stuart Hall Foundation to grow and develop its artistic programme, scholarship and fellowship network, research and other initiatives. He is passionate about the work we do and I know he will enthuse us all to take the Foundation to the next level.’

Hammad Nasar added:

‘Stuart Hall’s conception of the cultural sphere, as both reflecting and shaping society, has been a lodestar in orienting my own relationship with culture. The Stuart Hall Foundation’s mandate to enable new thinking and inspire action towards a more just society feels vital for our divided times. I see the Foundation as a hub that fuels creative and critical practices; towards collectively imagining new futures, and instigating change. I look forward to working with the dynamic group of thinkers and doers, that are its Trustees and Patrons, to give this vision concrete form.’

More about Hammad Nasar

Photo: Stephen Lam

Hammad Nasar is an independent curator and Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, where he co-leads the London, Asia project. He is also a Senior Research Fellow (Black Artists and Modernism) at University of the Arts London.  He was Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong (2012-16), and co-founded the arts organisation Green Cardamom, London (2004-12). Hammad serves on the Board of Trustees of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and is a member of the Editorial Board of Tate magazine, Tate Etc. He is an advisor to numerous international arts organisations including Delfina Foundation (UK), Alserkal Avenue (UAE) and Lahore Biennial Foundation (Pakistan). He has curated many international exhibitions, including: Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play – the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (2005-13); Drawn from Life (2011); Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan (2006-10); and Who are You? Where Are You Really From? (2006).