Tom Trevor is a curator and writer based in the United Kingdom. He is Artistic Director of The Atlantic Project, a new international festival of contemporary art in the South West of England, the pilot for which took place in September-October 2018, in unconventional locations across Plymouth, UK. Entitled After The Future, this multi-site project incorporated new commissions by 20 artists and artists’ collectives from 12 countries, including site-specific installations by Nilbar Güreş, Liu Chuang, Hito Steyerl, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Postcommodity, Shezad Dawood, Ryoji Ikeda, Tommy Støckel, SUPERFLEX, Ursula Biemann, Chang Jia, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Uriel Orlow, amongst others.
Trevor was previously Guest Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015-16), Artistic Director of the 4th Dojima River Biennale in Osaka, Japan (2014-15), curatorial consultant to the 1st ARoS Triennale in Aarhus, Denmark (2014-15), Guest Curator at the Devi Art Foundation in Delhi (2013-14), Director of Arnolfini in Bristol, UK (2005-13), Associate Curator of the Art Fund International collection, UK (2007-12), and Director of Spacex in Exeter, UK (1999-2005).
As a curator of experimental emerging practice, Trevor has been responsible for numerous early career shows, as well as first UK presentations by artists such as Maria Thereza Alves, Cosima von Bonin, Matti Braun, Tania Bruguera, Meschac Gaba, Shilpa Gupta, Doris Salcedo, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Lois Weinberger and Haegue Yang. His recent curated projects include Music for Museums, a series of performances and sound interventions throughout the Whitechapel Gallery (2015-16); the 4th Dojima River Biennale in Osaka (2015), entitled Take Me To The River, with artists from 8 countries, alongside emerging and established practitioners from Japan; and Black Sun at the Devi Art Foundation in New Delhi (2013), including leading artists from the South Asian diaspora. In 2015, he worked on major commissions by John Akomfrah; Vertigo Sea, for the 56th Venice Biennale; and by Do Ho Suh; New York City Apartment / Bristol for the Art Fund International.
Over the past 20 years Trevor has curated numerous group shows and multi-site projects; e.g. The Visible & the Invisible (1996), the Free Association Series (1999-2000), the Home Series (2000-01), Generator (2002), Patterns (2002), Homeland (2004), Hortus: Botany & Empire (2004), Port City (2007), Far West (2008), Supertoys (2008), the Artist/Activist Series (2009-10), Museum Show pt I & II (2011), Version Control (2013), etc.
As Associate Curator of the Art Fund International (2007-12), Trevor led on building a major new £1million (GBP) collection of contemporary art from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, making 44 acquisitions, including works by Ai Weiwei, Yto Barrada, Cao Fei, Meschac Gaba, Shilpa Gupta, Emily Jacir, Amar Kanwar, Imran Qureshi, Walid Raad, Haegue Yang and Akram Zaatari, amongst others.
As a writer Trevor has authored, produced, or contributed to, over 40 publications, including artists monographs with publishers such as Walther Konig, Hatje Cantz, Jovis and Dumont. His most recent published texts were for the Bruges Triennale 2018 catalogue (The Space of Flows), the launch of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town in September 2017 (Port City: Cape Town in Africa Modern) and for the documenta 14 Daybook. In 2015, he was shortlisted for the International Awards for Art Criticism, in Shanghai.
Trevor is an elected member of AICA (International Art Critics Association), IBA (International Biennial Association) and IKT (International Curators Association), and was previously a member of Plus Tate (chairing the digital working group) and the national steering group of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network. He was founding Chair of Visual Arts South West, in the UK. He studied at the Ruskin, University of Oxford, and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (2014-19), where he was conferred a Doctorate of Letters in 2014.