BETHANY WILLIAMS is an emerging curator based in Birmingham, UK.
Bethany has recently completed an MA in Art History and Curating from the University of Birmingham. She achieved a Distinction and will graduate in December 2019. Her dissertation, "#InfinitySelfies: A Social Approach to the Art Selfie" which examines the selfie obsession surrounding Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms, was awarded a high First Class. It addresses the motivations of such selfies from a cultural theoretical perspective, in particular in context to Guy Debord's Society is the Spectacle, highlighting late-stage capitalism, consumerism, our image-obsessed contemporary culture and the perceived elitist aesthetics of fine art amongst its various influences.
In 2016, Bethany graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Art History with Fine Art from Aberystwyth University. She achieved a First Class dissertation, titled "Representing Female Innocence: Girlhood, virginity and religion in the early works of the Pre-Raphaelites". Between 2016 and 2017, Bethany worked within merchandising for the commercial art galleries Whitewall and Clarendon Fine Art in publishing and distributing original paintings and limited editions. Since 2018, she has worked for Birmingham Museums Trust across their heritage sites as a Museum Enabler. She has volunteered as a documentation assistant at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and has recently completed an eleven-month curatorial placement at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
\ The "Instagram Effect" within the exhibition space.
First Class MA dissertation: "#InfinitySelfies: A Social Approach to the Art Selfie" (2019)
\ Decolonising cultural institutions.
Paper: "Critical Analysis of The Past is Now in Decolonising the Museum" (2019). Achieved a high first (82%). The paper critically evaluated the effectiveness of curatorial intervention in decolonising the museum. Additional research interest is implementing artwork, interpretation and exhibitions to challenge the systemic Eurocentric narrative of the Empire often presented in the permanent displays of museums by revealing truths, and subsequently creating important conversation regarding our colonial history.
At home, Bethany is surrounded by an array of plants, art prints, vinyl records and her two cats.