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Megan Jayne Ryder

b. 1994

Curator and art educator based in Essex.


2016-17, MA Curation, Norwich University of the Arts
2013-16, BA History of Art, University of East Anglia


2017, Still Still-Lives (Curatorial Assistant), The Minories Galleries, Colchester

2017, MA Degree Show, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich

2017, Pavilion of the Senses, Norwich Market, Norwich

2017, Compositions, The Staircase Gallery, Create Norwich

2017, Listen, Studio 20, Norwich

2016, MA Interim Show, Norwich University of the Arts

2015, SIfA Presents Charity Ball Auction Exhibition, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA)



2017, The Still Still-Lives Detective, The Minories Galleries, Colchester

2017, Hans-Peter Feldmann Appropriation workshop, East Gallery NUA, Norwich

2017, Jerwood Painting Fellowship Narration workshop, East Gallery NUA, Norwich

2016, Firstsite summer family arts programme, Firstsite, Colchester

2016, Arts Makers and Creators, Firstsite, Colchester

2015, Eighth in the East, Norfolk



2017, Volunteer Coordinator, Firstsite Colchester

2017, Gallery Assistant, Firstsite Colchester

2017, Curatorial Assistant Volunteer, The Minories Galleries

2017, Exhibition Event Assistant, East Anglia Art Fund

2016-17, Education and Evaluation Internship, East Gallery NUA

2016 -17, Gallery Assistant, East Gallery NUA

2015, Conference Assistant, Association of Arts Historians

2015, Event Assistant, Chris Dercon Lecture, University of East Anglia

2015, Vice Project Manager, SIfA Charity Ball and Auction

2014, Volunteer, Moore In Focus Private View, SCVA

2014, Invigilator and Event volunteer, SIfA Presents: Movements in Modernism, SCVA

Moving away from the typical ‘white cube’ design, associated with curatorial practice, my research has focused on providing a unique viewing experience by generating alternative exhibition formats. I approach curation with a desire to engage a range of the viewers’ senses and my exhibitions are intended to encourage exploration, playfulness and, most importantly, create a conversation surrounding contemporary art.

From my background as an art historian, my approach to the planning of exhibitions relies upon a research-based approach. Often my thought process responds to the theoretical writing of theorists with an interest in the expansion of interactive and participatory art, e.g. Claire Bishop and Mark Wilsher.

As a result, I have centered my own research on questions of how contemporary art is increasingly rejecting the experience of ‘passive viewing’. Art is no longer exclusively looked at. Instead, audiences are encouraged to walk across, lay within, touch and listen. This progression is reflected through the increasing number of exhibitions in the UK since the millennium involving interactive and participatory art.

I curate exhibitions that motivate the audience to use multiple senses. Art should be accessible to all and my research demonstrates that this can be achieved by encouraging new ways of engaging.