Curtis, David (Writer/Researcher)

“As Senior Film and Video Officer at the Arts Council of England, David Curtis was in a unique position to overview the practical throughput of a film and video community in the UK. He has initiated various important exhibitions of artists’ works, and encouraged the support of artists moving-image in various contexts and communities.” – J.Hatfield

David Curtis was Senior Research Fellow at the AHRB British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. From 1977 to 2000 he was responsible for artists’ film at the Arts Council of Great Britain. In 2003-4 he curated Tate Britain’s largest-ever show of artists’ film and video, A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain. He was involved in the London Filmmakers’ Co-op in the late 1960s and ran the cinema at both the Drury Lane and Robert Street (IRAT) Arts Laboratories. His book ‘Experimental Cinema’ (1970) was one of the first books to survey the international film avant-garde.

in August 2006 his book: ‘A History of Artists’ Film and Video in Britain’, 1897-2004 was published This major book is the first comprehensive history of artists’ film and video in Britain. Structured in two parts (‘Institutions’ and ‘Artists and Movements’), it considers the work of some 300 artists, including Kenneth Macpherson, Basil Wright, Len Lye, Humphrey Jennings, Margaret Tait, Jeff Keen, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, Malcolm Le Grice, Peter Gidal, William Raban, Chris Welsby, David Hall, Tamara Krikorian, Stephen Partridge Sally Potter, Guy Sherwin, Lis Rhodes, Derek Jarman, David Larcher, Steve Dwoskin, James Scott, Peter Wollen and Laura Mulvey, Peter Greenaway, Patrick Keiller, John Smith, Andrew Stones, Jaki Irvine, Tracy Emin, Dryden Goodwin, and Stephanie Smith and Ed Stewart.
Other Books include:
London’s Arts Labs and the ‘60s Avant-Garde (2020)
Artists’ Film (World of Art), Thames & Hudson (2022)

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