Ellie Porter is a cultural programmer specialising in artists’ archives. She is Head of Programme at Art360 Foundation, an independent charity helping artists and estates create archives and legacy strategies. She works in the homes and studios of UK artists focused on painting, sculpture, performance, photography, moving image and conceptual work.
She is interested in helping to create practical resources and transparent frameworks for archiving and curating, which centre and empower artists in the process. She has developed platforms for knowledge exchange between artists, the freelance taskforce and museum curators through online and physical events, workshops, exhibitions and collaborative projects. Project partners have included John Hansard Gallery, the Showroom, The National Archives and the International Curators Forum. In 2018, she co-wrote the first free mobile app for archiving.
In 2019 Ellie founded the ‘Expanded Archives Network’, offering training and discursive forums for archivists, curators and memory workers looking to create visibility for artists’ legacies. In 2022, she is co-organising EAN events with Hauser & Wirth Institute on anti-oppressive language and relationships in archives.
Ellie is interested in interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to curatorial practice. Her academic background is in Art History and Museum Curating at the University of Sussex.