Aly Grimes is an Independent Curator and Co-Founder of Stryx - an artist-run project space and studios located in Birmingham, UK. Her curatorial work is concerned with new media art, collaborative methodologies and interdisciplinary modes of practice.
Aly is interested in fostering long-standing connections between artistic practitioners around the globe and is a founding member of September Collective, a pluri-cultural group of creative producers formed under the auspices of the School of Curatorial Studies, Venice.
In 2015 she co-curated ‘Symphony of Hunger; Digesting Fluxus in Four Movements’ with September Collective and in partnership with Fondazione Bonotto, Europe’s largest Fluxus art collection and featured twelve international commissions.
As part of her independent curatorial practice, Aly initiated an innovative new project entitled ‘Short Circuit’ for which she has recently received awards for from New Art West Midlands, the Arts Council England and the Danish Arts Foundation. The project comprises a re-assessment of an archetypal touring exhibition featuring nine new media artists and collectives and will travel from Birmingham to Venice and Copenhagen from 2016 – 17.
Aly has previously worked for the National Trust, Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), Flowers Galleries (London) and Compton Verney (Warwickshire). She was recently selected as a guest consultant to advise on Birmingham City University’s new Chinese Contemporary Art MA course and presented talks entitled ‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’ for Turning Point West Midlands and ‘Conversations in Curatorial Practice’ at Ikon.
She currently lives and works in Birmingham operating as the Project Coordinator for Javelin Block, a historic building re-animation company.
Photography: Short Circuit (Marcin Szymczak), Symphony of Hunger - Digesting Fluxus in Four Movements (Aly Grimes, Kerem Guman, Alexine Rodenhuis); School of Curatorial Studies (Kerem Guman); STRYX (Marcin Szymczak)