Pollyanna Clayton-Stamm is an independent curator and creative producer. Her programming practice spans visual and performance art, architecture, dance, popular culture, music, graphic design and digital media, while her ability to turn creative ideas into workable, successful events and exhibitions makes her a highly regarded producer.
Working in London, Manchester and Sydney, Pollyanna has delivered a series of highly influential visual and performing arts projects. Her close working relationship with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Poots has seen her produce two pioneering group exhibitions – 11 Rooms and 13 Rooms – and act as consultant curator on two of Manchester International Festival’s commissions for 2015: Ed Atkins’ Performance Capture and an extraordinary collaboration between Gerhard Richter and Arvo Pärt at the Whitworth.
Pollyanna has also worked with London’s Design Museum, Tate Modern and Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney, one of Australia’s leading contemporary arts organisations.
As Head of Creative Programmes at Urbis, Pollyanna curated a series of progressive exhibitions for the organisation, among them Black Panther: Emory Douglas & the Art of Revolution; it was subsequently rated as one of the “top ten of the decade” by the Museums Journal.
Working as part of its senior leadership team, Pollyanna helped generate a more distinctive, programme-led profile for Urbis. A focus on popular and urban culture, and the creation of content rich, highly visual and immersive shows, led to a 70% increase in footfall, as well as the engagement of new and more diverse audiences.
Richter / Pärt, Manchester, 2015 (consultant curator & producer)
Performance Capture, Manchester, 2015 (consultant curator & producer)
Designers in Residence, London, 2014 (curator)
13 Rooms, Sydney, 2013 (producer & production manager)
11 Rooms, Manchester, 2011 (creative producer)
Videogame Nation, Manchester & Ashington, 2009, 2011 (co-curator)
Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution, Manchester, 2008 (curator)
Little Black Dress, Manchester, Barnsley, Carlisle, 2006, 2011, 2012 (curator)
Will Alsop’s SuperCity, Manchester, 2005 (creative producer)
Ill Communication II, Manchester, 2004 (creative producer)
Joel Chester Fildes