SITE is an interdisciplinary commissioning initiative run by Cairo Clarke, combining strategic support, artist development and curatorial experimentation based on autonomy, agency and exchange.
Whether through printed matter, performances, partnerships & collaborations, exhibition projects or public programming; SITE is dedicated to working with those who have taken non-traditional routes into, and go largely unrepresented within the arts; taking an intersectional and context-sensitive approach in a demand for new ethics.
About Cairo Clarke
With a wealth of experience working across arts and culture, Cairo has maintained an approach with both artists, and organisations based on trust, transparency and collaboration.
Through her experience in exhibition programming and public art commissioning she noticed a need for change in the types of artists and projects receiving exposure and opportunities to better reflect our society and experiences in a legacy building way. Cairo has built and continues to build strong, lasting relationships with artists and decided to incorporate this into the foundation of SITE; thus being a dynamic approach to artist development and commissioning, safeguarding those she works with and their audiences, whilst also developing diverse dialogues within the arts by acting as a curatorial catalyst.
Previous positions include Arts Project Manager for public art commissioning agency Futurecity working on the development of major international public art commissions, Assistant Curator for Art on The Underground, Curator at DKUK, Assistant Curator of Kunstraum, as well as ongoing consultancy based work for Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Guest Projects, Century Club, Art Nights 2017 and Bold Tendencies 2016.
Alongside of formal work Cairo Clarke has developed a curatorial practice focused on exploring dissemination of artistic practice in forms that disrupt and destabilise cultural hegemony and dominant narratives by reimagining notions of space, location, audience and context with projects such as Touch Sensitive and publication SITE. She has a growing profile in art events as a speaker and moderator at Tate Modern, Royal Academy of Arts, Goldsmiths University, RCA White City, Studio 1.1 and Tate Exchange. Cairo has written for DATEAGLE ART, King Kong Garçon, ASC Gallery, Dazed Digital, Künstlerhaus Journal, This is Tomorrow, Century Club, Studio 1.1 and Arcadia Missa.