Jonathan Watkins

Curator and the Director of the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK


Watkins emigrated to Australia with his family in 1969 and studied Philosophy and History of Art at the University of Sydney. He was curator at the Chisenhale Gallery in London in the early 1990s. Watkins later worked at the Serpentine Gallery from 1995 to 1997 as the institution’s curator, and worked in a curatorial freelance capacity for the Biennale of Sydney in 1988. In 1999, Watkins was appointed to his current role as Director of the Ikon Gallery, and has also curated projects at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, the Venice Biennale in Italy, the Hayward Gallery in London and Tate in London.