Doryphore Independent Curators Society is a collective of curators founded in 1999 and incorporated as a non-profit society on May 30, 2005.
Our mission is to support members’ efforts to produce projects and work in collaboration with other institutions and independent curators towards accomplishing the development of contemporary artistic and independent curatorial practices.
- To facilitate activities including research, production, presentation & dissemination of ideas, materials, events, exhibitions, publications, etc. initiated by Doryphore members that contribute nationally and internationally to the visual arts.
- To investigate new models to enable independent curatorial development and production.
Board and Member Composition
Doryphore Board of Directors are elected by its existing members. New members join by invitation and acclamation of existing members.
Doryphore members provide creation and coordination of exhibitions, publications and projects produced for a range of partner organizations such as public galleries, museums, publishers and other groups. Exhibition-related work is combined with other contract work and arts administration. Member curators have experience as gallery directors, curators and writers, and often serve as mentors for entry-level individuals working as project assistants. Members are committed to paying professional artist, curatorial, and staff fees for projects.
Doryphore strives to create a network of independent curators, providing greater visibility for their curatorial projects and the capacity to reach diverse audiences through the collective’s platform.
Curator, Writer, Art Consultant, Public Art Planner
Karen is an independent curator, writer, editor and art consultant who lives in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a Public Art Planner for the City of Vancouver. Independent exhibitions include Allyson Clay: Imaginary Standard Distance (2002, Walter Phillips Gallery and touring); Variations on the Picturesque (2005, with Karen Love, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery) and Sara Angelucci: Of Landscape and Light (2007, Richmond Art Gallery), among others. She was formerly Director of Western Front (1986-1993); Director/Curator of the Burnaby Art Gallery (1993-1996); and Adjunct Curator, Presentation House Gallery (1997-2000). She received a Banff Centre Curatorial Fellowship in 2000 and a National Gallery Research Fellowship in 2004. Her writing has been published in Ciel Variable, Afterimage, Prefix, Blackflash, Parachute, High Performance, Video Guide and various exhibition catalogues. She is a founding member of Doryphore Independent Curators.
Joni is a curator and writer whose research explores interconnection, intercultural conversations, sensory experience, public space and their attendant shifts in contemporary life. Recent projects include What Are Our Supports?, Afterlives: Germaine Koh and Aron Louis Cohen, Hank Bull: Connexion (tour) and the symposium Underground in the Aether. She has presented projects across Canada, including Galerie de L’UQAM (Montréal), Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Flotilla Atlantic (Charlottetown), Burnaby Art Gallery, VIVO and Or Gallery (Vancouver). Her essays and criticism are published in exhibition catalogues and periodicals including Canadian Art, ESPACE art actuel, The Capilano Review, Vie des Arts and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. She lives on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories (Vancouver).
Artist, Educator, Curator
David is an artist, educator and independent curator who lives in Vancouver, Canada. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous exhibitions over the past forty years. In 2017, he co-curated Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting with Senior Curator Bruce Grenville for the Vancouver Art Gallery. With Doug Kirton, he co-curated Robin Peck: Crania that toured across Canada in 2018-19. He is currently organizing Now Bulletin: Artworks from the Garry Neill Kennedy Collection for Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver that opens May 2020. MacWilliam is a Professor Emeritus in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design where he taught from 1988 to 2017.
Marisa C. Sánchez, Ph.D.
Art Historian, Curator
Marisa is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary art. Her teaching and research interests include methodologies of art history, feminist art histories, the intersection of visual art and Samuel Beckett’s writings, exhibition histories, and curatorial practice. Her interdisciplinary approach engages the history of art and counter-narratives, which offer inclusive perspectives that broadens the scope and understanding of the study of artists and their work.
In 2019, Sánchez received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. She is currently preparing a book proposal on her dissertation, The Beckett Effect: The Work of Stan Douglas, Paul Chan, and Tania Bruguera. Prior to her doctoral studies, Sánchez was Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Seattle Art Museum.
