Úna Henry, Head of the Master Institute AKV|St.Joost

Dr. Úna Henry

1971, Ireland

Started working at Master Institute of Visual Cultures in 2018

Since 2018, Irish born curator, writer and educator, Dr. Úna Henry is Head of the Master Institute of Visual Cultures in 's‑Hertogenbosch and is a member of the Management team of St. Joost School of Art & Design. She is responsible for curriculum development and the continued professional development of the team across the four master pathways in Situated Design, Ecology Futures, Visual Arts and Post Contemporary Practice and Animation. She brings her combined experience as a cultural organiser and researcher occupied with radical pedagogy and the role of art and its institutions in relation to labour and the political economy. 

As artistic director of SMART Project Space in Amsterdam from 2002-2012, she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated cross-disciplinary contemporary arts programme, and organised major exhibitions of international standing together with an active public programme of events, as well as numerous symposia working alongside some of the most eminent artists and theorists in the field.

She received her doctorate in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford in 2017. Her thesis, The Politics of Knowledge That Leads Elsewhere, is an examination of the knowledge economy as understood under the hypothesis of cognitive capitalism and its impact on contemporary social art practice, in particular the educational turn in art and curating.

She is currently working on a new publication Un-belonging: Counter imaginaries of the Present Throughout the Borderlands of Europe and Beyond in Film and Media. She has taught on Fine Art courses at Wimbledon School of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London. 

I’m honoured to be appointed Head of the Master Institute. I’m looking forward to supporting the international community of students, practitioners and scholars and developing further a world class artistic research culture to generate new ways of thinking and creative practice. It’s a really exciting challenge to develop and integrate the Master Institute into a wider research enquiry committed to tackling today’s urgencies.