Manick Govinda

Manick Govinda is an independent arts consultant, artists mentor, writer and curator.

He is also an Associate with Counterculture and has undertaken work that includes business and strategic planning in the cultural sector, specialising in stakeholder consultations for local authorities and creative workspace providers.

He currently teaches on the Public Art and Performance MA.

Portrait of Manick Govinda

As a recent associate with Counterculture, Manick gathered invaluable evidence and intelligence from artists, funders and developers that contributed towards Manchester City Council and Rother District Council’s strategies for creative workspaces plans. He also co-wrote a cultural strategy for Oldham Council and the culture manifesto for London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Manick’s other freelance work includes mentoring artists and arts professionals, providing personal and professional development support and guidance.

He is also a writer and cultural commentator. He has appeared on Sky News, Russia Today, GB News and BBC Radio 4 and writes on diversity, freedom of expression and censorship in the arts.

Manick was formerly Programme Director for SPACE and previously headed Artsadmin’s innovative artists’ development programme for 18 years, which led to producing film and video installations by internationally acclaimed artists such as 2007 Turner shortlisted artist Zarina Bhimji, 2021 Venice Biennale representative for France Zineb Sedira and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awardee Larry Achiampong.

Manick is interested in teaching about professional practice in the arts, creative producing, mentoring undergraduate and post graduate visual art and performance students.

He commissioned and co-curated a collection of artworks for the five-star Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green in 2010-2012.

Manick also curates debates, talks and screenings on contemporary themes of identity, belonging and free speech.

  1. Index on Censorship
  2. University of Plymouth
  3. Shape Arts
  4. The Critic
  5. The Stage
  6. a-n The Artists Information Company
  7. Catalogue essays for British abstract artists Frances Aviva Blane and Basil Beattie

Manick Govinda
Visiting Lecturer on the Public Art and Performance MA
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