Lisa has worked in curatorial roles in public art galleries in Western Canada since 1999, including Senior Curator at Contemporary Calgary (2014-16) and Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon (2012-14). She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from 1999 to 2009. She holds MFAs in Creative Writing (UBC) and Art (University of Saskatchewan) and is currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Baldissera has served on contemporary art juries across Canada and internationally, including the Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize (The Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation); Canada Council for the Arts; Saskatchewan Arts Board; Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Painting Competition; the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards; the Sobey Art Award; British Columbia Arts Council; Prix Pierre-Prince-de-Monaco jury; and as a guest of the British Arts Council outreach program.
Recent curatorial projects focus on issues of care, hospitality and reconciliation, as well as methods of art writing, and include, Person/ne on Arendtian forms of care, citizenship and personhood for Griffin Art Projects, and at Contemporary Calgary. Curated exhibitions include: UTOPIA FACTORY; WILD: Fabricating a Frontier (with M:ST and Calgary Underground Film Festival), and Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do? co-produced with independent curator Joanne Bristol.
Her current PhD project addresses vulnerability in the public sphere through exhibitions, a short story collection of ficto-critical writing and the examination of Canadian writers and artist Emily Carr and Lisa Robertson, and American writer Chris Kraus.
Curator, Researcher, Writer
Makiko is an independent curator, researcher and writer who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
From 2007 – 2013, Hara was the chief curator, and later served as an interim director at Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. She has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions internationally for over twenty years in Japan and Canada since the 1990s. In Japan, she has served as project coordinator for several international exhibitions, including the Yokohama Triennale (2001/2005) and the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2003). Recent independent curatorial projects includes: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto (2009) Guest curator, Fictive Community Asia- Koganecho Bazaar (2014), Tottori art and Residency Festival (2014-16). Hara has been involved in LIVE Performance Art Biennale since 2007 as a curator, advisor and recently an associate curator and has organized numerous art projects based on performance practices.
Her position as a recent immigrant to Canada and working in-between her mother land, Japan and Canada – of which the leading country of multi-culturalism and advanced policy on reconciliation of indigenous people and our colonial history – has led her art practice to create a platform to share the cultural exchange and dialogue on ongoing social, political and environmental issues through contemporary art practice.
In 2019, Hara co-founded a cultural exchange platform called “Pacific Crossings“ with four other curators in Vancouver, and organized the research residency, lecture, and talk by directors/curators across the Pacific Rim. She has contributed essays to catalogues and magazines, including an entry in Mutations: Perspectives on Photography (Paris Photo, 2011); “Rethinking of Tokyo Art Speak,” in Institutions by Artists: Volume 1 (Fillip, 2012); and Mash Up, the Birth of Modern Art, Vancouver Art Gallery (2016). She also published, A Journey with Cindy Mochizuki, on Rock Paper Scissor-K if for Kayashima (Artspeak press, 2019). Currently she serves as a Direction Advisor at International Exchange Centre in Akita University of Arts, Japan (2017-20).
Researcher, Artist, PhD Candidate
Sydney is a researcher, artist and PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies programme at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. Through his writing and artistic research, he is interested in critically examining the media of contemporary logistics and extractivism in Canada. His critical writing has appeared in journals including Synoptique and Scapegoat. Originally from Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, he is now based on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver.
Current Board Members
Karen Henry, Founding Member, Curator, Writer, Art Consultant, Public Art Planner, 1999 – present
David MacWilliam, Artist, Educator, Curator, 2018 – present
Lisa Baldissera, Curator, Director of Griffin Art Projects, 2019 – present
Brice Canyon (MacNeil), Founding Member, Curator, Writer, 1999 – 2005
Sharla Sava, Ph.D., Founding Member, Curator, Writer, 1999 – 2006
Annette Hurtig, Founding Member, Curator, 1999 – 2012
Greg Bellerby, Curator, Writer, 2004 – 2006 and 2014 – 2018
Karen Love, Curator, Writer, 2004 – 2015
Cindy Richmond, Writer, Editor, Arts Consultant, 2006 – 2013
Barbara Cole, Artist, Curator, Educator, Public Art Consultant, 2006 – 2016
John Thompson, 2009 – 2013
Yaana Dancer, Artist, Writer, 2009 – 2015
Allison Collins, Curator, Writer, Researcher, 2014 – 2016
Robin Simpson, Curator, Writer, 2016 – 2018
Tatiana Mellema, Curator, Public Art Planner, 2018 – 2019