CATHY HAYNES is a curator, artist, writer and educator. In 2014 she was Chisenhale Gallery’s artist in residence in Victoria Park, London, making Stereochron Island, a public project reimagining the park as a tiny island territory campaigning to become a state without clocks. In 2013 she was Timekeeper in residence at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London, where she devised and led an interdisciplinary research project into how we model time across history and culture. Cathy was a founding faculty member and the former Curator at The School of Life. She has also been Curator for Art on the Underground and Head of Interaction at Artangel. She studied at Cambridge and Goldsmiths.
Cathy Haynes is a London-based curator, artist, writer and educator.
Cathy’s independent projects include her role in 2014 as Chisenhale Gallery’s artist in residence in Victoria Park, London. For this she made Stereochron Island, a public offsite project that reimagines the park as a tiny island territory campaigning to become a State Without Clocks (Stereochron.org). In 2013 she was as Timekeeper in Residence at UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. There she initiated and led an AHRC-supported creative research project on the cultural history of how we think about time, with expert discussions, interviews, workshops, a blog and a mini-publication. She completed the project by making a 3D diagram of 35 historical pictures and models of time. From 2006 to 2009 Cathy collaborated with Sally O’Reilly to make Implicasphere, a serial mini-publication distributed inside Cabinet magazine, and the exhibition Smoke (Pump House, 2008). [For full details of artist projects and exhibitions, see Studio.]
Cathy was a founding faculty member and the former Curator at The School of Life. She has also been Curator for Art on the Underground where, among other projects, she produced Michael Landy’s major public project for the Central line, Acts of Kindness (2011). She was previously Head of Interaction at Artangel, where she initiated and co-produced the Nights of London series (2003-06), which included new commissions by Sukhdev Sandhu and Janice Kerbel.
Cathy is regularly a guest speaker and workshop leader for cultural and academic bodies. These have included the Clore Leadership Programme Short Course, the British Council/ UCL Museum Training School, the Royal College of Art’s MA in Curating Contemporary Art, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and How the Light Gets In philosophy festival in Hay-on-Wye. She has also been a guest contributor for the Digital Human and Human Zoo programmes on BBC Radio 4, and the Weekly show on Monocle 24 Radio. She leads a regular walking tour of the creative process for Dotmaker Tours, London. [For more details, see Talks & Workshops.]
Cathy holds an MPhil in History (2006) and MA (dist.) in cultural studies and critical theory (Media & Communications, 1997), both from Goldsmiths University of London. She received her BA (1st Class) Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University in 1995.
Image top: Cathy leading a dawn walk into Stereochron Island, 2014. Photo: Maria Eisl. Image bottom: Cathy giving the inaugural address at Jem Finer’s first Longplayer Day (Artangel/Goldsmiths), 2017.