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Tamsin Silvey

Tamsin Silvey is Cultural Programme Curator at Historic England, where, since 2015, she has worked commissioning artists, curating exhibitions and developing a cultural programme. She specialises in photography, contemporary arts and heritage projects and began working in this field in 2007 at cultural consultancy Candlestar, where she developed, managed and curated the international tour of the global photography prize on sustainability, Prix Pictet. She is a steering group member for the subject specialist network Photography Collections Network, a Trustee at Photo Fringe and a PhD candidate at Birkbeck’s History of Art department interrogating how conflict photographs have been curated within temporary exhibitions at British institutions from 2010-20. In 2020, she produced Picturing Lockdown, commissioning 10 artists and crowdsourcing photographs that captured a week of Lockdown in England for Historic England’s Archive. She curates the national commissions programme of the nationwide High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme, funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Working across art forms, it is the widest-reaching, community-led arts and heritage programme in the public realm ever nationally organised. Tamsin has a BA in the History of Art from Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck.

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