about

Pierre d’Alancaisez is a curator and critic specialising in social and political art practices. As a PhD researcher at Birmingham City University, he investigates interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and the relationship between artists’ access to non-arts skills and the impacts of artistic practices.

For a decade, Pierre was the director of waterside contemporary in London, where he pioneered social practice and art activism approaches in the art market. He has curated exhibitions with artists that included Turner Prize nominee Oreet Ashery and has commissioned works with artists such as Mirza and Butler which travelled to Artes Mundi and Sydney Biennale.

He has also been a cultural strategist in higher education and the charity sector, a publisher, a scientist, and a financial services professional.

Recent work

Hannah Wohl: Bound by Creativity

Hannah Wohl: Bound by Creativity

What is creativity? While our traditional view of creative work might lead us to think of artists as solitary visionaries, the creative process is profoundly influenced by social interactions even when artists work alone.
Review: The Class Ceiling

Review: The Class Ceiling

Class may be the ultimate English taboo. The understanding and signalling of class or other identity attributes may become an obstacle to classical class analysis. An entirely different political class narrative may be called for that transcends the boundaries of sociological understanding before returning to the discipline once again.
Precarious futures

Precarious futures

How might we frame and/or utilise precarity and the (un)known in our research? Can we give these concepts a language and what forms do they take?